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July 25, 2014

Wind Turbine Manufacturer Hiring 800 People In Colorado As Orders Pile Up

BY ARI PHILLIPS, Think Progress  •    •  Posted 2014-07-25 06:53:26

While the politics of fracking has taken hold of election-year energy discussions in Colorado, the wind power industry is quietly surging. On Friday Vesta Wind Systems announced it was hiring 800 new workers, part of plans to fill 1,500 jobs this year in Colorado, after receiving orders for 370 turbines over the last few weeks. The jobs will be full-time, high-skilled jobs primarily in the manufacturing of blades and towers. “We have received U.S. orders of 740 MW in the last month alone, so our North American factories are very busy, as are factories overseas,” Vestas spokesman Adam Serchuk told ThinkProgress. “As far as I can see this will be the case at least through the end of 2015.” [ read more … ]

Why Oklahoma’s Wind Energy Future Could Be Shaped by Osage County

By JOE WERTZ, KOSU  •    •  Posted 2014-07-25 06:53:52

Wind-energy is becoming a big deal in Oklahoma. In 2013, this state was the country’s fourth-largest wind power producer. Wind farms are a common sight in western Oklahoma, but the industry is new to northeastern Oklahoma. Developers say the wind here is good, and this region is close to electrical infrastructure. That makes it cheaper to get wind power to the grid. But resistance has been fierce. A key question local and state officials are wrestling with: Where do one person’s property rights end, and another person’s begin? On one side you have landowners like Frank Robson, one of the loudest anti-wind farm voices in Oklahoma. [ read more … ]

White House to Begin $10 Billion Rural Investment Fund

By ALEXANDRA STEVENSON, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2014-07-25 06:54:19

The White House Rural Council will announce plans on Thursday to start a $10 billion investment fund that will give pension funds and large investors the opportunity to invest in agricultural projects. Those include wastewater systems, energy projects and infrastructure development in rural America. “We’re the eHarmony.com of infrastructure and business investment,” the agriculture secretary, Tom Vilsack, said, referring to the online dating service. [ read more … ]

USDA, private sector launch $10B fund to boost rural projects

Tiffany Stecker, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-07-25 06:54:54

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today the creation of a $10 billion fund to support the development of water, transportation and energy infrastructure, as well as rural businesses, in rural America. USDA, CoBank and Capitol Peak Asset Management Co. have joined to create a mechanism that will provide loans to projects that boost rural infrastructure and business development. “It means we can begin to address the infrastructure deficit that exists in rural communities today,” Vilsack said in a call with reporters yesterda [ read more … ]

McCarthy enlists low-carbon businesses to help tout rule

Jean Chemnick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-07-25 06:55:19

U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy yesterday asked low-carbon industry advocates to help spread the word about the economic and job-creation opportunities she said would be created by EPA’s greenhouse gas proposal for existing power plants. McCarthy told environmental entrepreneurs on a call hosted by the green business group Business Forward that she needed their help in communicating the positive message about greenhouse gas reduction. [ read more … ]

EPA’s power plant rule wouldn’t mess with Texas — analysis

Jean Chemnick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-07-25 06:55:38

U.S. EPA’s proposal for existing power plants greenhouse gases will be a windfall for states that produce natural gas and a blow to those that produce coal, according to a study released today by the Center for Strategic and International Studies and the Rhodium Group. The two research organizations found in preliminary study results the draft rule’s impact on a state’s fossil fuels extraction industries will be a more significant economic predictor than its effect on electricity prices or the relative greenhouse gas abatement responsibilities assigned to that state.
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Report ranks power companies’ pursuit of renewables, efficiency gains

Debra Kahn, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-07-25 06:55:55

A report from investor activist group Ceres is gauging the nation’s major utilities’ embrace of renewable energy and energy efficiency with an eye toward encouraging compliance with upcoming federal electricity rules. The study ranked 32 of the country’s largest investor-owned utility holding companies on their renewable energy and energy efficiency performance. The companies and their 80 utility subsidiaries accounted for about 70 percent of U.S. retail electricity sales in 2012. [ read more … ]

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