Renewable Energy

Mexico state: Indians approve embattled wind power project

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Residents of a heavily Indian area have approved the installation of a huge wind power project in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec in southern Mexico, the Oaxaca state government said Friday.

The proposed construction of 132 giant wind turbines is meant to generate 396 megawatts of power, but the project has raised concerns over vibrations, bird deaths and invasion of Indian lands.

Canadian rivers: Solution to Northeast's high energy prices?

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Plenty of raw electricity sloshes around in Quebec's rivers and reservoirs, promising relief for U.S. northeasterners, who pay the nation's highest power costs. But getting those electrons to smartphones and air conditioners in Boston, Hartford and New York City is another matter entirely.

In review or under construction are five large-scale hydropower proposals that could pump thousands of megawatts into the Northeast and ease prices as supply increases. But critics worry that transmission lines will despoil the natural beauty of places like New Hampshire's White Mountains, and that overreliance on it will stymie efforts to trim consumption and develop renewable energy sources closer to home.

NY ski areas to run on solar power

Source: 
News10

Three ski areas operated by New York state – Whiteface, Gore and Belleayre – will be using solar energy under a 25-year power purchase agreement with Borrego Solar announced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday, News10 reports.

SolarCity unveils small biz leasing plan

Source: 
Los Angeles Times

SolarCity Corp. is preparing to roll out a financing plan aimed at putting rooftop panels on small and medium sized businesses, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Wind project would boost MidAmerican to 57 percent renewables

Source: 
The Des Moines Register

A proposal before Iowa regulators to allow MidAmerican Energy to add 552 megawatts of energy generated by wind would mean the utility would be getting 57 percent of its capacity from renewable sources, CEO Bill Fehrman told The Des Moines Register,

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Officials hope 1st US offshore wind farm will boost industry

NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) — Construction has begun off Rhode Island's coast on the nation's first offshore wind farm, a milestone that federal and state officials say will help the fledgling U.S. industry surge ahead.

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell said Monday that lenders, regulators and stakeholders can now see a path forward.

Deepwater Wind exception in tough climate for offshore projects

Source: 
The New York Times

Deepwater Wind may be making steady progress in its plan to install five wind turbines off the coast of Rhode Island, but obstacles continue to stall other, larger projects, The New York Times reports.

North Carolina solar project bought by Duke

Source: 
Charlotte Business Journal

The renewable division of utility giant Duke Energy has purchased an Ecoplexus Inc. 20-megawatt solar project in northeastern North Carolina for an undisclosed sum, the Charlotte Business Journal reports.

Salt Lake City to generate energy from its water system

Source: 
KSL

By installing microturbines inside the pipes of the municipal water system, Salt Lake City hopes to generate up to 190 kilowatt hours of electricity, KSL reports.

HP strikes 12-year deal for wind power

Source: 
The New York Times

Hewlett-Packard has inked a contract with SunEdison to buy enough wind power to operate its data centers in Texas, The New York Times reports.

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