Category: Wind Energy

Wind power growth seen in Oklahoma and Texas

  When it comes to growth in wind power, Oklahoma and Texas could be on their way to creating a record-breaking year across the U.S. A report by Renewables Now indicated Texas still had the most wind turbine capacity of all states with 29.1 GW in place as of August this year. The state is …

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Wind turbine maker closes Colorado plant

  A northern Colorado manufacturer of composite materials for wind turbines shut down operations this month. Hexcel Corp. closed the plant in Windsor and the impact of COVID-19 might have played a role. The Greeley Tribune reported the announcement came as nationwide wind turbine sales dropped more than 40%. Click here for the Greeley Tribune …

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Oklahoma and 3 other top wind power states supported Trump, not Biden

  Environmentalists and advocates of renewable energy usually have the support of Democrat voters in the U.S. but that wasn’t the case this week when it came to voting for President. Wind Power Monthly reported Oklahoma along with Texas, Iowa and Kansas—the top four U.S. states for wind power capacity case their majority votes for President …

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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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