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Wind energy provides more the two-thirds new generating capacity in the US for October 2014

Wind Energy Primary Source of New U.S. Generating Capacity in October

More than two-thirds of new U.S. generating capacity in October 2014 is from wind energy With the latest release of the Energy Infrastructure Update report by the Federal Regulatory Commission’s Office of Energy Projects, wind energy emerged the leader in new U.S.  electrical generating capacity for October. Five new wind farms in Colorado, Kansas. Michigan, Nebraska and Texas came online last month, bringing 574 megawatts…

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wind energy represents the potential for rapid expansion of renewable energy in the United States

EarthTalk: The Growing Potential for Wind Energy

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: What is the latest prognosis for wind energy to command a larger piece of the renewable energy pie?  –  Peter M., Akron, OH Hydroelectric sources of power dwarf other forms of renewable energy, but wind energy has been a dominant second for…

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Congress Finance committee approves a bill to extend the renewable energy tax credit.

Senate Finance Committee Approve Bill to Extend Renewable Energy Production Tax Credit

Late last week the Senate Finance Committee approved the “Expiring Provisions Improvement Reform and Efficiency (EXPIRE) Act.” The bill will extend a number of expired or expiring tax provisions, including the Renewable Energy Production Tax Credit (PTC) and Investment Tax Credit (ITC). The bill now goes to the floor of the Senate for debate. If the bill becomes law it…

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Offshore Wind Olympic Results: UK Beats Everyone

Of all the Olympic competitions, the race for offshore wind capacity is perhaps the most dramatic and important.  OK, perhaps that is a bit of an exaggeration if not all-out fabrication.  Yet there is a bit of truth in the headline, the UK really has beat every other country in this metric. Not only do they have more offshore wind…

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Despite yet another expiration of the Production Tax Credit in Congress, there are a record number of wind energy projects under constrution

Record Number of Wind Energy Projects Under Construction

Record growth in wind energy construction after an uncertain 2013 For American wind power, 2013 was the best of times, and the worst of times. On one hand, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) reports that 1.084 gigawatts (GW) of wind power came online in 2013, down fully 92 percent from the 13.131 GW of new capacity brought online in…

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More Wind & Solar Can Reduce Utility Costs and Emissions

Those opposed to spurring development and adoption of renewable solar and wind energy resources continually assert that their intermittent nature not only reduces grid reliability and raises the cost of electricity, but negates the carbon and greenhouse gas emissions reductions that contribute so greatly to their rapid adoption in the first place. While it’s true that bringing greater amounts of…

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Iowa Will Add 1.06GW New Wind Energy Capacity By 2015

Iowa will add 1.05 gigawatts of new wind energy capacity by 2015, thanks to the Iowa Utilities Board’s approval of a $1.9 billion proposal from MidAmerican Energy. Regulatory approval of the Wind VII project paves the way for construction to start…