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North American leaders to pledge more reliance on renewables

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says the leaders of the United States, Canada and Mexico will pledge this week to rely on renewable energy to generate 50 percent of North America’s electrical power by 2025. That’s a big jump from last year’s 37 percent level. But Brian Deese, senior adviser to the president says it’s doable through greater efficiency ...

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US wind energy output hit record in ’15, industry group says

US wind energy output hit record in '15, industry group says

BRIGHTON, Colo. (AP) — An industry group says wind energy generated a record 191 megawatt-hours of electricity last year, enough for 17.5 million homes. The American Wind Energy Association said Tuesday that wind produced 4.7 percent of the nation’s electricity in 2015. It says coal generated 33 percent and natural gas slightly less than that. The association released the statistics ...

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North Texas man gets 6 years for wind farm investment fraud

Wind turbine blades awaiting installation in Freeport, Texas. (Image: Patrick Feller via Flickr)

DALLAS (AP) — A North Texas man must serve six years in federal prison for running a wind farm investment scam. David Lyman Spalding of Colleyville was sentenced Tuesday in Dallas and ordered to repay nearly $3.4 million. A jury last April convicted the 62-year-old Spalding of wire fraud, mail fraud, bankruptcy fraud and providing false testimony under oath. Prosecutors ...

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Offshore wind could be years away off SC, if it comes at all

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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — It could be years before offshore wind turbines are built off South Carolina, if they are built at all. Officials of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management tell local media outlets that if no investors come forward to lease tracts off the coast, the concept will not move forward. The agency is holding public meetings along ...

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Wind-energy credit gives industry stability

A recently passed federal omnibus spending bill has good news for some groups including those who work in the wind energy industry. When President Obama signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016 into law Dec. 18, he signed into law all the amendments and special provisions. Those provisions include an extension of wind and other renewable energy credits. This is ...

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A state-by-state look at renewable energy requirements

Twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia have requirements that utilities get a certain amount of their electricity from renewable sources. Nine additional states have goals for renewable energy, while a dozen others have no targets. A state-by-state look at renewable energy policies. ALABAMA No renewable energy standard. ALASKA A bill passed in 2010 sets a goal, but not a ...

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Key sticking points in UN climate change talks

PARIS — Some 180 countries have already presented plans to cut or rein in their climate-warming greenhouse gas emissions. That’s a huge step forward for the U.N. climate talks but a host of difficult issues remain to be resolved before a new climate agreement can be adopted in Paris. Here are some of the most important ones: THE FIREWALL The ...

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Desperately seeking strategy, utilities lost in low-carbon world

PARIS – European utilities executives meeting at the Paris Climate Conference know they are part of the problem. What they have not yet figured out is how to make money by being part of the solution to climate change. For decades, power plants owned by the likes of RWE, Enel and EDF have been among Europe’s worst polluters. When governments ...

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Talen Completes Sale Of ‘Clean’ Plants

Talen Energy said Monday it has completed the sale of 25 renewable energy plants, including two here, to Energy Power Partners for $116 million. The renewable energy plants are in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Vermont and New Hampshire. They have a combined 65 megawatts of generating capacity. Announced in June, the sale of the renewable energy plants includes two on the ...

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Arkansas delegation wants answers on transmission line

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas congressional delegation is asking the U.S. Department of Energy to slow down the review process for a planned wind-energy transmission line that would cross the state. The department issued the final environmental impact statement for the multi-billion dollar Plains and Eastern Clean Line Transmission Project on Wednesday, noting its preferred path through Oklahoma ...

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