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Wind power startup nabs $200 million for projects on homes, farms

Wind power startup nabs $200 million for projects on homes, farms

United Wind Inc, which has carved out a niche leasing wind turbines to farms and rural homes, has clinched $200 million in funding from Toronto-based Forum Equity Partners – the largest-ever single investment in small wind projects. The funding is a vote of confidence not only in the Brooklyn, New York-based startup, but in the nascent market for wind energy ...

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Liberty Utilities seeking to buy more natural gas from proposed pipeline

CONCORD — Liberty Utilities officials want to buy more natural gas than they’ve already signed up for from the proposed Northeast Energy Direct pipeline, saying the move will benefit their customers and the project. Meanwhile, a coalition of 15 southern New Hampshire communities fighting the pipeline — including five from Cheshire County — wants to get involved in the state ...

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Credits extended for wind energy, could aid Champaign County project

The sweeping $1.1 trillion spending bill Congress approved earlier this month includes an extension of tax credits that will benefit the wind industry for the next five years. Proponents, including developers of the Buckeye Wind Project in Champaign County, praised the extension of the Production Tax Credit, arguing it will secure tens of thousands of jobs and provide stability to ...

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Officials propose injection-well ban

MONROE — The Monroe County Board of Commissioners is drafting an ordinance that would ban any injection wells in Monroe County near karst geology or Lake Erie. Trendwell Energy Corp., with corporate offices in Rockford, Mich., has proposed a plan to drill a 765-foot-deep well near Ida Center Road and Alcott Road in Summerfield Township to inject saltwater. Philip Goldsmith, ...

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Posh New York City hotels pledge to go green

NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Some of New York’s most iconic hotels, comprising more than 11,000 guest rooms, promised to cut their carbon footprints on Tuesday and join a city effort to improve the energy efficiency of buildings. The famed Waldorf Astoria, The Peninsula New York and The Pierre are among 16 well-known, high-end hotels that committed to reducing ...

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Environmental group calls out Pennsylvania drilling study

BRISTOL, Pa. (AP) — An environmental group is calling out a Pennsylvania regulator’s study that found radiation levels in oil and gas industry wastewater and byproducts showed little potential for radiation exposure. The January study by the state Department of Environmental Protection began after questions arose about the radioactivity in the huge volumes of wastewater and solid waste coming out ...

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Both sides haggle Cuomo on pipeline permits

Both sides of the debate over the controversial Constitution Pipeline project are ratcheting up pressure on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to act in ways that fulfill their respective wishes on state permits sought by the developer. The drama surrounding the looming decision comes as speculation mounts that the state Department of Environmental Conservation could act any day now on the so-called ...

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Pipeline review to be co-led by NY environmental agency

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Oversight of a new oil pipeline between the Port of Albany and New Jersey refineries will be led jointly by New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation and Thruway Authority, the agencies announced Monday. The announcement followed weeks of letters and resolutions from local officials and environmental groups opposing the Thruway Authority’s request for sole lead agency ...

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Derailments more dangerous, but no increase in inspectors

Months before a CSX train carrying crude oil derailed and exploded in Mount Carbon, W.Va., polluting the air and water and forcing more than 1,100 people from their homes, inspectors missed a problem with the track there. Inspection reports compiled by a railroad contractor and CSX showed evidence of the defect, but the track wasn’t repaired or replaced. In fact, ...

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