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Iowa a national example in wind leadership, says AWEA's Hensley

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Iowa a national example in wind leadership, says AWEA's Hensley | Opinion: Renewables are mainstream enough to offset fossil fuels | Analysis: Wind offers a welcome revenue stream to rural farmers
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Iowa a national example in wind leadership, says AWEA's Hensley
Iowa, the first state in the US to source more than one-third of its total electricity from wind, is a national leader in wind development, writes American Wind Energy Association Manager of Industry Data and Analysis John Hensley. "By hitting an impressive new milestone, Iowa is showing the rest of the country what a wind-powered future looks like," he writes.
Quad-City Times (Davenport, Iowa) (11/7) 
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Opinion: Renewables are mainstream enough to offset fossil fuels
Renewable energy technology has advanced to the point where it is now considered a viable alternative to fossil fuel generation in the US, writes Edward Jepson Jr., an instructor at the University of Idaho. Citing a National Renewable Energy Laboratory report, Jepson argues that the US can make the switch by looking at renewable energy deployment as a local issue, and figuring out how much land mass each state or region must dedicate to renewables compared to their total energy usage.
The Idaho Statesman (Boise) (11/4) 
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Analysis: Wind offers a welcome revenue stream to rural farmers
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Wind leases provide many rural farmers with a much-needed source of revenue, especially during a time when commodity prices are plummeting, according to this analysis. With livestock prices so low, "I'd take turbines any day," Nebraska farmer Steve Brockhaus. Bloomberg New Energy Finance North American Wind Energy Analyst Alex Morgan said the industry could provide rural farmers with up to $900 million per year in land leases by 2030.
Omaha World-Herald (Neb.) (11/7) 
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Project Focus
Black Hills acquires 60-MW wind farm in Colo.
Black Hills Energy has finalized its acquisition of the 60-megawatt Peak View project in Colorado for $109 million, said the company. The project is slated to begin operations today. (U.K.) (11/7) 
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Mainstream to invest $2.2B in Vietnamese wind industry
Mainstream Renewable Power will spend more than $2.2 billion to build three wind farms in Vietnam that have a combined capacity of 940 megawatts, according to the company. Mainstream said it would work with GE Energy Financial Services and local company Phu Cuong on the largest of the three, which would have a total capacity of 800 MW.
Reuters (11/7) 
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Policy Watch
Opinion: Trump falsely claims clean energy funding cuts would save $100B
Bloomberg BNA recently debunked claims made by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump that ending all funding for clean energy research and development and anything else related to climate change would save the nation $100 billion over an eight-year period, writes Joe Romm. The Trump campaign said it did not have a specific tally for the claims made by Trump. (11/4) 
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EPA submits final model trading rule for CPP to White House
The Environmental Protection Agency has finalized its model trading rule for states to comply with its stayed Clean Power Plan and submitted it to the White House Office of Management and Budget to be reviewed. "Many states have asked EPA to move forward with our outreach and to continue providing support and developing tools related to the Clean Power Plan," it said.
The Hill (11/4) 
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Paris climate accord goes into effect
The Paris climate accord went into effect Friday. Under the nonbinding deal, the US has agreed to curb its carbon emissions between 26% and 28% by 2025.
The Hill (11/4) 
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Learn how to advocate for renewable energy on social media
These days, social media channels such as Facebook and Twitter are no longer just for connecting with friends -- they are critical tools for communicating good news about your business to the public, decision makers, influencers and potential customers. That's why the Wind Energy Foundation's A Renewable America campaign is hosting a webinar Tuesday, Nov. 8, at 3:30 Eastern time on advanced social media techniques. Read more.
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These stories were selected and summarized by independent editors at SmartBrief Inc., not by AWEA's staff, and do not represent AWEA positions. They reflect the variety of daily coverage of American wind power.
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