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November 23, 2015

Amazon to build wind farm in NW Ohio

By Mark Williams & Dan Gearino, Columbus Disptach  •    •  Posted 2015-11-23 04:40:15

Amazon is making another big investment in Ohio. A day after officially releasing its plan to build two massive distribution centers in central Ohio that will employ 2,000, the Internet giant said on Thursday that it will develop a wind farm in Paulding County in northwestern Ohio that is to begin generating electricity in May 2017. The wind farm will supply power to Amazon’s rapidly developing data-center business, including its plans for three data centers that it is building in central Ohio at a cost of $1.1 billion. [ read more … ]

Warren Buffett Gives A Gigantic Concrete Wind Turbine Tower To Iowa

By Tina Casey, CleanTechnica  •    •  Posted 2015-11-23 04:40:39

It’s not often that we get a chance to combine Warren Buffett with the topic of concrete wind turbine towers, so we pricked up our ears earlier this week when the legendary investor’s MidAmerican Energy Company announced that its new Iowa wind farm will include a 2.3 megawatt wind turbine perched atop a tower made of concrete. At 377 feet from ground to hub, the tower will top most conventional, steel-tube towers by more than 100 feet, easily making it the tallest in the US. [ read more … ]

Buffett’s Grandson Seeks Own Investment Route: Social Change

By DAVID GELLES, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2015-11-25 06:46:40

“Howard is on a search to find where he can have the most impact,” said William B. Eimicke, a professor at Columbia University who taught Mr. Buffett, and now teaches a class jointly with him. “This is an actualization of where he’s been focused.” For Mr. Buffett, the hope is that i(x) will essentially become a baby Berkshire Hathaway with a conscience. “We’re looking at the long-term horizon and investments that are doing more than avoiding bad, but are actually trying to improve the world,” Mr. Buffett said. “It’s about taking the potential for capitalism to the next level.” [ read more … ]

Ramp-up in U.S. is ‘economically viable’ — NREL report

Christa Marshall, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-11-23 04:39:06

A major increase in renewable power is “economically viable” in many parts of the United States when the social cost of carbon is taken into account, according to a new report from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. The analysis concludes that there is an economic potential for an additional 820 terrawatt-hours of renewable generation beyond what exists now, or the approximate equivalent of 20 percent of the current annual U.S. output of electricity. NREL said the report presents a first-ever method for measuring whether many U.S. renewables are economically viable, outside of their technical potential. [ read more … ]

La. regulators signal halt to net metering as saga continues

Edward Klump, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-11-23 04:39:32

Louisiana regulators, in the latest flashpoint of a smoldering debate on residential solar, backed a view yesterday that three electric cooperatives have surpassed a threshold to halt expansion of retail net metering under state rules. The 3-2 vote by the Louisiana Public Service Commission (PSC) validated the position taken by its staff in a review of calculations related to Northeast Louisiana Power Cooperative Inc., Panola-Harrison Electric Cooperative Inc. and Washington-St. Tammany Electric Cooperative Inc. [ read more … ]

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