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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

August 13, 2014

Despite uptick in activity, wind industry faces uncertainty in Congress

Nick Juliano, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-08-13 06:49:52

The wind industry is touting increased construction activity and power purchases from some of the country’s largest companies to argue for an extension of its key federal incentive — amid an uncertain political landscape that could be heavily influenced by the outcome of November’s election for control of the Senate. [ read more … ]

BLM advancing massive Wyo. wind farm toward construction phase

Scott Streater, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-08-13 06:50:13

The Obama administration continues to move a massive wind farm project that proposes to string together 1,000 turbines across nearly 220,000 acres of public and private lands in southeast Wyoming closer to construction. The Bureau of Land Management this week issued a preliminary environmental assessment (EA) of some of the infrastructure projects needed to build the massive Chokecherry and Sierra Madre Wind Energy Project, which would have the capacity to produce up to 3,000 megawatts of electricity, making it the biggest power-producing wind farm in North America. [ read more … ]

Interior targets parcels off N.C. coast for development

Scott Streater, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-08-13 06:50:38

The Obama administration is ramping up efforts to expand offshore wind energy development in the Atlantic Ocean off North Carolina, an area that previous studies estimated could support nearly 300,000 megawatts of power production. The Interior Department today said it has established three so-called wind energy areas off the North Carolina coast, totaling about 307,590 acres, which would be potentially suitable for commercial-scale wind power production. [ read more … ]

Agency taps new technology to clean up radar’s turbine clutter

Clare Clancy, Canadian Press/Edmonton Journal  •    •  Posted 2014-08-13 06:50:56

Canada’s top environmental agency is set to employ new technology that would counteract the radar disruptions caused by wind farms. The movement of wind turbines can sometimes mimic weather in Doppler radar systems, confusing meteorologists trying to make weather forecasts and even blocking radar signals in extreme cases. [ read more … ]

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