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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

September 2, 2015

Obama, Visiting Arctic, Will Pledge Aid to Alaskans Hit by Climate Change

, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2015-09-02 06:39:05

President Obama on Wednesday will pledge to step up government aid for Arctic communities whose shorelines and infrastructure are crumbling as warming seas melt their foundations, intensifying his administration’s effort to cope with the effects of climate change where they are being felt most acutely. Venturing north of the Arctic Circle to Kotzebue, where he will become the first sitting president to visit Arctic Alaska, Mr. Obama will announce federal grant programs to help villages there cope with coastal erosion and high energy costs, and, in some extreme cases, relocate altogether, the White House said.
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US clean energy suffers from lack of wind

By Gregory Meyer, Financial Times  •    •  Posted 2015-09-02 06:40:01

“We never anticipated a drop-off in the wind resource as we have witnessed over the past six months,” David Crane, chief executive of power producer NRG Energy, told analysts last month. The situation is likely to intensify into the first quarter of 2016 as the El Niño weather phenomenon holds back wind speeds around much of the US, according to Vaisala, a Helsinki-based weather measurement company. [ read more … ]

Wind-Power Producers Find Profits as Elusive as a Summer Breeze

By Jim Polson Brian K Sullivan Mark Chediak, Bloomberg News  •    •  Posted 2015-09-02 06:39:41

Power producers who invested billions in turbines are finding that making money off the wind can be as unpredictable as the energy source itself. NextEra Energy Inc., NRG Yield Inc. and Duke Energy Corp. all said a lack of sufficiently windy days cut into second-quarter sales. And neither power generators nor forecasters seem to know exactly why. [ read more … ]

The surprising way that birds and wind turbines can coexist

By Joby Warrick, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2015-09-02 06:40:21

The study examines the potential for peaceful co-existence between large raptors and rotors across Wyoming, a state with large numbers of eagles and a vast potential for wind-generated electricity. In the article, researchers Brad Fedy and Jason Tack compile data for hundreds of known eagle nesting sites and plots it against some of Wyoming’s most promising regions for wind farms. The exercise successfully identified “sweet spots,” places far removed from nesting grounds but directly in the path of prevailing winds that can keep turbines turning. [ read more … ]

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