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August 13, 2013

New Iowa wind farms coming in Madison, Marshall, Grundy, Webster and O’Brien counties

by William Petroski, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted 2013-08-13 11:36:25

id American Energy said Monday it plans to build its new Iowa wind energy farms, costing up to $1.9 billion, in Madison, Marshall, Grundy, O’Brien and Webster counties. The utility company’s announcement of the sites follows an order issued Friday by the Iowa Utilities Board that allows it to develop up to 1,050 megawatts of additional wind energy in Iowa by the end of 2015. “We are excited about this. It is a huge project, and it is a win-win for everybody,” Branstad said. [ read more … ]

Utility will build wind turbines in 5 Iowa counties

AP  •    •  Posted 2013-08-13 11:36:43

The Iowa Utilities Board has approved a $1.9 billion project from the state’s largest utility to install hundreds of wind turbines by the end of 2015, Gov. Terry Branstad said Monday. Branstad called the Des Moines-based MidAmerican Energy Company’s plan a “win-win” for the state.
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Local wind power at heart of industry’s 2012 growth — report

Henry Gass, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-08-13 11:37:02

With the American wind market showing record growth and offshore wind farms gaining support, a new report commissioned by the Department of Energy shows that the bulk of this increased capacity is coming from a small-scale, local, decentralized sector known as distributed wind power. The report, prepared by DOE and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), takes stock of the growth in distributed wind power in 2012, which is used independently of utilities to power smaller facilities like farms, small businesses and homes. [ read more … ]

Flodesign’s Jet-Engine Turbine Will Change The Way You Think About Wind Power

BY: JON GERTNER, Fast Company  •    •  Posted 2013-08-13 11:37:36

FloDesign effectively began as a theory. In the sleepy town of Wilbraham, Massachusetts, two semiretired aerospace scientists named Walter Presz and Michael Werle had set up a skunk works for exploring jet-engine propulsion technologies. When I met with them there several years ago, Presz told me that around 2004 the two started to think: Rather than putting energy in for propulsion, what if you took energy out and turned the engine into a wind turbine? [ read more … ]

Texas could be a renewable energy leader, says former Energy secretary

E&E  •    •  Posted 2013-08-13 11:37:58

Houston has the potential to be the nation’s leader in a much-needed renewable energy future, former Energy Secretary Bill Richardson told a group of officials and business leaders while speaking in the city Thursday. [ read more … ]

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