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Wind Energy to Power Portion Of Whirlpool's Ohio Facility

January 28 -- Add Whirlpool to the list of corporate purchases of wind power that have come to the realization that on-site wind generation can significantly reduce electricity usage.

According to Whirlpool, the $18 million Finday Wind Farm, powered by five Goldwind GW 87/1500 wind turbines, is expected to begin in the spring. One Energy provided financing for the project. >>View Article

Go With the Wind

January 27 -- Scientists who tested a floating windmill off the coast of Maine a year ago have gathered enough data to build a full-size model that can be moved to take advantage of high winds.

The U.S. Department of Energy is using lasers attached to buoys to measure wind speeds at differing altitudes off the coast of Virginia Beach to learn how cost-effective it would be to harness the higher winds above sea level to power wind turbines. >>View Article

A Tale of Two Washingtons

January 27 -- When I first visited Washington state more than a decade ago as journalist covering Microsoft, Amazon, and other companies, I remember being impressed with the state's idyllic blend of economic growth and environmental splendor. >>View Article

ERCOT: Wind Topped 10% of Texas Generation for First Time in 2014

January 27 -- Wind energy-generated electricity provided 10.6% of Texas power in 2015, the first time it has reached double digits in the state’s power mix, according to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas. The increase was largely in generation from growing Panhandle and West Texas capacity and due to delivery by the new Competitive Renewable Energy Zone (CREZ) transmission lines serving it. >>View Article

Freeze On Energy Standards Hurting Central Ohio Solar Business

January 27 -- A Central Ohio solar company is blaming Ohio’s freeze on green energy standards for some of the slowdown in its business. Recently a study from research group Pew Charitable Trusts’ Clean Energy Initiative found that the 2 year freeze on mandated renewable or alternative energy sources has led to sharp drops in business for the wind and solar industry in Ohio. >>View Article

Utilities Vie for Time in the Sun

January 26 -- The spread of solar panels across the nation's rooftops has been called a risk to the finances of old-line electric companies, but some utilities are now saying that if you can't beat 'em, join 'em. Around the country, utilities and the solar industry are floating new ways to install and pay for solar energy. >>View Article

Report Breaks Down Where Wind Turbine Revenue Goes

January 26 -- A recent report highlighted an estimated $9 million in gain from wind turbine tax revenue in Huron County for 2014. The county received the biggest chunk, at $2.5 million; about $2.4 million was allocated to townships; and schools pulled in about $1.9 million, according to the report, prepared by Walt Schlichting, the county’s Equalization Department director. >>View Article

Feds Approve New Mexico Renewable-Energy Project

January 26 -- A proposed $2 billion transmission line that would carry electricity generated by renewable resources in New Mexico and Arizona to markets across the West is one step closer to being in service after clearing its final federal hurdle. >>View Article

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