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IKEA just made its biggest energy purchase in South Texas

Swedish-based furniture store IKEA has obtained a 165-megawatt wind farm in South Texas with hopes to generate as much renewable energy as the company uses globally. IKEA announced last Tuesday of its second American wind farm purchase from Apex Clean Energy. The first wind energy purchase, which was announced earlier this year, is located in Hoopeston, Illinois. The South Texas ...

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IEA warns of severe stress for the future of world energy

The International Energy Agency is urging world leaders to refrain from distractions in tackling the longer-term signs of stress that are emerging in the world energy system according to the newest World Energy Outlook (WEO-2014). The IEA has mapped up new scenarios and predictions for what the global energy reality will be in 2040.  In the central scenario of WEO-2014, ...

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Wind firm sues to block release of bird-death data

WASHINGTON — A company that operates at least 13 wind-energy facilities across three states is suing in federal court to block the U.S. government from releasing information to The Associated Press about how many birds are found dead at its facilities. Pacificorp of Portland, Oregon, is seeking an injunction in U.S. District Court in Utah to prevent the Interior Department ...

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Why don’t some state officials want you to read this report on ‘green’ energy jobs?

A state agency paid almost $435,000 for a survey to tally clean-energy jobs in Ohio but never released the results. The Ohio Development Services Agency says the study went unused because it was based on dubious methods and came to flawed conclusions. Others, including experts in survey methods, disagree with this assessment and are perplexed by the criticism. The report, ...

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Vestas Wind Systems announces big order

Denmark-based Vestas Wind Systems, who has four manufacturing plants in Colorado, has announced an order for 200 new wind turbines to be constructed in Minnesota and Texas, according to the Denver Business Journal. The announcement was made on Friday. Of the 200 V110-2.0 model wind turbines, 100 of them will be built for the Odell Wind Farm LLC in southern ...

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Offshore wind industry races to cut costs as subsidies drop

OFF THE COAST OF HELIGOLAND, Germany, Nov 14 – As European governments start to curb offshore renewable power subsidies, utilities, wind turbine makers and installers are racing to cut costs to help the industry survive. Britain, Germany and the Netherlands, wary of committing billions of euros when budgets are tight, have announced subsidy cuts in the past 18 months – ...

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Colorado among the best states for clean energy jobs

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Colorado has found itself in the top 10 for new clean energy jobs, according to a recent jobs report by Clean Energy Works for Us. Colorado is officially ranked fourth, with Nevada being first. The numbers were from quarter-three reports which saw Colorado have an energy job growth of 1,333. Nevada had the highest growth with 6,556 jobs announced, 6,500 ...

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US wind energy industry touts global leadership in new tax credit push

The leading U.S. wind energy industry group has to be creative when it comes to ringing alarm bells for a renewal of the Production Tax Credit. After all, it’s something they do every couple of years. Now, with the PTC already a year out of date and a presumably less renewables-friendly Congress waiting in the wings, there’s greater urgency than ...

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Texas wind blows in billions of dollars

When it comes to revenue, Texas crude oil hits a new hallmark nearly every month. But a new report from the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) has found that Texas is pulling in big bucks from wind energy that should not go unnoticed. According to the analysis, wind benefits Texas to the tone of $3.3 billion annually and passes on ...

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Energy News Roundup

The appointment of Sen. Lisa Murkowski as Chairman of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee will have a major impact on U.S. Energy Policy particularly in relation the Keystone XL Pipeline, hydraulic fracturing, air quality regulations and LNG Export development. Murkowski emerged victorious from the Alaska Senate race and will ensure these issues become a priority with the new Senate ...

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