Illinois OKs wind transmission line

Crain's Chicago Business

The Illinois Commerce Commission has granted approval for Clean Line Energy Partners’ Rock Island Clean Line, intended to transmit power 500 miles from wind farms in the Plains states, Crain’s Chicago Business reports.

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Atlantic wind leasing gets major expansion with Mass. auction

The Interior Department will offer the largest area to date for Atlantic Ocean wind energy development, with a competitive auction of areas off the Massachusetts coast.

The department on Monday announced the Jan. 29 sale of more than 742,000 acres for potential wind farm construction, an area that is nearly double the acreage previously leased in Atlantic federal waters.

Google buys up Dutch wind energy for data center

AMSTERDAM (AP) — Google says it will buy the entire output of an 18-turbine, 62-megawatt Dutch wind energy project in the Netherlands to supply power to a major data center it is building.

Company officials said Tuesday that Google wants both price certainty and to ensure that the 600 million euro ($750 million) data center in Eemshaven, Netherlands — due to be completed in 2017 — will be supplied by renewable energy from the start.

SunEdison buying wind power company

Solar energy company SunEdison is adding some wind-fueled power to its business with a deal worth up to $2.4 billion.

The St. Peters, Missouri-based company and its publicly traded subsidiary, TerraForm Power, said Monday that they are buying First Wind for $1.9 billion now and $510 million in payments if First Wind completes certain projects.

Wind firm sues to block release of bird-death data

WASHINGTON (AP) — A company that operates at least 13 wind-energy facilities across three states is suing in federal court to block the U.S. government from releasing information to The Associated Press about how many birds are found dead at its facilities.

Pacificorp of Portland, Oregon, is seeking an injunction in U.S. District Court in Utah to prevent the Interior Department from releasing information it considers confidential. The Obama administration has said it planned to turn over the material to The Associated Press, which sought it from the Interior Department in March 2013 under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act. The government concluded that the industry's concerns were "insufficiently convincing" to keep the files secret.

AFP joins conservative chorus against wind PTC

The Hill

Americans for Prosperity, a conservative group backed by Charles and David Koch, made new calls for Congress to allow the wind production tax credit to expire at the end of year, The Hill reports.

Buffett ramping up push into renewables

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


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


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.

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee photo

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. 


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