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    Getting transmission right

    As Congress moves closer to passing transmission legislation to facilitate a green power superhighway, critics are coming out of the woodwork. We'll try to answer them here on this blog. A New York Times op-ed recently argued against building a new, high capacity transmission system–the green power superhighway–on the grounds that it...

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    Maryland's Dan's Mountain project moves closer to approval

    Word comes from Baltimore today that the Maryland Public Service Commission acted to grant the Dan's Mountain WindForce project fast track status through the review process, if certain conditions are met. The project, in the far western part of the state in Allegany Country, would be the first major wind farm in...

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    Wind and jobs continue growing in Midwest

    What's a wind industry “supply chain?” To find out, you'll have to go to Appleton Wisconsin March 31. And say hello to Gov. Jim Doyle while you are there. Manufacturing related to the wind industry–that's the supply chain–has become a bright spot in the middle of the recession-darkened economy. Over 8,000 components...

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    Report from renewable energy conference in Las Vegas

    As many as 4000 attendees yesterday packed the keynote session at the sixth annual "Renewable Energy World" conference & expo in Las Vegas, the largest all-renewables trade show in the U.S. They heard from AWEA CEO Denise Bode, as well as the heads of the trade associations representing solar, hydroelectric, renewable fuels,...

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    New transmission legislation offered

    The legislative docket is getting filled out. Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.), chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, has introduced his own transmission legislation. It becomes the second major transmission vehicle in the Senate; last week, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) introduced his own bill. The Bingaman and Reid bills...

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    Small wind catching the spotlight

    Now that small wind is catching up in economic incentives from the federal government, it is become more popular, and more visible. Watch this CNN story that includes a shot of AWEA's Ron Stimmel, who directs the association's small wind program.  

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    Senate Leader Reid introduces transmission legislation

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) today introduced legislation that would facilitate the approval, siting and financing of the green power superhighway. It is the first step in what will be a complicated legislative journey. Congress is also set to consider legislation establishing a national renewable electricity standard (RES) and also may...

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    Oklahoma Gas & Electric uses wind to hold off on fossil fuel

    Oklahoma Gas & Electric (OG&E) told the Oklahoma Corporation Commission (OCC) that the utility planned to use wind power as part of a strategy to defer all new fossil-fired generation facilities until 2020. "OG&E will continue its expansion of wind energy with the development of 700 MW of new wind energy,” Jesse...

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