Category: Wind Energy

Construction begins on mega-wind farm in eastern New Mexico

  Minneapolis-based Xcel Energy has poured the first 66 foundations for what will be a 240-turbine wind farm southeast of Portales, New Mexico with a capacity of 522 megawatts. Xcel is the primary electricity provider in six Eastern New Mexico counties that include the cities of Roswell, Clovis, Hobbs and Carlsbad. The Sagamore wind farm …

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Nebraska wind project runs into opposition by residents

  After listening to opponents of a proposed wind farm in northeast Nebraska, one county is considering restrictions on the wind project including half-mile setbacks. It’s in Burt County where planning commissioners recently heard opposition to the possible construction of 86 turbines by Con Edison. Some of the turbines would be as tall as 650 …

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Proposed wind ban urged at St. Joseph, Missouri

  When a County Planning and Zoning Commission in St. Joseph, Missouri recently voted in support of a proposed total commercial ban on wind energy, the crowd in attendance stood and applauded. Now Buchanan County Commissioners will consider the proposal and Presiding Commissioner Lee Sawyer said that the commissioners have three options: to pass the …

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AEP banks on Oklahoma wind project to meet earnings projections

  A massive wind farm project in Oklahoma could be critical to American Electric Power’s expectations of 5% to 7% earnings growth through 2024. The North Central Wind project, a proposed operation of three wind farms capable of producing 1,485 MW of electrical power for Public Service Company of Oklahoma is still in regulatory limbo. …

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Central Iowa could be next Apex Energy wind farm site

Apex Clean Energy, a company with 8 wind farms in Oklahoma is setting its sights for a new wind farm to be built in central Iowa. Might be later this year or in early 2021 when Apex hopes to being construction on the Great Pathfinder Wind Project in Iowa’s Boone County. “A wind farm will …

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PSO’s wind power agreement copied in Wisconsin

Public Service Company of Oklahoma isn’t the only big utility to reach agreement and become part-owner of some Invenergy wind farms. WEC Energy Group based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin has announced it will increase its ownership interest from 80% to 90% in three Midwest wind farms run by Invenergy. But the total investment is only $118 …

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A possible solution of how to dispose of retired wind turbine blades

  The issue of old wind turbine blades and how to dispose of them is becoming a growing challenge for the wind industry, as well as states. As we’ve reported recently, the state of Wyoming is considering a ban of disposing the blades in landfills. E & E news reports one company in Iowa has …

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Wind turbine database is available

Take a look at the above picture. It’s what the wind farm locations look like in Oklahoma and Texas according to the newest wind turbine database released by a number of federal agencies. The United States Wind Turbine Database (USWTDB) provides the locations of land-based and offshore wind turbines in the United States, corresponding wind …

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Wyoming to consider banning disposal of old wind turbine blades

There’s growing concern in the Wyoming House of Representatives about the disposal of old and outdated wind turbine blades. The House voted this week to introduce a bill to ban the disposal of the old blades in Wyoming. House Bill 217 would make it a misdemeanor to dispose of such blades in Wyoming and would impose …

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NextEra Energy prepares to resume wind farm fight in Kansas

NextEra Energy, the company that battled Oklahoma over its wind farms and interference with low-level military aircraft training in 2019 is facing another legal battle. But this one is in Kansas where it filed suit after being denied a conditional use permit for a commercial wind farm in Reno County. The Hutchinson News reported the …

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