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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

September 9, 2013

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DOE: Iowa is key part of national surge in wind energy

by Perry Beeman, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted 2013-09-09 09:46:40

Iowa is among several states now getting more than 20 percent of its power from wind, a key reason wind energy was the fastest-growing power-generation sector for the first time in 2012, the U.S. Department of Energy reported Tuesday. Wind accounted for 43 percent of all new electricity generation last year, a $25 billion investment, DOE reported. [ read more … ]

Nebraska Wind plant needs buyers of electricity to get aloft

By Paul Hammel / World-Herald staff writer  •    •  Posted 2013-09-09 09:46:57

A small wind farm planned near this small town is ready to begin construction except for one major snag — no one, so far, wants to buy the electricity it will produce. The 22 farmers behind Burt County Wind LLC are trying to change that by convincing Nebraska utilities that they need to look past the slightly higher cost of the energy produced by small wind farms and consider the bigger economic impact that such projects would provide.
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European Automakers Hope Technology Can Lure Younger Buyers

By JACK EWING, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2013-09-09 09:47:12

BMW is going to extremes to make the i3 the most carbon-neutral car on the road. A wind turbine outside the BMW factory in Leipzig provides power for the i3 assembly line, and the carbon fiber for the passenger compartment comes from a factory in Washington State that uses hydropower. And of course the i3 itself has no tailpipe emissions (unless buyers choose a range-extender version that has a small gasoline motor). [ read more … ]

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