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A thick cloud of fog and morning light engulfs wind turbines at the BP Sherbino Mesa II Wind Farm in Fort Stockton. ( Michael Paulsen / Houston Chronicle )

US ranks No. 1 for new wind projects

Texas leads the pack with 12,000 megawatts of wind power generation capacity, according to the American Wind Energy Association’s annual market report.
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Renewables could feed all New York power needs, academics say

A new study says New York could get the power it needs from wind, water and sunlight by 2030 with a concerted push, though the state’s decade-long effort to significantly boost green energy shows how challenging that could be.
Outgoing Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, shown during a recent interview, told lawmakers on Thursday that his successor will unveil new oil and gas drilling rules soon after taking office.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Cape Wind could break ground this year, Salazar says

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Friday he is optimistic that the nation’s first offshore wind farm will break ground this year after more than a decade of delays.
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BP wind sale highlights renewable energy struggles

BP is putting its wind business on the block, its latest retreat from renewable energy as the company moves to focus on its core oil and gas operations.
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New England renewable energy plan a hard sell

Establishing a New England market to buy renewable energy seemed a laudable goal when governors committed last year to bulk purchases of wind and solar power to knock down the price while reducing the region’s reliance on fossil fuels. But putting together details is snared in a patchwork of rules, state laws and disagreements over how even to define alternative energy.
Solar panels on the roof of a California winery (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Renewable energy projects get green light

Three large-scale renewable energy projects have been approved for construction on public lands in California and Nevada, federal and state officials announced on Wednesday.
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Nuclear industry withers in US as wind pummels prices

The U.S. wind-energy industry went on a $25 billion growth binge in 2012. The surge is creating havoc for nuclear power and coal generators that sell their output into short-term markets.
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AEP will close coal units in settlement with EPA

American Electric Power Co., the largest U.S. coal user, said it will stop using coal to generate power at three plants, as part of a settlement with government regulators and environmental groups. It’s a sign of continuing pressure on coal-heavy utilities.
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Survey: Majority support focus on alternative energy

A survey conducted by the Pew Research Center found that a majority of Americans say the priority for addressing the nation’s energy supply should be developing alternative energy sources rather than increased production of oil, natural gas and coal.
Rupert Murdoch delivers a keynote address at the National Summit on Education Reform on October 14, 2011 in San Francisco, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Murdoch reveals Keystone XL opposition via Twitter

Media mogul Rupert Murdoch took to Twitter to air his energy grievances this weekend, including revealing his opposition to the controversial Keystone XL pipeline.