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Yahoo embraces community model of renewable energy development

Yahoo has entered into a long-term power purchase agreement of at least 10 years with OwnEnergy, a national developer of mid-sized wind farms. Under the terms of the agreement, Yahoo will purchase approximately half the output from the 50 MW Alexander wind farm in western Kansas, which will be used to offset much of its energy usage in the Great Plains region. The project is located south of Alexander, Kansas and will tie into the Southwest Power Pool Midwest Energy Transmission System.

Ontario invests wisely in nuclear

Nuclear energy outperforms wind and natural gas in slowing the advance of climate change, according to an independent study by engineering firm Hatch for the Canadian Nuclear Association, which compares greenhouse gas (GHG) and other emissions from nuclear power plants, wind farms, natural gas plants, and wind farms backed by natural gas plants.

NPPD urged to scrap coal for wind

The Center for Rural Affairs is celebrating news that Hallam, Nebraska will be the site of a 54 turbine wind farm, as the developer, Volkswind USA, applied for special use permits this week. The center is also urging the Nebraska Public Power District to embrace wind.

Research budgets favor nuclear; investments go to renewables

The nuclear renaissance has been stalled for years, while renewable energy continues to expand rapidly, although it still has a long way to go to catch up with fossil fueled power plants, according to Worldwatch Institute's (WWI) Vital Signs Online analysis by senior researcher Michael Renner.

LA's $8B green energy initiative

An $8 billion green energy initiative that would bring large amounts of clean electricity to the Los Angeles area by 2023 is being called "the 21 st  Century's Hoover Dam." The project would require construction of one of America's largest wind farms in Wyoming, one of the world's biggest energy storage facilities in Utah, and a 525-mile electric transmission line connecting the two. The proposed project would generate more than twice the amount of electricity produced by the giant 1930s-era hydroelectric dam in Nevada-- 9.2 million megawatt-hours per year vs. 3.9 million megawatt-hours.

Failure overcome, DTE wind operations are live

The commencement of commercial operations of DTE Energy's Echo Wind Park-- comprised of 70, 1.6 MW turbines across 16,000 acres in Huron County-- is being celebrated.  The launch is particularly significant, especially after the November 7, 2013 failure during a six hour turbine reliability test where one of the turbine blades came crashing down. No one was injured, but DTE decided at that time to suspend commissioning activities.

Duke Energy partnering with progressive utilities on renewables

Duke Energy Renewables, a commercial business unit of Duke Energy, will build the next phase of its Los Vientos Windpower Project in Starr County, Texas. The 110 MW Los Vientos V currently has 25-year power purchase agreements with Garland Power & Light, Greenville Electric Utility System and Bryan Texas Utilities (BTU).

U.S. wind capacity to double by 2020

The U.S. continues to lead the world in wind energy, ranking second in installed capacity, according to two reports released recently by the Department of Energy. The wind market in the United States remains strong due to increasing wind energy generation of decreasing wind technology prices, driving the U.S. closer to doubling wind power generation once again by 2020, the reports predict.

Wind power to supersede all others

In an era of high energy costs, developments in wind technology have made wind energy among the most affordable and desirable forms of renewable energy. In fact, Global Industry Analysts, Inc. (GIA) expects cumulative capacity of wind power to more than double by 2020.

State of wind industry demonstrates value of strong policy

The IRS is expected to provide further guidance on the PTC, which may help increase the percentage of projects with long-term power sale agreements. But congressional action is needed to continue the incentive for private investment in new wind farms to avoid a downturn in development such as the one that occurred last year because of uncertainty up until the last-minute extension on Jan. 2, 2013.