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Editorial: Neb. should embrace renewables like its conservative peers

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Editorial: Neb. should embrace renewables like its conservative peers | Clean energy is pro-jobs, pro-environment, says E2 director | Report: Offshore wind can help US cut energy costs, pollution
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February 23, 2017
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Editorial: Neb. should embrace renewables like its conservative peers
The wind industry is thriving in Texas, Iowa, Kansas and other red states across the US, injecting billions of dollars into those states' economies, writes the editorial board of the Lincoln, Neb., Journal Star. Nebraska should follow their lead, as it is ranked 17th in the US in terms of installed wind capacity, but has vast wind resources, the board writes.
Lincoln Journal Star (Neb.) (tiered subscription model) (2/22) 
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Clean energy is pro-jobs, pro-environment, says E2 director
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt has it right; the US doesn't have to pick between pro-jobs and pro-energy or being pro-environment, writes Environmental Entrepreneurs Executive Director Bob Keefe. He argues that the clean energy industry, which already employs more than 3 million people in the US, is the solution the Trump administration is looking for. (2/23) 
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Report: Offshore wind can help US cut energy costs, pollution
The US could drive down electricity costs and reduce pollution by adding more installed offshore wind capacity instead of fossil fuels, according to researchers from the University of Delaware and Princeton University. "Wind power is a very good idea -- for people's health and their wallets," said Cristina Archer, an associate professor at the University of Delaware.
ScienceDaily (2/21) 
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Project Focus
Juhl orders GE equipment for Minn. hybrid project
Juhl Energy has ordered two 2.3-megawatt 116 turbines and 1-MW worth of solar equipment from GE Renewable Energy for a hybrid project in Minnesota, according to the companies. The project will likely begin operations in August. (U.K.) (2/22) 
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LM Wind plans new blade factory in France
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LM Wind Power said it has decided to build a new turbine blade factory in France. "This move recognizes the strategic growth of offshore wind energy in Europe and the emerging commercial opportunity for Cherbourg and the surrounding region," said Vice President for Offshore Alexis Crama. (U.K.) (2/23) 
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Economy, Energy & Trends
Shell eyes opportunities for offshore wind in UK, Europe, says exec
Royal Dutch Shell is seeking opportunities to build more offshore wind farms in the UK and across Europe, according to ‎UK Country Chairwoman Sinead Lynch. "We are looking long and hard at how we might build a business in offshore wind," she added.
Bloomberg (2/22) 
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Policy Watch
Report: 72% of Okla. voters oppose tax on wind energy
Seventy-two percent of registered voters in Oklahoma are opposed to a proposal from Gov. Mary Fallin that would place a 0.5-cent-per-kilowatt-hour tax on wind production, according to American Wind Action and WPA Research. The Oklahoma State Chamber has also objected to the proposal.
Tulsa World (Okla.) (2/23) 
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Okla. House panel to review bills seeking to end state PTC
The Oklahoma House Appropriations Committee is expected to hear a pair of bills seeking to end the state's production tax credit for renewables as early as next week, say observers. "The concept of capping these incentives sends a message to investors in all industries that if the state of Oklahoma offers you an incentive to invest in the state, beware," said Wind Coalition President Jeffrey Clark.
The Oklahoman (Oklahoma City) (2/23) 
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NPR: What does it take to land America's fastest growing job?
NPR recently took a look at what it's like to be a wind turbine technician, America's fastest growing occupation. How do you get the job? What's the day-to-day like? For answers, NPR interviewed Daniel Lutat, Director of Sustainable Resources and Technologies at Iowa Lakes Community College, home to one of the nation's leading wind tech programs. Read more.
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