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Kiernan: Wind energy is vital to rural economies

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Kiernan: Wind energy is vital to rural economies
Wind energy is widely supported among Americans, and it provides a boost to rural American economies, writes American Wind Energy Association CEO Tom Kiernan. "Farmers and ranchers get $245 million a year in lease payments for hosting turbines, and wind has attracted more than $140 billion of private investment in the last decade," he writes.
Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (3/3) 
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Plans approved for first commercial wind farm in Va.
Apex Clean Energy will build 25 turbines atop a ridgeline in Botetourt County, Va., after state environmental regulators gave their approval for a commercial wind farm. The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality ruled that the turbines would not pose an undue risk to wildlife -- with one exception, and wants Apex Clean Energy to turn the turbines off at night during the warmer parts of the year when bats are most active.
The Roanoke Times (Va.) (3/2) 
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Storms fuel Scotland's wind turbines
Strong winds from a storm in Scotland fueled a 43% increase in wind power in February compared to one year ago. Wind turbines sent enough energy to National Grid to supply more than half of Scotland's entire electricity needs for February.
CNBC (3/6) 
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Nova Scotia enjoys wind farm popularity amid community involvement
Community involvement during wind farm planning stages could be the key to winning local buy-in, according to a Canadian study published in a recent edition of the Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning. In addition to early community involvement, the study highlights success of projects that ensure nearby residents join in the benefit. (Canada)/The Canadian Press (3/5) 
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Opinion: Wind industry often outperforms government forecasts
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The Energy Information Administration consistently underestimates in its annual outlooks how much the wind energy industry will grow in terms of capacity, writes Dan Cohan of Rice University. The faulty predictions can lead to poor decisions by public policymakers and those who invest in the industry, he writes.
The Hill (3/6) 
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Green funds see boost in investment
Investors are putting their money toward environmentally-conscious funds, in what analysts say is a response to the election of President Donald Trump. "If clients see the federal government withdrawing from a space they think is important, they may actually be more active in wanting to enforce their views through the dollars allocated," said Standish Mellon Asset Management Chief Economist Vincent Reinhart.
Reuters (3/6) 
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Policy Watch
Editorial: N.D. bill threatens wind projects
North Dakota might lose out on a number of economically beneficial wind projects if the state passes a bill tightening regulations over the industry, the editorial board of the Jamestown Sun writes. The bill, which was passed by the state Senate last month, should be defeated, as the royalties and taxes paid by the wind energy industry are vital to the state, the board writes.
Jamestown Sun (N.D.) (3/3) 
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US wind generation reached 5.5% of the grid in 2016
Iowa, South Dakota, Kansas, Oklahoma and North Dakota all sourced more than 20% of their electricity generation from wind power during 2016, according to new data from the Energy Information Administration. It shows wind supplied over 5.5% of electricity nationwide, up from 4.7% in 2015. Read more.
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