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April 23, 2014

Google, MidAmerican sign renewable energy agreement

Matthew Patane, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted 2014-04-23 06:37:38

Iowa’s wind energy will fully power the first phase of Google’s Council Bluffs data center, adding another Iowa data center that is receiving power from renewable energy.
Under an agreement with Google, MidAmerican Energy will provide up to 407 megawatts of wind-sourced energy to the Mountain View, Calif.-based technology company’s Council Bluffs data center. The two companies said Tuesday that the energy provided will fully power the first phase of that data center. [ read more … ]

Wyoming wind energy on the rise, but distant No. 2 to coal

By BENJAMIN STORROW Star-Tribune staff writer  •    •  Posted 2014-04-23 06:37:59

Wyoming is among the greenest states in the nation, at least in terms of renewable power production. Wind energy accounted for 8 percent of the Cowboy State’s electricity generation in 2013, according to the U.S. Energy Information Agency, making it the second-biggest source of power production in the state. Coal was far and away the largest power producer in Wyoming, responsible for generating 89 percent of the state’s electrical production. No other sector accounted for more than 1 percent of Wyoming’s power. [ read more … ]

Will Colorado’s strong wind energy flag this year?

By Mark Jaffe, The Denver Post  •    •  Posted 2014-04-23 06:38:16

Colorado wind power continued to soar in 2013, but may flag this year according to facts and figures in American Wind EnergyAssociation’s annual market report. AWEA, the industry’s main trade group, pronounced 2013 a good year with 61,110 megawatts operating in the U.S. across 46,100 wind turbines in 39 states and Puerto Rico. The 905 utility-scale wind projects operating can power the equivalent of 15.5 million American homes. [ read more … ]

Ice or Molten Salt, Not Batteries, to Store Energy

By MATTHEW L. WALD, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2014-04-23 06:38:33

ENERGY storage is crucial to transforming the electric grid into a clean, sustainable, low-emissions system, the experts say. And it’s happening already, just not the way most consumers would expect. The simplest idea for storage — charging up batteries at night when there is a lot of wind energy and not much demand for it, or at midday when the sun is bright — is years from being feasible, according to the experts.
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