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Hawaiian Electric sourced 26% of its total electricity from renewables in 2016

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Opinion: Wind is a pollution-free energy source that improves American health | Innogy CEO: Cost will be a major factor for future wind investments | Benefits of wind outweigh the risks, says observer
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Opinion: Wind is a pollution-free energy source that improves American health
Wind is an excellent option for electrical generation because it's pollution-free, improves air quality and water resources and is good for American health, writes Isak Kvam, a communications and policy associate at Wind on the Wires. "We look forward to enjoying the benefits of cleaner air and more water savings as wind power continues to grow," Kvam writes.
Morning Consult (4/21) 
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Innogy CEO: Cost will be a major factor for future wind investments
Cost will be a major consideration for Innogy as it considers future projects and decides whether to make investment decisions, said CEO Peter Terium. "We carefully weigh up each one and invest only when it is economically viable for us," he said.
Reuters (4/24) 
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Benefits of wind outweigh the risks, says observer
The benefits of wind, such as its ability to curb greenhouse gas emissions that threaten wildlife populations, outweigh its potential risks, such as harming some birds in the process of operations, writes Terry Hansen of Oak Creek, Wis. "The National Audubon Society 'strongly supports properly sited wind power,' as a way to address climate change," Hansen writes.
Santa Cruz Sentinel (Calif.) (4/21) 
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Acciona prepares to introduce new 3-MW machine
Acciona Windpower is preparing to introduce a new 3-megawatt AW125/3000 turbine that the company says was specifically designed for the Indian market. It added that the machines would have the largest capacity in the current Indian market. (U.K.) (4/21) 
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Ailes Marines secures approval for offshore wind farm in France
French wind firm Ailes Marines has secured approval for its proposed Saint-Brieuc offshore wind farm off the coast of Brittany, France, and is moving toward the construction phase, said the company. It added that the project is poised to become one of France's first operational commercial-scale offshore wind farms.
CleanTechnica (4/21) 
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Opinion: Nev. residents should turn their can-do attitude to renewables
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Nevadans should channel their famous can-do attitude and positive energy into energy production, such as embracing wind and other renewables, writes state Assembly Energy Subcommittee Chairman Chris Brooks. "The Nevada solar, geothermal and wind industries already employ well over 8,000 workers, and with the right policies in place that number will only grow," he writes.
Las Vegas Sun (4/21) 
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Hawaiian Electric sourced 26% of its total electricity from renewables in 2016
Hawaiian Electric and its companies sourced 26% of their total electricity from renewables in 2016, said the utility in celebration of Earth Day. It said wind accounted for 29% of that total.
The Charlotte Observer (N.C.)/The Associated Press (4/21) 
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Thanks to renewables, natural gas, UK went a whole day without coal
The UK went without coal-fired generation for an entire 24-hour period on Friday -- marking the first day such a phenomena has occurred since the 1880s, according to National Grid. The report said that the grid sourced 30% of its total electricity from renewables and interconnectors and more than 50% from natural gas plants.
Bloomberg (4/21) 
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Energy Dept. website shifts focus from climate change to job creation
Updated language on the Department of Energy's website focuses on renewable energy sources' potential for job creation, rather than their ability to replace fossil fuels, according to a report from the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (4/21) 
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The fuel of tomorrow is literally on sale today
In a packed room full of reporters, industry reps, and wind workers, the American Wind Energy Association released its 2016 US Wind Energy Industry Annual Market Report last week at the State Capitol building in St. Paul, Minnesota. Resulting news coverage swept in thanks to the Washington Post, National Public Radio, Politico, Denver Post, Minnesota Star Tribune, local NBC, ABC and Fox news affiliates, and many more. Read more.
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