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April 19, 2013

RES Begins Building Wind Farm in Kansas Owned by GE and Enel

By Andrew Herndon, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2013-04-19 12:00:34

RES Americas Inc., a unit of the U.K.’s Renewable Energy Systems Ltd., started construction on a 250-megawatt wind farm in Kansas that’s owned by units of General Electric Co. (GE) and Italian utility Enel SpA. (ENEL) The Buffalo Dunes project southwest of Garden City, Kansas, will use 135 GE wind turbines, Broomfield Colorado-based RES Americas said today in a statement. Southern Co. (SO)’s Alabama Power utility has agreed to buy “most of the electricity” for 20 years, RES said. [ read more … ]

Walmart’s CEO doubles down on the company’s aggressive bet on renewable energy

Daniel Cusick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-04-19 12:00:53

To every environmentalist who ever bad-mouthed Walmart for its big-box blandness and gigantic impervious parking lots, here’s some news: The retail behemoth is throwing its full economic muscle behind energy sustainability. Local utilities that don’t get on board with Walmart’s green energy programs could be left behind like an old, worn-out shopping center. [ read more … ]

FERC accepts N.Y., Calif. transmission proposals

Hannah Northey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-04-19 12:02:00

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission today conditionally approved plans that grid operators in New York and California submitted to comply with the agency’s sweeping new transmission planning policies. But the agency exempted two smaller companies that operate relatively few power lines from the rules. [ read more … ]

Maine Governor Spins Windmill Conspiracy Theory

by Mike Tipping, Bangor Daily News  •    •  Posted 2013-04-19 12:02:17

Governor LePage has a habit of using false anecdotes to back up his policy positions. It started during his campaign and has continued throughout his time in office. He routinely makes up regulations that don’t exist, conversations that never happened and discriminatory practices that have never occurred. LePage has repeated some of these claims even after they have been proven to be false. What these lies have in common is that they all seem designed to highlight some extreme example of what LePage sees as wrong with the world and justify his policy prescriptions. If any of them were true, they would be very compelling. [ read more … ]

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