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Amazon hires Iberdrola to build wind farm for cloud data

MADRID – Online store Amazon said it has contracted Spanish utility Iberdrola to build and manage a wind farm in North Carolina, United States, to power its current and future cloud data centers. Amazon affiliate Amazon Web Services (AWS) said on Monday the wind farm would be operational by December of next year, putting it on track to surpass a ...

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APNewsBreak: South getting its first big wind farm soon

On a vast tract of old North Carolina farmland, crews are getting ready to build something the South has never seen: a commercial-scale wind energy farm. The $600 million project by Spanish developer Iberdrola Renewables LLC will put 102 turbines on 22,000 acres near the coastal community of Elizabeth City, with plans to add about 50 more. Once up and ...

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On gas, nuclear, hydro, Vermont ducks energy problems

MONTPELIER, Vt. — When Vermont became the first state to ban hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in 2012, Gov. Peter Shumlin said the ban was “in keeping with our environmental ethic and our protection of our natural resources.” But the state is likely on the verge of a big increase in the use of fracked gas from Canada. The aging ...

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North Dakota officials consider wind farm south of Rolette

ROLETTE, N.D. — The North Dakota Public Service Commission is considering a proposed wind farm that would feature 59 turbines in the northern part of the state. Under its proposal, Rolette Power Development is seeking to generate about 100 megawatts of electricity on nearly 15,000 acres of land between Rolette and Rugby, KXMC-TV reported. The company is asking the commission ...

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New Mexico recognized for clean energy

CARLSBAD — In a new study about states leading in clean energy development, New Mexico was recognized as a clean energy state, despite recent criticisms from the state’s attorney general. The new report, released Monday by the Clean Energy States Alliance, is called, “Clean Energy Champions: The Importance of State Programs and Policies.” The alliance is a nonprofit group with ...

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White House rallies investors to commit $4 billion to clean energy

WASHINGTON – The White House has pushed foundations, institutional investors and philanthropies to commit more than $4 billion to clean energy projects and help fight climate change, doubling a goal set in February, officials said. The administration issued a call to action early in the year asking them to make commitments on clean energy innovation, and “we’ve seen a really ...

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Exxon CEO on renewable energy: ‘We choose not to lose money on purpose’

Exxon Mobil Corp. is unlikely to adopt a climate change resolution initiative, the Houston Business Journal reports. CEO Rex Tillerson and shareholders collectively rejected environmental activists’ proposals for climate-conscious additions, including a global warming expert on the board of directors. Activists in the company’s home base of Irving ultimately hope the company shift their focus away from oil and gas ...

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Oklahoma governor signs bills to on wind industry incentives

OKLAHOMA CITY — Gov. Mary Fallin has signed six bills into law, including two measures aimed at altering tax incentives and credits for the Oklahoma wind energy industry. One bill phases out the current property tax exemption for wind facilities. The other makes wind facilities ineligible for a job creation tax credit currently offered by the state. A zero emissions ...

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Advocacy group: Wind turbine rules needed to protect birds

PORT AUSTIN, Mich. — The sky above a tabletop-flat expanse of eastern Michigan farmland near Lake Huron is a well-traveled pathway for migratory birds journeying between summer nesting areas in Canada’s boreal forests and wintering grounds to the south. Thanks to reliably brisk winds, the ground below is dotted with hundreds of electricity-generating turbines. Federal guidelines from the U.S. Fish ...

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Dixfield residents speak to pros, cons of wind development at public hearing

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DIXFIELD — More than 50 residents met Thursday evening at Dirigo High School to express their opinions on whether to approve a revised Wind Energy Facility Ordinance and repeal the prior ordinance. Patriot Renewables LLC of Quincy, Mass., approached Dixfield officials three years ago about constructing a 20-megawatt wind turbine project on the Col. Holman Mountain ridge. Residents approved a ...

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