Category: Wind Energy

Rep. Cole part of bipartisan bill to extend distributed wind credit

    Oklahoma Rep. Tom Cole joined Oregon Democrat Rep. Earl Blumenauer on Friday in introducing a bill to extend the small wind investment tax credit. Their  Rural Wind Energy Modernization and Extension Act would nix the existing 100-kilowatt nameplate limitation for small wind systems and expand the maximum wind turbine size to 10 megawatts. The …

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Iowa wind turbines under inspection by MidAmerican after second blade loss

  MidAmerican Energy is inspecting more than 40 wind turbines after the second case of a blade coming off a turbine at a wind farm in Iowa. MidAmerican spokesman Geoff Greenwood says the latest blade issue happened last week. “Our technician at the Beaver Creek Wind Farm noticed an anomaly with one of the wind …

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Wind energy degree at Texas Tech one of a kind

  With the growth in renewable sources of energy, a degree program in wind energy at Texas Tech University takes on more importance. Tech is the only school in the U.S. to offer an entire degree plan around wind energy. Other schools, including Canadian Valley Tech at El Reno offer courses in wind energy maintenance. …

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Alliant tops 1GW of wind in Iowa

  Alliant Energy has topped 1GW of wind energy in the US state of Iowa with the completion of the 130MW Richland wind farm in Sac County. The company said the 1GW goal has been reached several months ahead of schedule and within budget according to a report by ReNews.BIZ. Richland is among five wind …

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Xcel Energy’s 229-turbine wind farm in eastern Colorado begins operations

Xcel Energy-Colorado has completed construction of the 500-megawatt Cheyenne Ridge wind farm on the Eastern Plains of Colorado. The Denver Post reported the 229-turbine facility in Cheyenne and Kit Carson counties near I-70 in eastern Colorado will provide enough energy to power about 270,000 homes, Xcel Energy said in a statement Wednesday. The project, owned …

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Senator Lankford and others target elimination of wind tax credit

  Oklahoma U.S. Sen. James Lankford and three other Senators as well as a Texas Congressman contend the federal production tax credit for energy renewables should be eliminated and phased out. They suggest it’s time to sunset the credit for wind power. Lankford as well as Kevin Cramer (R-ND), John Hoeven (R-ND) and Shelley Moore …

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Wyoming legislators move to eliminate wind farm tax credit

  A Wyoming legislative committee pulled a surprise last Friday and narrowly approved a bill proposing to eliminate a tax credit for new wind energy projects in the state. The Casper Star Tribune reported the issue was not on the agenda and was a surprise to observers. The bill would increase the tax burden on …

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Judge dismisses wind farm developer’s lawsuit in Hutchinson, Kansas

  A Reno County District Court judge in south central Kansas has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a wind farm developer embroiled in a legal fight to build the Pretty Prairie Wind farm near Hutchinson. The dismissal came after developer Pretty Prairie Wind LLC, a subsidiary of NextEra Energy filed a motion to dismiss the …

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Sen. Lankford says wind industry no longer needs tax credits

  U.S. Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., called for an end to tax credits for the wind industry during a visit to the Enid News & Eagle Tuesday afternoon. Lankford expressed support for wind energy, but said the time has come to remove production tax credits for the industry.  “I don’t have a problem with wind …

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Chinese-backed wind project sparks Texas border brawl

  A political battle is underway over a wind farm development at the Texas border with Mexico. Some of it is  because the Blue Hills Wind project that could bring more than 40 wind turbines to Val Verde County is backed by the Chinese. Some believe its future is in doubt because of the Trump …

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