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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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.


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