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Work beginning on $300M North Dakota wind farm project

COURTENAY, N.D. — Minneapolis-based Xcel Energy is starting construction on a 200-megawatt wind farm in southeastern North Dakota. The Courtenay Wind Farm near Jamestown will cost about $300 million. North Dakota’s Public Service Commission in August gave Xcel Energy permission to buy the project from Geronimo Energy, which had problems securing financing. Xcel earlier had agreed to buy all power ...

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Clean Power Plan draws mixed reviews

Individuals and business representatives from around the region on Tuesday voiced their opinions on how Pennsylvania should prepare for implementing stricter federal environmental regulations — what some said is anti-business and part of the “war on coal” and a handful said is a critical improvement. As required by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the state Department of Environmental Protection is ...

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Clean energy in Georgia comes with some nasty side effects

BUTLER — Solar farms sprout across South Georgia like mushrooms after a storm. Biomass factories down east produce wood pellets to meet Europe’s renewable energy needs. Natural gas pipelines crisscross the state delivering cleaner energy to homes and factories. Huge turbines off the coast might one day harness the wind’s all-natural power. Georgia is finally embracing the renewable energy revolution ...

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GOP members split from party, ready to tackle climate change

A small coalition of congressional Republicans have broken away from the party’s normal rhetoric by signing a resolution Thursday that recognizes humanity’s role in climate change. The Hill reports that the resolution also endorses steps to combat global warming, though specific solutions were void of the agreement. The resolution frames climate change as an issue of environmental stewardship, which it ...

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At L.A. summit, Biden says it’s time to ‘end debate’ on climate change

Vice President Joe Biden highlighted the importance of concerted government efforts to fight global warming during a swing through Southern California on Wednesday, championing investment in solar power and other renewable energy sources as a path to economic revival. Biden’s remarks, made at a solar-industry conference in Anaheim and a climate-change summit in Los Angeles, put a focus on what ...

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Report: Clean energy sector’s job market booms

Unless you’ve succumb to the hermit lifestyle, you’re probably well aware of the mass shedding of jobs from oil and gas companies as global crude prices continue to sink. But where oil and gas jobs waver, clean energy jobs thrive, according to a report from Environmental Entrepreneurs, or E2– a self-described national nonpartisan business group. The group found that the ...

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Obama paints doomsday scene of global warming in Alaska

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — President Barack Obama is painting a doomsday scenario for the Arctic and beyond if climate change isn’t dealt with fast: entire nations submerged underwater, cities abandoned and refugees fleeing in droves as conflict breaks out across the globe. It’s a harrowing image of a future that Obama insists is inevitable unless the world follows his and America’s ...

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Ige shares new vision for state’s energy goals

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For the second time this summer, Gov. David Ige shook up Hawaii’s energy establishment when he announced Monday he is opposed to importing liquefied natural gas as a source of electric power. That followed his statement last month that he won’t support Florida-based NextEra Energy Inc.’s $4.3 billion proposed purchase of Hawaiian Electric Industries Inc. In a nearly one-hour interview ...

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Obama: Momentum of renewables is unstoppable


The president isn’t intimidated in the slightest by the major money from fossil-fuel and the pact the industry has with the conservative right as he announced new investment incentives for renewable energy. Bloomberg reported that on Monday, the White House announced a $1 billion increase in loan guarantees for renewable energy projects and $24 million in new grants for solar ...

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ND regulators approve transfer of wind project to Xcel

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota regulators approved the ownership transfer Monday of an unfinished $300 million wind farm project in the southeastern part of the state to a Minneapolis utility. The Public Service Commission approved the transfer of the Courtenay Wind Farm near Jamestown from Edina, Minnesota-based Geronimo Energy to Xcel Energy. The three-member panel approved the 100-turbine project for ...

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