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Interior moves forward with N.C. offshore wind plan

Three Atlantic Ocean areas off North Carolina will be made available for offshore wind energy development, the Interior Department announced Monday, including one that was placed farther out to sea to avoid being seen from Kitty Hawk and from another historic site on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

The areas to be open to leasing total nearly 308,000 acres: the 122,405-acre Kitty Hawk area situated 24 miles off the coast, and two others located 10 and 15 miles off Wilmington, respectively, near the border with South Carolina.

Giant Wyoming wind farm gets significant state approval

Casper Star-Tribune

The Wyoming Industrial Siting Council has given unanimous approval for a proposal to build what could be the largest land-based wind farm in the country -– Power Company of Wyoming’s Chokecherry and Sierra Madre project -- which would have up to 1,000 turbines generating up to 3,000 megawatts of electricity, the Casper Star-Tribune reports.

Shrinking surcharge for Austin customers to get wind power

StateImpact Texas

Because publicly-funded transmission lines have brought the cost of wind-generated power down, Austin Energy is charging only 1 cent per kilowatt hour extra to customers who want to use the GreenChoice program and get their electricity from wind sources, StateImpact Texas reports.

Mikulski action could delay, kill wind farm

The Washington Post

Language inserted by Senate Appropriations Committee chair Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., into the defense appropriations bill could block the Navy from finalizing a deal with Eastern Shore wind farm developers Pioneer Green Energy until a study into turbine effects is completed, set for next summer, The Washington Post reports.

NRG Yield’s $400M buy of Alta Wind to be financed with bonds


$400 million in green bonds will be sold by NRG Yield to pay for North America’s biggest wind farm, Alta Wind in California, which has a capacity of 947 megawatts, Bloomberg reports.

New Texas transmission system attracting wind farm clusters

The New York Times

The installation in Texas of a massive transmission system for wind energy, which can handle up to 18,000 megawatts, has encouraged development of clusters of wind farms in its competitive renewable energy zones, The New York Times reports.

Kansas Gov. Brownback reaffirms support for wind energy

The Wichita Eagle

Looking back on the failed attempt to repeal the renewable portfolio standard in the state legislature’s recent session, Gov. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., on Wednesday reaffirmed his support for wind energy and urged a compromise between supporters and opponents of renewables, The Wichita Eagle reports.

Offshore wind farms provide feeding ground for seals

Los Angeles Times

Some seals monitored with GPS tracking in Europe appear to consider offshore wind farms to be good places for them to find fish to eat, according to a study published this week in the journal Current Biology, the Los Angeles Times reports.


Next offshore wind leases planned for New Jersey

With enough companies interested in building wind farms off New Jersey's coast, the Interior Department is preparing to offer leases for nearly 344,000 acres in an offshore area that could generate 3,400 megawatts and power about 1.2 million homes.

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's move is the third such recent announcement by the government, which has already made clear its intention to sell wind leases off the coasts of Massachusetts and Maryland.

China falling behind on offshore wind farm schedule


Three years ago, China launched a plan to build 5,000 megawatts of offshore wind capacity within four years, but officials are calling the goal unattainable with less than 10 percent of capacity installed, Bloomberg reports.


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