Category: Wind Energy

County commissioner faces recall in Kansas wind-farm battle

  A battle over a proposed southeast Kansas wind farm has a Labette County commissioner fighting for his job. His determined opponents may have accomplished the rare feat of getting legal permission and gathering enough signatures to put a recall to a vote. The technical justification that gives proponents a foot in the recall door …

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Sandia uncovers hidden factors affecting solar farms during severe weather

  Sandia National Laboratories researchers combined large sets of real-world solar data and advanced machine learning to study the impacts of severe weather on U.S. solar farms, and sort out what factors affect energy generation. Their results were published earlier this month in the scientific journal Applied Energy. Hurricanes, blizzards, hailstorms and wildfires all pose risks …

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Fraud and lies weren’t intentional in Arkansas wind farm scam

One of the two men charged with fraud in a northwest Arkansas wind farm scam testified this week the lies he told were not intentional. The claim came from Jody Davis, CEO of the company who according to the Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette tried to shift blame to others for bilking investors out of hundreds …

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Prosecutors rest in Arkansas wind farm scam trial

  Arkansas prosecutors rested this week after presenting their case against two men charged with defrauding investors in a failed wind farm deal. The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported prosecutors showed how money moved through bank accounts and was ultimately spent by Jody Davis and Phillip Vincent Rirdings.   Click here for Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Train power meets wind power

  A trucker hauling a giant wind turbine blade escaped injury after his rig was caught at a railroad crossing and ended up being struck by a train in Luling, Texas. Click here for Auto Blog.

Huge wind project close to completion in East Central New Mexico

  A mammoth wind project in east central New Mexico is nearing completion upon which time wind-power will provide electricity for California markets. Pattern Energy’s Western Spirit project should be fully operational in December and include not only four wind farms but a transmission line that will be one of the largest such projects to …

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Nebraska power district can’t pull plug on wind farm agreements

  A two year old fight over the efforts of the Nebraska Public Power District to cancel power purchase agreements with four wind farms in the state led to a federal appeals court ruling against the District this week. The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a federal judge’s order that originally blocked the Power …

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Wind farm fraud trial underway in Arkansas

    A string of unpaid bills and broken promises. It was the testimony in the federal fraud trial of two men accused of deceiving investors in a wind farm they promised to build in northwest Arkansas. Their trial began this week in Fayetteville according to the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Click here for Democrat-Gazette.

Kansas and Texas workers to be part of building first off-shore wind substation

  The impact of the first American-built offshore wind substation to serve New York’s Long Island stretches from Kansas to Texas. In partnering for the South Fork Wind project, Orsted and Eversource announced work has started on the project. The two firms chose Omaha, Nebraska-based Kiewit Offshore Services, the largest offshore fabricator in the nation …

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Energy news in brief

** The Minnesota Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to hear an appeal by opponents of Enbridge Energy’s Line 3 oil pipeline, letting stand a key decision by independent regulators to allow construction on the project to proceed. ** North Dakota’s attorney general files a motion seeking to resume oil and gas leasing on public lands. **  U.S. Energy Storage Association …

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