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APNewsBreak: NY utility plans largest US offshore wind farm

Offshore wind energy farm. (Image: Håkan Dahlström via Flickr)

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — A New York utility plans to construct a wind farm off eastern Long Island that would be the nation’s largest offshore wind energy project, three times larger than one due to go online this year off Rhode Island. The Long Island Power Authority’s board of directors is expected to approve the proposed 90-megawatt, 15-turbine wind farm ...

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California governor looks to extend climate-change efforts

Gov. Jerry Brown, California climate change

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown has launched a campaign to extend some of the most ambitious climate-change programs in the country and ensure his environmental legacy when he leaves office in two years. The centerpiece of the push is a cap-and-trade program that aims to reduce the use of fossil fuels by forcing manufacturers and other companies ...

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North Dakota panel approves proposed $250 million wind farm

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s Public Service Commission has approved a $250 million wind farm and associated electric transmission facilities in Hettinger and Stark counties. The three-member panel on Wednesday unanimously approved the project’s siting application, clearing the way for construction to start. Brady Wind LLC is planning the wind farm of up to 72 turbines and associated facilities. ...

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Man survives 120-foot fall from Kansas wind turbine

High court allows western Ohio wind farm to proceed

PRATT, Kan. (AP) — A south-central Kansas sheriff says a man who fell 120 feet while working on a wind turbine is expected to survive. Pratt County Sheriff Vernon Chinn says the worker was seriously injured during the tumble onto muddy terrain Sunday morning while he was repairing a blade on a wind generator near Pratt. Chinn says emergency responders ...

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240-foot turbine blades arrive for offshore wind farm

Offshore wind energy such as what is proposed in Maine, USA, could have a significant impact on fighting climate change.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Workers at ProvPort have been unloading the 240-foot-long turbine blades that will ultimately be used for the nation’s first offshore wind farm, off Block Island. Deepwater Wind says dockworkers began unloading the 15 blades on Tuesday. They are scheduled to be brought to the Block Island Wind Farm site by boat in August. The company says ...

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North American leaders to pledge more reliance on renewables

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says the leaders of the United States, Canada and Mexico will pledge this week to rely on renewable energy to generate 50 percent of North America’s electrical power by 2025. That’s a big jump from last year’s 37 percent level. But Brian Deese, senior adviser to the president says it’s doable through greater efficiency ...

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Communities bypass utilities to save money, push green power

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Some New York communities are changing the way their residents buy electricity under an initiative designed to save people money while promoting locally-produced, renewable energy. New York is the seventh state to allow community choice aggregation, which lets cities, towns and villages form energy-buying groups that automatically enroll all residents and small businesses. Instead of buying ...

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Lawmakers drop energy initiative from state budget proposal

A wind turbine in Vermont. (Image: futuremar768 via Flickr)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Legislative leaders are dropping a clean energy initiative from Rhode Island’s proposed state budget over concerns that it could unfairly favor a wind-energy developer. Democratic House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello says it’s a distraction, so lawmakers are dropping the entire renewable-energy initiative from the budget. The House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on the $8.9 billion ...

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Shumlin signs renewable energy bill after long battle

Turbines at a Wind Farm. (Image: Duke Energy via Flickr)

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. (AP) — Four days after Vermont lawmakers passed a revised version of a renewable energy bill earlier vetoed by Gov. Peter Shumlin, the Democratic governor has signed the revised bill into law. Shumlin signed the bill Monday, saying it will help local communities and regional planning commissions have more of a say in the process of siting wind ...

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Massachusetts House approves bill to boost hydro, wind power

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BOSTON (AP) — Legislation that could make hydro and wind power a bigger part of the state’s overall energy mix has passed the Massachusetts House. The bill approved Wednesday would require utilities to solicit long-term contracts for importing an additional 1,200 megawatts each of Canadian hydroelectricity and offshore wind. Republican Gov. Charlie Baker and Democratic legislative leaders have called the ...

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