Wind project would boost MidAmerican to 57 percent renewables

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

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.

HP strikes 12-year deal for wind power

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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Renewable credits move forward in Senate

Senators moved Thursday to restore expired tax credits for wind and biofuels, as part of a bipartisan tax extenders package overwhelmingly approved by the Finance Committee in a markup session.

The package would continue the previous credits for renewable energy, at a rate of $23 per megawatt hour for wind and geothermal power, and $12 per megawatt hour for hydropower.

Deepwater Wind foundations to arrive

USA Today

Deepwater Wind is expecting to take delivery this week of the foundations that will support the turbines for what will become the country’s first offshore wind farm, off the coast of Rhode Island, USA Today reports.

D.C. government inks wind power deal


More than a third of the power needs of the Washington, D.C. government will be met by wind power under an agreement announced by Mayor Muriel Bowser, WAMU reports.

Amazon division to use power generated by big NC wind farm

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A division of Amazon is buying the renewable energy generated by the South's first big wind-power project.

Seattle-based Amazon Web Services said Monday it has agreed to buy the electricity generated by the 200-megawatt operation to be built near Elizabeth City in rural eastern North Carolina. A groundbreaking for the project being built by Iberdrola Renewables is scheduled for Tuesday.

Texas tops U.S. in wind power

The Associated Press

With more than 14,000 megawatts of wind power capacity installed, Texas has more than double the amount of second-ranked California, while 11 states have no commercial installations, The Associated Press reports, citing Energy Department information.

The South getting its first big wind farm soon

On a vast tract of old North Carolina farmland, crews are getting ready to build something the South has never seen: a commercial-scale wind energy farm.

The $600 million project by Spanish developer Iberdrola Renewables LLC will put 102 turbines on 22,000 acres near the coastal community of Elizabeth City, with plans to add about 50 more. Once up and running, it could generate about 204 megawatts, or enough electricity to power about 60,000 homes.


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