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The Paris climate deal at a glance

The Paris climate deal at a glance

NEW YORK (AP) — Four months after negotiating a global climate agreement in Paris, government officials are coming to New York on Friday to sign the pact in a ceremony at the United Nations. Here are some of the key elements of the Paris deal, which is the first agreement requiring all countries to join the fight against global warming. ...

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Senate approves wide-ranging energy bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate approved a wide-ranging energy bill Wednesday that would promote a variety of energy sources and speed federal approval of projects to export liquefied natural gas to Europe and Asia. Senators backed the measure, 85 to 12, the first ambitious energy bill approved by the Senate in nearly a decade. The bill would boost renewables such ...

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Xcel plans big new wind-power plant in eastern Colorado

DENVER (AP) — Xcel Energy says it plans to build the state’s largest wind farm in eastern Colorado with enough turbines to generate 600 megawatts of electricity. The company announced the plan Tuesday but gave few details. David Eves, president of Xcel’s Colorado operation, said the wind farm would occupy land in several counties but declined to say which ones. ...

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MidAmerican announces $3.6 billion wind turbine project

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Des Moines-based MidAmerican Energy Company says it plans to spend $3.6 billion on a wind turbine operation that will generate up to 2,000 megawatts of electricity. Bill Fehrman, the utility’s CEO and president, announced the project Thursday at an event in Des Moines attended by Gov. Terry Branstad and other state officials. Officials say the ...

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Vermont’s war of words over renewable energy continues

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Critics of Vermont’s process for deciding where solar and wind energy projects can be built emerged from a legislative hearing Tuesday unhappy, while a key regulator said the dissatisfaction stems from “growing pains of a changing world.” In the end, Vermont’s war of words over the issue continues unabated. Two House committees, Fish and Wildlife and ...

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US wind energy output hit record in ’15, industry group says

US wind energy output hit record in '15, industry group says

BRIGHTON, Colo. (AP) — An industry group says wind energy generated a record 191 megawatt-hours of electricity last year, enough for 17.5 million homes. The American Wind Energy Association said Tuesday that wind produced 4.7 percent of the nation’s electricity in 2015. It says coal generated 33 percent and natural gas slightly less than that. The association released the statistics ...

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Dominion: Proposed costs coming down for 2 offshore turbines

Dominion: Proposed costs coming down for 2 offshore turbines

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Dominion Virginia Power says it’s working to bring down the cost of two proposed research wind turbines 25 miles offshore, an important step in developing a wind farm on 113,000 acres in Atlantic waters. The power company told a teleconference Thursday that a key challenge is keeping down the costs of huge ocean-going vessels needed to ...

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Appeals court won’t overturn wind farm fraud conviction

Appeals court won't overturn wind farm fraud conviction

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A federal appeals court is rejecting an effort by a Salt Lake City man to overturn his conviction for bilking investors in a fraudulent wind farm business, just days after rejecting a similar appeal from the man’s sister. The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver on Monday rejected the latest appeal from Robert Arthur ...

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In race to improve batteries, nanotechnology provides hope

PRAGUE (AP) — In the global race to create more efficient and long-lasting batteries, some are betting on nanotechnology — the use of minuscule parts — as the most likely to yield a breakthrough. Improving batteries’ performance is key to the development and success of many much-hyped technologies, from solar and wind energy to electric cars. They need to hold ...

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US OKs offshore wind research facility off Virginia’s coast

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

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The development of offshore wind farms took another halting step forward Thursday with the federal approval of a research facility off Virginia’s coast to test wind turbines in a harsh open seas environment. The decision clears the way for the construction of two 6-megawatt turbines 27 miles off Virginia Beach on the outer continental shelf, Bureau ...

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