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Tax credits for Nebraska wind energy stalled by filibuster

LINCOLN, Neb. — An effort to attract more wind farms to Nebraska failed on Tuesday after senators derailed a bill that would have provided $75 million in production tax credits for renewable energy. Conservative senators mounted a filibuster to block the proposal, arguing that the state shouldn’t subsidize wind energy. The bill by Sen. Jeremy Nordquist of Omaha would have ...

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Xcel Energy agrees to buy N.D. wind farm project

Xcel Energy Inc. is buying another large wind farm. The nation’s most windpower-reliant utility said it will invest $300 million to purchase and complete a North Dakota wind farm under development by Edina-based Geronimo Energy. The deal, announced to investors and regulators on Thursday, salvages a project that might otherwise not be built because no wind energy company had stepped ...

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Wyoming-to-California lines for wind power clear hurdle

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A planned 730-mile power line project to export Wyoming wind power to southern California has passed a significant regulatory milestone with the release of a federal environmental study. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management on Friday opened a 30-day period in which it will accept any protests against land-use changes for the TransWest Express project in the ...

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Offshore wind energy sector off to slow start in US

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. — When the Obama administration cleared the way five years ago for the nation’s first offshore wind farm to be built, advocates hoped it was the start of a new way of generating power along the East Coast. That project, Cape Wind’s wind farm off of Cape Cod, has stalled. And construction has only just begun for another, ...

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Nebraska wind-energy tax credit bill wins initial approval

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LINCOLN, Neb.  — An expanded tax credit for wind-energy farms won initial approval from Nebraska lawmakers Wednesday despite arguments that the state shouldn’t invest in the industry. Senators voted 25-3 to advance the bill through the first of three rounds of debate. Sen. Jeremy Nordquist, of Omaha, said his proposal would help Nebraska compete with other Midwestern states that have ...

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Colorado leads nation in growth in wind energy factory jobs

DENVER — The Denver Post reports Colorado led the nation in the growth of wind energy manufacturing jobs in 2014. The Post quoted the American Wind Energy Association as saying almost 4,900 megawatts of wind projects were added in the U.S. in 2014, four times the amount added in 2013. That spurred a rise in employment of 22,500 jobs for ...

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Wind-power plan back in front of PUC

Black Hills Energy’s request to erect a new 60-megawatt addition to its wind-power complex in Huerfano County will be back in front of the Colorado Public Utilities Commission on Thursday. The commissioners turned down the idea in February but Black Hills asked for a rehearing and it has the support of groups that are usually critics, such as the conservation ...

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Jury finds man guilty of defrauding investors of $3.7M

DALLAS — A Dallas federal jury has found a Colleyville man guilty of defrauding investors of nearly $4 million by selling them stakes in wind farms that were nothing but hot air. The Dallas Morning News reports 62-year-old Dave Spaulding was convicted Wednesday on two counts of wire fraud and one count of mail fraud. He also was found guilty on ...

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Texas renewable energy requirement in cross hairs at Capitol

Citing Texas’ position as the No. 1 generator of wind power, a leading Central Texas lawmaker wants to shelve the 16-year-0ld program that launched renewable energy in the state. State Sen. Troy Fraser, R-Horseshoe Bay, wants to end a state mandate that requires utilities to get a portion of their electricity from renewables. The proposal echoes calls by key Republican ...

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