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Buffett ramping up push into renewables

Source: 
The Wall Street Journal

Already a big wind farm operator, Warren Buffett could push his investment into renewables up to $30 billion as he continues pouring more money and looking for more acquisitions for Berkshire Hathaway Energy, The Wall Street Journal reports.

More wind projects added in 2014: AWEA

Source: 
Bloomberg

With 419 megawatts added to U.S. wind power capacity in the 3rd quarter, installations in the first nine months of 2014 – totalling 1,254 megawatts -- have surpassed what came on line in all of the year before, according to the American Wind Energy Association, Bloomberg reports.

MidAmerican, Branstad announce more wind in Iowa

Source: 
WHO TV

MidAmerican Energy intends to develop one new wind farm site in Iowa and expand another, adding up to 162 megawatts to bring the state’s wind generation total to 3,500 megawatts, WHO TV reports.

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IRS chief: Refunds may slow without fast extenders decision

The head of the Internal Revenue Service has called on Congress to take up or abandon a package of tax break extensions and renewals by the end of November to avoid slowing tax refunds next year.

In a letter dated Monday to the chairmen and ranking members on the Senate and House tax-writing committees, Commissioner John A. Koskinen said a decision must be made by then to avoid "serious problems" for IRS and for filers.

While he did not call for passage of legislation, Koskinen's letter gives backers of the tax "extenders" bill pending in the Senate a new argument to use in calling a fast vote when lawmakers return to Washington next month. 

Jewell addresses AWEA Offshore WINDPOWER Conference

Atlantic City, October 7, 2014, 9:15 am

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell delivers keynote address at AWEA Offshore WINDPOWER 2014 conference. BOEM Acting Director Walter Cruickshank also to attend. Conference continues Wednesday.

Wind towers posing danger to pilots

Source: 
The New York Times

Temporary towers erected by wind energy companies to gather data pose a danger to pilots flying at low levels, like those operating crop dusters, The New York Times reports.

A decade after welcoming wind, states reconsider

CALUMET, Okla. (AP) — A decade ago, states offered wind-energy developers an open-armed embrace, envisioning a bright future for an industry that would offer cheap electricity, new jobs and steady income for large landowners, especially in rural areas with few other economic prospects.

To ensure the opportunity didn't slip away, lawmakers promised little or no regulation and generous tax breaks.

Spanish island aims to be 1st to go all-renewable

Source: 
NPR

El Hierro, a part of Spain’s Canary Island chain, hopes to become the first island in the world to get all of its power from renewable energy, now that its Gorona del Viento wind and water turbine farm has started operation, NPR reports.

Renewable energy plan hinges on huge Utah caverns

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A proposal to export twice as much Wyoming wind power to Los Angeles as the amount of electricity generated by the Hoover Dam includes an engineering feat even more massive than that famous structure: Four chambers, each approaching the size of the Empire State Building, would be carved from an underground salt deposit to hold huge volumes of compressed air.

The caverns in central Utah would serve as a kind of massive battery on a scale never before seen, helping to overcome the fact that — even in Wyoming — wind doesn't blow all the time.

Car-mounted wind energy device tested in Korea

Source: 
Los Angeles Times

Car-mounted technology called flutter-driven triboelectrification has the potential to generate enough energy to charge a cell phone or tablet, according to Korean researchers writing in the journal Nature Communications, the Los Angeles Times reports.

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