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Deepwater Wind's giant turbine foundations heading to RI

Source: 
The Associated Press

The enormous steel structures that will support the turbines for the first U.S. offshore wind farm are being shipped from Louisiana to Rhode Island, The Associated Press reports.

Wind transmission line gets thumbs down in Missouri

Source: 
The Kansas City Star

The Grain Belt Express, a $2.2 billion transmission line proposed by Clean Line Energy to bring wind power from Kansas to points east, through Missouri, has been rejected by the Missouri Public Service Commission, The Kansas City Star reports.

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BLM slammed for leaving taxpayers vulnerable on wind, solar projects

The Bureau of Land Management is under fire for its management of wind and solar projects on federal lands after an audit by Congress’s watchdog arm revealed the agency is struggling to keep track of bonding for reclamation, leaving taxpayers on the hook if projects go under.

The Government Accountability Office found that BLM’s systems for keeping track of the reclamation bonds it collects for rights-of-way, or authorization to use a parcel of federal land, were inadequate. The report also found the agency wasn’t adhering to standards to periodically review bond amounts.

Fishermen’s Energy appeals wind farm decision to New Jersey's high court

Source: 
NJ Spotlight

Fishermen’s Energy is appealing the rejection of its proposed 25-megawatt wind farm to the New Jersey Supreme Court, NJ Spotlight reports.

Cameron’s father-in-law to benefit from UK wind subsidy: Report

Source: 
Express

Although the British government last week announced an early end to a program offering subsidies for land-based wind farms, those who already have planning permission will still be eligible, a condition that would benefit UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s father-in-law, the Express reports.

Subsidies for new UK wind farms to end in 2016

Source: 
The Wall Street Journal

Saying it has enough projects in the pipeline to fulfill renewable energy commitments, the British government is ending a program offering subsidies for new land-based wind farms in 2016, a year earlier than planned, The Wall Street Journal reports.

DOE urges taller wind turbines

Source: 
The New York Times

A new Energy Department reports concludes that increasing the height of wind turbines by 100-200 feet could make wind farms feasible in more locations and increase the capacity of existing facilities, The New York Times reports.

Advocacy group: Wind turbine rules needed to protect birds

PORT AUSTIN, Mich. (AP) — The sky above a tabletop-flat expanse of eastern Michigan farmland near Lake Huron is a well-traveled pathway for migratory birds journeying between summer nesting areas in Canada's boreal forests and wintering grounds to the south. Thanks to reliably brisk winds, the ground below is dotted with hundreds of electricity-generating turbines.

Federal guidelines from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service urge wind energy developers to locate turbines with special care in places such as the "Thumb" region of Michigan's mitten-shaped Lower Peninsula — or avoid them altogether, to prevent fatal collisions between birds and the towers' whirring blades. But an advocacy group says the government's voluntary approach is allowing too many wind farms to be built or planned for construction in important nesting areas and flight paths across large sections of the nation.

Wind power languishing in Pennsylvania

Source: 
Tribune-Review

Wind power is failing to increase its foothold in the home of the Marcellus Shale gas fields, with no new wind farms coming online over the past year and none expected in the immediate future, the Tribune-Review reports.

Wind power helps health, environment in Maine: Study

Source: 
Sun Journal

A study unveiled by backers of Maine’s wind industry offers data to support claims that it helps cut carbon emissions and sulfur oxide emissions, among other benefits, the Sun Journal reports.

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