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January 23, 2012

Maryland’s O’Malley to unveil new approach to wind power

Michael Dresser  •  The Baltimore Sun  •  Posted 2012-01-23 12:14:08

Gov. Martin O’Malley is to unveil today a new approach to promoting offshore wind power that he hopes the General Assembly will find easier on consumers than last year’s plan. The new approach borrows ideas from a New Jersey bill signed by Republican Gov. Chris Christie, according to O’Malley administration sources. [ read more … ]

New DOE maps show wind energy potential in U.S.

Ronald D. White  •  Los Angeles Times  •  Posted 2012-01-23 12:14:28

The Department of Energy’s Wind Powering America program has released new maps of wind energy potential in the U.S. The maps, the first new ones in 19 years, are meant to serve as a resource for policymakers, state and local governments and anyone looking to invest in wind power sites or anyone trying to determine the best potential locations. [ read more … ]

Montana wind energy industry flying high

  •  KTVQ Billings  •  Posted 2012-01-23 12:14:52

Governor Brian Schweitzer says the state is now producing 395 megawatts of installed wind generation capacity. Just last week, the new 9.6 megawatt Gordon Butte wind farm went on-line near Martinsdale, and near Shelby, work is underway on Nature-Ener’s new 189 megawatt wind farm.
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MidAmerican buys Illinois wind farm project

Dan Piller  •  Des Moines Register  •  Posted 2012-01-23 12:15:16

MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company of Des Moines said it will buy the 81-megawatt Bishop Hill II wind project near Peoria, Ill., from Invenergy Wind LLC. This project, which currently is under construction., will use 50 General Electric 1.62-megawatt wind turbines. [ read more … ]

Colorado’s future in renewable energy dims after years of growth

Mark Jaffe  •  The Denver Post  •  Posted 2012-01-23 12:15:26

Since voters in 2004 passed Amendment 37 — which set a state renewable-energy standard — Colorado has built or committed to about 2.5 gigawatts of renewable generation. That’s enough energy to power between 500,000 and 650,000 homes, based on estimates from the wind and solar industries. The standard, however, is close to being met, and the future for renewable-energy incentives is uncertain. So, the question is: What is renewable energy’s future in Colorado? [ read more … ]

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