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Offshore wind sails forward, but a different story on land

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NORTH SMITHFIELD, R.I. (AP) — Even as Rhode Island makes history as the first U.S. state with an offshore wind farm, its people are not so fond of wind turbines sprouting up on land near where they live. Dreams of a wind-powered nation sparked by the pioneering Atlantic Ocean project are running aground back on shore, where conventional battles over ...

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States review clean energy projects for New England region

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts officials are joining with electric utilities to evaluate more than 50 solicitations from companies to build plants that would generate clean energy for all three states. The states are hoping to leverage their combined purchasing power and attract projects they possibly couldn’t lure on their own. The goal is to ultimately ...

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Public input meeting held on proposed 100-turbine wind farm

High court allows western Ohio wind farm to proceed

AVON, S.D. (AP) — A public meeting on a proposed 100-turbine wind farm in Bon Homme and Charles Mix counties drew both opponents and proponents. The state Public Utilities Commission is deciding whether to grant a permit for the 36,000-acre wind farm proposed by Dell Rapids-based Prevailing Winds LLC. Regulators held a public input meeting Wednesday in Avon. Opponents who ...

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Work at first US offshore wind farm is in its final phases

View of an offshore wind energy farm at sunset. (Image: Aaron via Flickr)

NEW SHOREHAM, R.I. (AP) — Construction on the nation’s first offshore wind farm is in its final phases. Deepwater Wind’s five-turbine wind farm off Block Island, Rhode Island, is expected to be operational this fall. Crews at the site are working on the tower sections for the fourth turbine this week. They’ll begin working on the blades in the coming ...

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Feds shop ocean off the Outer Banks to build wind turbines

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

KITTY HAWK, N.C. (AP) — The Obama Administration is inviting companies to bid for the right to build wind energy turbines off North Carolina’s Outer Banks. The Interior Department on Friday announced a proposed lease sale for 122,000 acres beginning about 28 miles off Kitty Hawk that includes part of the Outer Continental Shelf. The government has previously announced lease ...

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Correction: Powering New York’s Future story

Appeals court won't overturn wind farm fraud conviction

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — In a story July 27 about energy proposals in New York, The Associated Press misidentified the name of an environmental organization. It is the Natural Resources Defense Council, not the National Resources Defense Council. A corrected version of the story is below: Wind, nuclear advance as NY moves ahead with energy plan Big proposals for wind ...

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Wind, nuclear advance as NY moves ahead with energy plan

James A. FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant. Photo: US Dept. of Energy.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state committed last year to generating half of its energy from renewable sources like wind and solar by the year 2030. Now comes the hard part: figuring out how to do it. Several big decisions in the next few weeks could fill in some of the details about how the state will meet Gov. ...

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$250 million wind farm dedicated in northern North Dakota

The North Dakota Public Service Commission will hold hearings regarding the proposed Stark County wind farm. (Image: Duke Energy via Flickr)

ROLLA, N.D. (AP) — Officials have dedicated a $250 million wind farm in northern North Dakota that was more than a dozen years in the making. Xcel Energy’s Border Winds Farm north of Rolla has 75 turbines spread across 30 square miles of farmland. It employs 11 people and can produce 150 megawatts of electricity — enough to power more than 78,000 ...

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Ambitious Vermont having second thoughts on renewable energy

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Regulators in Vermont appear to be applying the brakes to the state’s renewable energy boom. Replying to a proposed rule issued by the Public Service Board earlier this month, renewable energy advocates say it will bar the state from reaching its goal of getting 90 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2050. The board’s ...

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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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