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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.

Wind power could help Iowa meet carbon limits, industry report concludes

Source: 
The Des Moines Register

A new report from the Iowa Wind Energy Association concludes the state could easily meet Environmental Protection Agency limits on power plant carbon emissions with the help of wind power, The Des Moines Register reports.

Another wind farm purchase for Xcel

Source: 
StarTribune

Xcel Energy says it will spend $300 million to buy and finish a North Dakota wind farm started by Geronimo Energy, a project that would qualify for a federal Wind Energy Production Tax Credit if finished before the end of 2016, the StarTribune reports.

Offshore wind energy sector off to slow start in US

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — When the Obama administration cleared the way five years ago for the nation's first offshore wind farm to be built, advocates hoped it was the start of a new way of generating power along the East Coast.

That project, Cape Wind's wind farm off of Cape Cod, has stalled. And construction has only just begun for another, much smaller, offshore wind farm near Block Island.

Ceremony and start of construction for Deepwater Wind

Source: 
The Hill

A ceremony to mark the start of construction of the first U.S. offshore wind farm – being built by Deepwater Wind off Block Island – was held in Rhode Island Monday, The Hill reports.

Wind power, wind jobs soared in 2014: AWEA

Source: 
The Denver Post

The amount of new wind power – nearly 4,900 megawatts worth – quadrupled last year, compared to 2013, according to the American Wind Energy Association, which said that Colorado added the most jobs in the sector, The Denver Post reports.

DOE sees big growth in wind power coming

Source: 
U.S. News & World Report

The Department of Energy is projecting a big increase in electricity generation from wind power in the next few decades, with the price coming down as well, according to U.S. News & World Report.

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