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UMaine’s offshore wind project gets another boost

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

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A University of Maine-led offshore wind power pilot project has officially been selected to join a federal government demonstration program. The Aqua Ventus was originally passed over for a $47 million grant, but the Department of Energy awarded some funding because the project showed promise. Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King said Friday that the project ...

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$3.7M grant awarded to Lake Erie wind turbine project

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CLEVELAND (AP) — The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded a $3.7 million grant to a company doing engineering work on a proposed wind turbine project in Lake Erie. Lake Erie Energy Development Corp. is aiming to build a 20-megawatt demonstration wind farm in the lake northwest of downtown Cleveland. Current cost estimates are between $120 million and $128 million. ...

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Maine students to compete in wind turbine building contest

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ORONO, Maine (AP) — Hundreds of students are going to the University of Maine to design and build scale-model floating wind turbine platforms and pitch them to a panel of judges. The competition is part of the Windstorm Challenge and the 8th Annual Maine Wind Blade Challenge, held at the University of Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center on Friday. ...

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Effort to cap surplus sale of solar, wind electricity nixed

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — One Pennsylvania state agency is rejecting a move by another to limit how much surplus electricity can be sold back to utilities from customer-owned solar panels or wind turbines. The Independent Regulatory Review Commission voted unanimously Thursday against the proposal by the Public Utility Commission, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports (http://bit.ly/1TrPr5r). That proposal would have capped the ...

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Companies propose deep-water wind turbines off Hawaii shores

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HONOLULU (AP) — Massive wind turbines could end up floating in deep ocean waters off Hawaii’s shores under proposals to bring more renewable energy to the islands. Two companies have proposed offshore wind turbine projects for federal waters off Oahu as Hawaii pushes to meet its aggressive renewable energy goals. Their plans would use technology that floats the tall turbines ...

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3 upstate NY colleges winners in $3 million energy contest

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Student-led teams from three upstate New York colleges have been awarded $1 million each for their proposals to harness renewable energy to power their campuses. The winners announced Monday are teams at Bard College, University at Buffalo and Broome Community College. The Bard project will spur installation of micro-hydroelectric power generators. The Buffalo team will install ...

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New York invests in $220 million in clean energy projects

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York is partnering with several private companies to invest up to $220 million in new clean energy and energy efficiency projects. The move, announced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday, is part of the state’s effort to generate half of its electricity from renewable sources by the year 2030. Overall, the state plans to set ...

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New York state schedules series of hearings on clean energy

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The New York State Department of Public Service is hosting a series of public hearings on a new clean energy proposal. Officials will provide information and take public comment on the state’s proposed Clean Energy Standard. The program mandates that 50 percent of all electricity consumed in New York by 2030 come from clean and renewable ...

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New wind energy rule would permit thousands of eagle deaths

FILE - In this April 18, 2013, file photo, a golden eagle is seen flying over a wind turbine wind farm in Converse County Wyo. The Obama administration is revising a federal rule that allows wind-energy companies to operate high-speed turbines for up to 30 years, even if means killing or injuring thousands of federally protected bald and golden eagles.  (AP Photo/Dina Cappiello, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is revising a federal rule that allows wind-energy companies to operate high-speed turbines for up to 30 years, even if means killing or injuring thousands of federally protected bald and golden eagles. Under the plan announced Wednesday, companies could kill or injure up to 4,200 bald eagles a year without penalty —nearly four times ...

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