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April 24, 2013

How wind energy helped Iowa attract Facebook’s new data center

by Dan Haugen, Midwest Energy News  •    •  Posted 2013-04-24 12:12:56

After 18 months of courtship and competition, Iowa officials announced Tuesday that Facebook has selected a Des Moines suburb as the site for its next data center. The social media giant plans to break ground this summer in Altoona, Iowa, on a $300 million data center that could be the first of three facilities there. Much of the news coverage has focused on the $18 million in tax credits awarded by the state, but Facebook had another reason to “like” Iowa: wind power.
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Was Iowa’s data center success due to wind energy?

By Paul Hammel and Andrew J. Nelson, Omaha WORLD-HERALD BUREAU  •    •  Posted 2013-04-24 12:13:26

Nebraskans looking for a reason why Facebook chose Iowa over the Cornhusker State for a $300 million data center might want to glance at the horizon. In Iowa, you’re much more likely to see a row of wind turbines spinning away. [ read more … ]

Google Pushes Utilities Toward Offering Renewable Energy Option

  •  SustainableBusiness.com  •  Posted 2013-04-24 12:13:48

As North Carolina works on destroying its Renewable Portfolio Standard – the policy that’s catapulted it to US leadership – Google is showing how important renewables are to economic development there. Google is planning to expand its data center there, bringing its investment to $1.2 billion, and it wants renewable energy to power it. [ read more … ]

U.S. States Turn Against Renewable Energy as Gas Plunges

By Christopher Martin – Apr 23, 2013 8:59 AM CT, Bloomberg  •  SustainableBusiness.com  •  Posted 2013-04-24 12:14:09

More than half the U.S. states with laws requiring utilities to buy renewable energy are considering ways to pare back those mandates after a plunge in natural gas prices brought on by technology that boosted supply. Sixteen of the 29 states with renewable portfolio standards are considering legislation that would reduce the need for wind and solar power, according to researchers backed by the U.S. Energy Department. North Carolina lawmakers may be among the first to move, followed by Colorado and Connecticut. [ read more … ]

DOE’s Hoffman discusses agency’s efforts to modernize grid

Monica Trauzzi, E&E  •  SustainableBusiness.com  •  Posted 2013-04-24 12:14:33

What are the systemwide impacts of the federal government’s Smart Grid Investment Grant program? During today’s OnPoint, Patricia Hoffman, assistant secretary of the Department of Energy’s Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, discusses the reliability improvements associated with the investments. She also addresses some of the challenges associated with smart grid integration and consumer acceptance. [ read more … ]

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