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NRG Yield to buy Alta Wind from Terra-Gen

Source: 
FuelFix

NRG Yield, an affiliate of NRG Energy, will pay $870 million and assume $1.6 billion in debt to buy the 947-megawatt Alta Wind facility in California from Terra-Gen Power, FuelFix reports.

Ohio’s freeze on green energy targets to hurt wind power: Industry advocates

Source: 
Plain Dealer

Companies looking to develop wind farm projects will avoid Ohio because of the state’s decision to freeze its renewable energy targets, says Ted Ford, CEO of Ohio Advanced Energy Economy, the Plain Dealer reports.

Hagel offers compromise on SunZia line project

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Security concerns about a proposed $2 billion transmission line between Arizona and New Mexico can be resolved, according to the U.S. Defense Department.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in a letter Tuesday to U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell that concerns about routing the SunZia transmission project through an area used by White Sands Missile Range could be addressed by burying five miles of the line.

Officials at the southern New Mexico military installation previously said running the transmission line through an area north of White Sands could reduce testing operations by up to 30 percent, potentially threatening national security and resulting in layoffs at the range.

NYC starting to embrace wind power

Source: 
The New York Times

Wind turbines are beginning to pop up in New York City, some with unusual designs to accommodate the area's changeable weather patterns, The New York Times reports.

Wind power boom sweeping Texas

Source: 
National Journal

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, the state’s regulator, projects that wind power capacity in the state will jump by a third this year and another 25 percent by the end of 2015, National Journal reports.

Feds approve wind transmission line from Texas to the Southeast

Source: 
FuelFix

Pattern Energy Group LP says the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has approved its planned Southern Cross transmission line, which would bring Texas wind energy into Mississippi where it would link to the grid in the Southeast, FuelFix reports.

Xcel says Texas-Oklahoma power line completed

AMARILLO, Texas (AP) — Crews have completed a transmission line between the Texas Panhandle and Oklahoma as the first of two 345-kilovolt projects relying on expanded wind-generated power.

Xcel Energy officials on Thursday announced the 130-mile line between Hitchland, Texas, and Woodward, Oklahoma, is part of a $64 million partnership with Oklahoma Gas and Electric Company.

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee photo

Wyden: Extenders bill may come back in June

There will be no attempt to revive Senate legislation to renew expired tax breaks for renewable energy and biofuels, along with a bigger tax extenders package, before next month, Senate Finance Chairman Ron Wyden said Tuesday.

Wyden said he will work to resolve an amendments standoff with committee ranking Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah during the Senate's upcoming Memorial Day recess that starts on Thursday and runs through June 2.

Plane-turbine accidents unusual: NTSB

Source: 
Aberdeen News

The National Transportation Safety Board has only two recorded incidents of planes colliding with wind turbines in its database, and the investigation of last month’s accident in South Dakota at a NextEra Energy windfarm could take up to 10 months to complete, the Aberdeen News reports.

O'Malley vetoes wind-turbine moratorium bill in Md.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Gov. Martin O'Malley vetoed a 13-month moratorium on building wind turbines within 56 miles of the U.S. Naval Air Station Patuxent River, saying the bill is unnecessary and would send a chilling message to renewable energy developers.

The bill would have delayed construction on wind turbines to wait for a study on how they could affect radar use around the base. Supporters of the bill argued it was important to consider needs of the base, a big economic engine in southern Maryland. But opponents contended it sent a bad message to businesses and harms wind farm development in Maryland.

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