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Antelope County supervisors OK 160-turbine wind farm

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NELIGH, Neb. (AP) — Another wind farm has been approved for Antelope County, over objections from some residents. The county Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to let a Chicago-based company erect 160 turbines near Neligh (NEE’-lee). The company, Invenergy, already operates a wind farm in the Elgin area. The supervisors imposed several conditions on the project, such as increased setback ...

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Lawmakers weigh bill to boost hydro, wind power

BOSTON (AP) — Legislation that could make hydro and wind power a bigger part of the state’s overall energy mix is expected to win approval in the House. The bill slated for debate on 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 ...

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Vermont governor vetoes renewable energy bill

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin has vetoed a bill designed to give local communities more say in the siting of wind and solar power projects. Lawmakers are expected to return to Montpelier on Thursday to debate whether to override the governor’s veto. The Democratic governor says he objects to what he says is the bill’s treatment of ...

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Global energy leaders look to nitty gritty of climate accord

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Energy leaders from countries that pump out 75 percent of the world’s climate-changing emissions talked Thursday on the nitty-gritty of putting last year’s Paris climate accord into action, including funding the needed global technology overhaul. The annual gathering of energy leaders representing 23 countries and the European Commission was one of their first since December, when ...

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Gov. LePage continues ‘war’ against environmental group

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A top environmental nonprofit is lambasting Maine Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s office for tracking down their top donors and sending them letters urging them to rethink their financial support. At this year’s Maine GOP convention, LePage declared war on the Natural Resources Council of Maine for the group’s lobbying against hydroelectric power agreements and mining bills. ...

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Labor, green groups team up to push for clean energy in NY

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A coalition of labor union members and environmental groups is coming to Albany to push state leaders to adopt a more aggressive response to climate change. The group said Wednesday’s rally is in support of stronger, enforceable energy standards to reduce carbon emissions and promote clean energy sources. Hector Figueroa, president of 32BJ Service Employees International ...

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Judge upholds denial of wind farm in western Maryland

CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) — A state court judge has upheld Allegany County’s denial of a 17-turbine wind farm in western Maryland. Online court records show that Circuit Judge Timothy Finan’s order was entered Friday against Dan’s Mountain Wind Force LLC. The developer had appealed the local zoning board’s rejection of its request for a special exception to land-use rules so ...

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UMaine’s offshore wind project gets another boost

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A University of Maine-led offshore wind power pilot project has officially been selected to join a federal government demonstration program. The Aqua Ventus was originally passed over for a $47 million grant, but the Department of Energy awarded some funding because the project showed promise. Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King said Friday that the project ...

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$3.7M grant awarded to Lake Erie wind turbine project

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CLEVELAND (AP) — The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded a $3.7 million grant to a company doing engineering work on a proposed wind turbine project in Lake Erie. Lake Erie Energy Development Corp. is aiming to build a 20-megawatt demonstration wind farm in the lake northwest of downtown Cleveland. Current cost estimates are between $120 million and $128 million. ...

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Maine students to compete in wind turbine building contest

ORONO, Maine (AP) — Hundreds of students are going to the University of Maine to design and build scale-model floating wind turbine platforms and pitch them to a panel of judges. The competition is part of the Windstorm Challenge and the 8th Annual Maine Wind Blade Challenge, held at the University of Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center on Friday. ...

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