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February 2, 2015

Interior advances what would be North America’s largest wind project 

Scott Streater, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-02-02 06:41:07

A proposed wind farm that would string together 1,000 turbines across nearly 220,000 acres of public and private lands in southeast Wyoming has reached another regulatory milestone, with the Interior Department greenlighting a series of infrastructure projects that move the Chokecherry and Sierra Madre Wind Energy Project closer to construction. [ read more … ]

After building it, one city wonders if they will come 

Ariel Wittenberg, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-01-31 07:25:15

But Massachusetts has spent $113 million on a new port facility in New Bedford built specifically to cater to offshore wind farms, bolstering widespread community support for the strategy. The city’s location near two federal areas off the coasts of Massachusetts and Rhode Island slated for wind development also buoys residents’ hopes. Says Mayor Jon Mitchell: “The arrival of the offshore wind industry in America, and especially the Northeast, is inevitable. And when it comes, New Bedford will be ready.” [ read more … ]

New Mexico Land Commissioner Halts Huge Renewable Energy Project

BY SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, ASSOCIATED PRESS  •    •  Posted 2015-02-02 06:41:35

New Mexico Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn has put the brakes on a $2 billion transmission project that would carry electricity generated by renewable resources in New Mexico and Arizona to markets across the West. Dunn announced late Wednesday that he was issuing a 60-day suspension after meeting with the developers. That delay will give his office more time to review the project before any further development affects state trust lands, he said. [ read more … ]

Comment: A company’s perspective on why wind energy matters

By Jonathan M. Weisgall, Vice President, Berkshire Energy, The  •    •  Posted 2015-02-01 05:01:23

And the last point, and perhaps the most obvious, is that we’re pursuing wind resources because it is a proven technology that can address federal environmental policies. It’s a key element in our balanced approach to a resource technology mix. Wind resource investment has been good for our customers, it’s good for the environment, and it’s certainly been good for the state of Iowa. That’s why Berkshire Hathaway sees it as a good investment. [ read more … ]

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Most Republicans Say They Back Climate Action, Poll Finds

By CORAL DAVENPORT and MARJORIE CONNELLY, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2015-02-02 06:43:35

An overwhelming majority of the American public, including half of Republicans, support government action to curb global warming, according to a poll conducted by The New York Times, Stanford Universityand the nonpartisan environmental research group Resources for the Future.
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