Category: Wind Energy

Permian drillers depending more and more on wind farms for electricity

A bit of irony exists as the oil and gas industry finds itself dependent on wind and solar power to make sure the shale boom continues. It’s in West Texas where there is growing demand for electricity to power the drilling rigs. It wasn’t but a few years ago, at least in Oklahoma, where the …

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Kansas continues to exceed renewable energy goal

With $11 billion in wind energy in the past decade, the state of Kansas has topped its Renewable Energy Standard goal by 16.5 percent in the past year. KSNT TV reports the goal was to have 20 percent of an industry’s demand generated by renewable energy and in the past ten years, the state has …

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Wind farm operations for ALLETE show loss in 3Q

ALLETE, Inc. the Minnesota-based energy company that owns a wind farm operation in southern Oklahoma, reported third quarter 2019 earnings of 60 cents a share on net income of $31.2 million. The results compared to 59 cents a share a year ago on net income of $30.7 million. However, wind farm operations showed a loss …

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Annual spending by wind industry to increase 50% in next 10 years in US

United States wind operations and maintenance annual spending is expected to increase to more than $7.5 billion by 2030, a 50% increase above 2018 spending, according to a new report by IHS Markit , a world leader in critical information, analytics and solutions. According to the IHS Markit 2019 Wind Power Plant Benchmarking in North America: …

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Nebraska encourages more wind and solar development

Those attending the Nebraska Wind and Solar Conference and Exhibition this week were told the state has much more potential to increase its production of wind-powered electricity. “There’s a lot of upside potential in our state because we have tremendous wind and solar resources,” John Hansen, president of the Nebraska Farmers Union, told attendees at …

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Military wants to curtail wind farm growth around nuclear missile sites

Months after Oklahoma settled issues with wind farm developers to prevent construction too close to military installations, now the military wants five other states to adopt similar rules. But this time, the rules would prevent wind turbines close to nuclear missile arsenals. The Associated Press reported the military wants to prevent conflicts between the wind …

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Residents fight proposed wind farm in Kansas Flint Hills

  Residents in one south central Kansas county are fighting a proposed wind farm, claiming they were never notified of zoning changes or updates on the project. The fight is underway in Marion County which is in the scenic Flint Hills of the state. Click here to read story from KSNW.

SE Nebraska residents want bigger setbacks for wind turbines

Oil and gas wells aren’t the only things that some residents don’t want near their homes and businesses. In Nebraska, homeowners are fighting in one county for setbacks of wind towers. The fight is taking place in southeast Nebraska’s Gage County where the County Board of Supervisors is considering a request for expanded setbacks. The …

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New Mexico to get another wind farm

A fourth wind farm could be coming to New Mexico’s Torrance County whose northern reaches include Interstate 40. Torrance County commissioners are expected to approve an industrial revenue bond next month to fund the county’s fourth wind farm, La Joya 2, west of Encino. “There is a lot of wind here,” Torrance County manager Wayne …

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Bergey WindPower lands DOE grant

Bergey WindPower of Norman is one of 13 companies and groups to share in $28 million dollars in wind energy grants from the U.S. Department of Energy. Bergey will develop a standardized distributed wind/battery/generator micro-grid system that rural utilities can provide to rural homes and businesses to deliver resilience, energy savings and reliable power, according …

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