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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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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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Wind, nuclear advance as NY moves ahead with energy plan

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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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Feds remove the lesser prairie chicken from protection list

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Facing an uphill court fight, the U.S. government announced Tuesday it was formally removing the lesser prairie chicken from a federal protection list under the Endangered Species Act. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said the move follows recent court rulings in Texas that stripped the lesser prairie chicken of federal protection. However, federal officials say ...

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California governor looks to extend climate-change efforts

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown has launched a campaign to extend some of the most ambitious climate-change programs in the country and ensure his environmental legacy when he leaves office in two years. The centerpiece of the push is a cap-and-trade program that aims to reduce the use of fossil fuels by forcing manufacturers and other companies ...

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Man survives 120-foot fall from Kansas wind turbine

PRATT, Kan. (AP) — A south-central Kansas sheriff says a man who fell 120 feet while working on a wind turbine is expected to survive. Pratt County Sheriff Vernon Chinn says the worker was seriously injured during the tumble onto muddy terrain Sunday morning while he was repairing a blade on a wind generator near Pratt. Chinn says emergency responders ...

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NY Sen. Schumer: Make oil safer before train shipments

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Sen. Charles Schumer says oil companies should be required to make their crude less dangerous to transport before loading it onto trains. The Democrat said Wednesday that much of the oil being shipped via train can be rendered less hazardous by removing flammable gasses first. Oil coming from North Dakota’s Bakken Shale formation is considered more ...

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