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A Texas wind power company is scrapping its Eastern Shore project amid political opposition

Pioneer Green Energy wrote to the Somerset County Commissioners last month that it was indefinitely suspending the project due to “unanticipated hurdles and roadblocks.”  More »
A Red-Tailed Hawk flies past a wind turbine on Monday Dec. 9, 2013, at a wind farm that sits on newly acquired property by the East Bay Regional Park District near Livermore, California. (Associated Press)

California wind farm operator donated to backers

Opponents of the wind power company say extending its permit to continue operating means three more years of potentially disastrous effects on the population of golden eagles in the region.  More »
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Obama: Energy effort to help environment, military veterans

The Energy and Defense departments are extending to a total of 10 military bases nationwide a pilot program that teaches exiting service members how to install solar panels.  More »
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Houston-based wind company expanding

Representatives of Houston-based EDP Renewable told the Wayne County commissioners Wednesday the company will study parts of Wayne, Randolph and Henry counties as possible wind farm locations.  More »
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Odessa coal-to-gas power plant to break ground this year

A new power plant in West Texas that essentially transforms coal into cleaner-burning natural gas is poised to break ground later this, an executive in charge of it said at a conference in Houston Wednesday.  More »
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Citigroup says renewables will continue upward trajectory, even as crude tumbles

Oil generates about 5 percent of global electricity and doesn’t generally compete directly with wind and solar power, Citigroup researchers said.  More »
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Nation’s biggest nuclear firm makes a play for green money

Chicago-based Exelon essentially wants to change Illinois state rules for its power market as the nuclear industry competes with historically low prices for natural gas.  More »
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Dynegy gets federal OK to buy Duke, Energy Capital plants

In buying the units, which sell power in competitive wholesale markets, Dynegy will nearly double the company’s electricity generation capacity.  More »
Rep. Sylvester Turner speaks at the Texas State Capitol in 2009. (Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman)

Electric industry pushes back against bill restricting minimum-use fees

During a late-night hearing in Austin on Wednesday, the companies argued that “minimum use fees” — charged to customers who use too-little electricity each month — are fundamental to the economics of some power plans.  More »
a worker sprays water in the switchyard area of the under- construction coal-fired power plant, partially financed by the Japan Bank for International Cooperation, in Kudgi, India. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)

Japan uses climate cash for coal plants in India, Bangladesh

Despite mounting protests, Japan continues to finance the building of coal-fired power plants with money earmarked for fighting climate change, with two new projects underway in India and Bangladesh.  More »
Duke Energy employees work on power lines in Charlotte, N.C.  AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)

Duke Energy to appeal $25.1M fine by NC regulators

The state Department of Environment and Natural Resources previously called the penalty the state’s largest for environmental damages.  More »
Frank Gehrke, chief of California Cooperative Snow Surveys Program for the Department of Water Resources plunges the snow depth survey pole into the snowpack he conducts the snow survey near Echo Summit, Calif., Tuesday March 3,  2015. The third snow survey of the season showed the snow pack to be .9 inches deep with a water content of 6.9 inches, which is 5 percent of normal for this site at this time of year. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

California first to feel hydro-power crunch of drought

Snowpack in the Sierra Nevada stands at 12 percent of average. Energy officials say that means less melting snow throughout the year to run the turbines at dams.  More »
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Industry study ranks Texas 10th in solar capacity

Texas is the 10th-ranked state for U.S. solar capacity, according to a study published Thursday by the Solar Energy Industries Association, a trade group.  More »
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EIA: Electricity prices rose at fastest rate in six years in 2014

Residential electricity prices surged last year for residents in many of the country, but 2015′s rate hikes are expected to be less dramatic, according to a new analysis by the U.S. Energy Information Administration.  More »
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Oklahoma leaders looking for more wind regulations

Oklahoma rolled out the welcome mat for the wind industry a decade ago with lucrative tax incentives and a lax regulatory environment, but as the number of wind farms has skyrocketed, so too has the concern among landowners.  More »
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