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Some of the fastest clean energy growth happening in red states

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Some of the fastest clean energy growth happening in red states | Energy innovation is important for national security, says military group | Statoil eyes floating offshore wind opportunities in US, Japan
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June 7, 2017
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Some of the fastest clean energy growth happening in red states
Renewable energy development is sweeping the US, but especially in traditionally red states, write Justin Gillis and Nadja Popovich. Iowa, Kansas, South Dakota, Oklahoma and North Dakota are the top five states in the US in terms of wind generation, and 69% of the nation's installed wind capacity is located in the states that supported President Donald Trump, they write.
The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (6/6) 
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Energy innovation is important for national security, says military group
The US must continue to show leadership in energy innovation because failing to do so could threaten national security, according to a report from the CNA Military Advisory Board, a group of retired generals and admirals. "As new energy options emerge to meet global demand, nations that lead stand to gain; should the U.S. sit on the sidelines, it does so at considerable risk to our national security," it said.
The Hill (6/6) 
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Statoil eyes floating offshore wind opportunities in US, Japan
Statoil is interested in developing floating offshore wind projects off the coast of the US and Japan, according to Statoil New Energy Solutions Executive Vice President Irene Rummelhoff. "We're looking to see if there's floating wind opportunities in California and Hawaii ... Japan is also a prime market for floating offshore wind," she said.
Reuters (6/6) 
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Project Focus
Pattern launches 324-MW Broadview project in Southwest US
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Pattern Energy has begun operations at its 324-megawatt Broadview wind farm in New Mexico featuring 141 Siemens 2.3-MW turbines, said the company. "Pattern Development is actively developing several significant opportunities in New Mexico and the Southwest US as part of the region's increasing demand for low-cost, renewable energy," said President and CEO Michael Garland.
ReNews (UK) (6/7) 
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Vestas wind turbines supply deals in Argentina, Greece
Vestas won orders from Genneia and Protergia to supply their respective projects in Argentina and Greece with turbines totaling 268 megawatts, according to the company. It added that both deals include 10-year service agreements.
ReNews (UK) (6/6) 
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Economy, Energy & Trends
Foreign utilities look to digital technologies
Energy powerhouses Enel of Italy and AGL Energy of Australia are focusing their clean-energy investments on digital technologies. The companies are specifically interested in software and hardware that make energy sources such as solar and wind more reliable or services and applications that enable them to adjust faster to the needs of retail and commercial customers.
GreenBiz (6/6) 
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Policy Watch
Farmers, wind industry urge S.D. county voters to ease wind rules
Farming and energy industry groups in South Dakota have joined forces to launch Farmers and Friends of Wind Energy, a committee dedicated to overturning turbine siting rules in Lincoln County, S.D., that they argue are detrimental to wind development. Lincoln County Farm Bureau President Sara Bovill said wind is an important source of revenue for landowners, adding that her family could receive up to $10,000 annually for hosting turbines.
Argus Leader (Sioux Falls, S.D.) (tiered subscription model) (6/7) 
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N.H. town asks governor to advocate for offshore wind development
The Durham, N.H., Town Council has advanced a resolution asking Gov. Chris Sununu to work with the US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management to advance offshore wind opportunities in the Gulf of Maine. "In spite of the change we've seen at the federal level, there is a lot we can do at the state and federal level and this is one concrete action we can do," said Durham Energy Committee Member Mary Downes.
Foster's Daily Democrat (Dover, N.H.) (free registration) (6/6) 
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China, Calif. agree to jointly develop green energy
Leaders of China and California signed an agreement to reduce greenhouse gases and develop renewable energy. After President Donald Trump pulled the US out of the Paris climate change accord, several cities and states formed the US Climate Alliance to implement the agreement without federal support.
Deutsche Welle (Germany)/Agence France-Presse/Deutsche Presse-Agentur/Reuters/The Associated Press (6/6) 
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Fort Hood uses wind power to protect mission readiness
Over the last few years, we've seen an increasing number of Fortune 500 companies and cities power more of their operations using wind energy. They often cite wind's low-cost, price stability and pollution-free qualities as driving factors. Now, a new player has entered the wind market: the US Army. Learn more.
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