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Federal officials want more study of North Dakota wind farm

BISMARCK, N.D. — The federal Fish and Wildlife Service says more study is needed on how a $175 million wind farm in north-central North Dakota could impact bald eagles. North Dakota Public Service Commission members signaled approval Tuesday on the 59-tubine, 100 megawatt wind farm proposed near the town of Rolette. The federal Fish and Wildlife Service says there are ...

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Coal not going away anytime soon despite renewables push

BEIJING — Coal: Can’t live with it and can’t live without it — at least not yet. It is the biggest source of heat-trapping greenhouse gases that negotiators around the world hope to limit in an agreement to be thrashed out in Paris next month. Demand for coal is leveling off, but it will remain a key energy source for ...

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Ohio energy proposal could be first to test Issue 2 amendment

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Ohio’s newly approved anti-monopoly amendment could get its first test in a $13 billion green-energy proposal. State Issue 2, a constitutional amendment approved last week by voters while they were turning thumbs down on marijuana legalization, could affect the Ohio Clean Energy Initiative, to be considered by the Ohio Ballot Board at a meeting at 3 p.m. today at the ...

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California’s first ocean wind farm in the works

MORRO BAY — This sleepy coastal town of 10,000 people along California’s Central Coast is known for its fishing fleet, nearby Hearst Castle and Morro Rock, a craggy 581-foot-tall monolith that dominates the views to the ocean. But a few years from now, Morro Bay may be known for something else: a huge offshore wind farm. In a venture that ...

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23 states rally against EPA

CHARLESTON — West Virginia led a 23-state, two agency coalition of opponents to the federal Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan in filing a “Petition to Review and Stay motion” in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. “Today is a really important day for the people of West Virginia and citizens in all of the ...

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Thailand seen to invest $19 billion on energy in next three to five years

BANGKOK – Thailand’s private and public sectors are estimated to spend 690 billion baht ($19.4 billion) over the next three to five years on expanding capacity of petroleum, electricity and renewables to secure energy supplies, a senior official at energy ministry said on Thursday. About 342 billion baht will be used for petroleum development, including expanding natural gas pipelines, building ...

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AWEA hosts forum at Penn State Harrisburg

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) is hosting a State Wind Energy Forum today at Penn State Harrisburg. According to AWEA’s website, the forum is designed to appeal to landowners, county officials, educators, policy makers, government officials and researchers within Pennsylvania. The event will feature speakers including Pennsylvania Public Utility Commissioner Gladys Brown, Pennsylvania Secretary of Planning and Policy John ...

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Editorial: Time to consider a tax on carbon

For all the disarray of the GOP leadership in Washington, one recent partisan breakthrough should not be overlooked. Last month, 10 House Republicans broke ranks and came together on a resolution acknowledging that climate change is real and calling on Congress to work toward solutions. The timing couldn’t have been better. It came just weeks before the arrival of Pope ...

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Work beginning on $300M North Dakota wind farm project

COURTENAY, N.D. — Minneapolis-based Xcel Energy is starting construction on a 200-megawatt wind farm in southeastern North Dakota. The Courtenay Wind Farm near Jamestown will cost about $300 million. North Dakota’s Public Service Commission in August gave Xcel Energy permission to buy the project from Geronimo Energy, which had problems securing financing. Xcel earlier had agreed to buy all power ...

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