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November 26, 2013

Is this man slowing wind development in Nebraska?

by Karen Uhlenhuth, Midwest Energy News  •    •  Posted 2013-11-26 07:12:50

Nebraska is rated third among the states for its wind-energy potential. And yet a year ago, it ranked only 26th for its actual wind-energy production. It’s a long-debated issue that came to a head earlier this year, when neighboring Iowa’s vast wind farms helped it beat out the Cornhusker State to land a $300 million Facebook data center. In fact, among Midwest states, only Ohio has less installed wind capacity than Nebraska. The reason for the gap? Several people familiar with the curious dynamics of wind energy in Nebraska place much of it squarely on the doorstep of one Bruce Pontow. [ read more … ]

Vestas Hopes to Bring Wind Power to World

By DIANE CARDWELL, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2013-11-26 07:13:11

In recent years, solar energy has emerged as a solution for powering places that lack sufficient electricity, frequently remote areas in developing nations where conventional fuel can be expensive. Now, Vestas, the wind technology giant, is betting its products can do the same. On Monday, the company announced a project called Wind for Prosperity, with the goal of bringing low-cost power to rural populations around the globe. [ read more … ]

Emissions of Methane in U.S. Exceed Estimates, Study Finds

By MICHAEL WINES, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2013-11-26 07:13:33

Emissions of the greenhouse gas methane due to human activity were roughly 1.5 times greater in the United States in the middle of the last decade than prevailing estimates, according to a new analysis by 15 climate scientists published Monday in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The analysis also said that methane discharges in Texas and Oklahoma, where oil and gas production was concentrated at the time, were 2.7 times greater than conventional estimates. Emissions from oil and gas activity alone could be five times greater than the prevailing estimate, the report said. [ read more … ]

U.S. issues first criminal sentence for bird deaths at Wyo. turbine farms

Phil Taylor, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-11-26 07:13:49

The federal government Friday announced the first-ever criminal enforcement of bird-protection laws at a wind energy facility, fining a North Carolina-based energy giant $1 million for killing more than 150 migratory birds, including 14 golden eagles, at two Wyoming wind farms over the past few years. The government’s plea agreement with Duke Energy Corp. could have broad legal implications as the Obama administration and the wind industry grapple with the ecological trade-offs of building commercial-scale wind farms across the landscape. [ read more … ]

Environment, energy gigs aren’t what they used to be

Emily Yehle and Robin Bravender, E&E reporters  •    •  Posted 2013-11-26 07:14:03

When U.S. EPA was founded in 1970, Bill Ruckelshaus had thousands of applications from would-be employees who wanted to be part of an agency with a cause they believed in. “From the beginning, the morale was sky high,” the first EPA administrator said in a recent interview. “People were excited and enthusiastic and working around the clock because they had this cause that they were working for.” The thrill is gone. An agency that was once home to some of the government’s happiest employees now ranks just average in morale. And EPA’s not alone: Employees at the Interior Department and the Energy Department are also on par with other federal workers when it comes to their overall job satisfaction, according to a recent government survey. [ read more … ]

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