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September 14, 2014

Sun and Wind Alter Global Landscape, Leaving Utilities Behind

By JUSTIN GILLIS, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2014-09-14 16:53:37

Of all the developed nations, few have pushed harder than Germany to find a solution to global warming. And towering symbols of that drive are appearing in the middle of the North Sea. They are wind turbines, standing as far as 60 miles from the mainland, stretching as high as 60-story buildings and costing up to $30 million apiece. On some of these giant machines, a single blade roughly equals the wingspan of the largest airliner in the sky, the Airbus A380. By year’s end, scores of new turbines will be sending low-emission electricity to German cities hundreds of miles to the south. [ read more … ]

State energy board gives initial OK to $140M wind farm near Blue Hill, Nebraska

By Paul Hammel, World-Herald Bureau  •    •  Posted 2014-09-14 16:53:58

A state energy board gave conditional approval Friday to a $140 million wind farm that would rise south of Blue Hill in south-central Nebraska.
Financed by NextEra Energy Resources, the nation’s largest wind developer, the project would produce about $800,000 a year in lease payments to 35 landowners and about $864,000 a year in local taxes. That would represent a 7 percent increase in overall tax revenue for Webster County, according to David Levy, an Omaha attorney who represents Florida-based NextEra. [ read more … ]

Green power programs on the rise in both red and blue states — report

Daniel Bush, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-09-14 16:54:16

Green energy programs have expanded in blue states as well as deeply conservative ones like Texas and Mississippi in recent years, according to a study released yesterday by Stanford University and the Hoover Institution. “Many states, from all parts of the country and from all political perspectives, are taking steps to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy,” the report said. “Put simply, both red states and blue states are turning green, whether measured in dollar-savings or environmental benefit,” it added. [ read more … ]

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