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Neb. utility to source 40% of its electricity from wind by end of 2019

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Opinion: Proposed Energy Dept. budget would hinder clean energy, wind included | Farm, wind advocates continue to rally against S.D. turbine siting rule | Analysis: Berkshire Hathaway's Oncor buy could advance wind
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Opinion: Proposed Energy Dept. budget would hinder clean energy, wind included
The proposed Energy Department budget for fiscal 2018 "would hinder not just wind and solar power advances, but a whole range of clean energy and [clean tech] innovations the nation needs to stay competitive, secure and prepared in a rapidly changing world," writes Emily Reichert, CEO of Greentown Labs. The proposed budget would cut the Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Office's spending by more than 70%.
Morning Consult (7/14) 
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Farm, wind advocates continue to rally against S.D. turbine siting rule
Farmers and Friends For Wind continues to rally against a new rule under consideration in Lincoln County, S.D., that would require turbines to be setback at least half a mile from residential properties. "In the future, Lincoln County landowners will have almost no ability to use their land for wind towers since the new setback limits prohibit wind towers on almost all of the land in Lincoln County," it said.
North American Windpower online (7/13) 
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Analysis: Berkshire Hathaway's Oncor buy could advance wind
Berkshire Hathaway Energy may advance its goal of spending $30 billion on renewables through its acquisition of Oncor Electric Delivery -- Texas' largest transmission company, writes Mitchell Schnurman. Berkshire currently controls wind and solar projects in Texas and seven other states.
The Dallas Morning News (tiered subscription model) (7/14) 
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Project Focus
NextEra acquires rights to build Ore. wind farm
NextEra Energy has acquired the rights to build the 292-turbine Wheatridge Wind Energy Facility in Oregon's Umatilla and Morrow counties from Swaggart Wind Power, said the company. The project "will create tremendous economic opportunities for the region as well as bring more low-cost, emission-free energy to Oregon," said a NextEra spokesperson.
East Oregonian (Pendleton, Ore.) (7/13) 
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N.D. wind farms begin implementing aircraft detection lighting bill
New and existing wind farms in North Dakota are required to install aircraft detection lighting systems in all turbines following the April passage of a bill calling for the changes. Wind on the Wires Regional Policy Manager Chris Kunkle said that developers will be able to incorporate the expense into the cost of future projects, but that retrofitting exiting wind farms could be very costly.
North American Windpower online (7/13) 
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EDF Renewables acquires 11 projects in Scotland
Asset management firm Partnerships for Renewables has sold 11 wind farms with a combined capacity of 600 megawatts in Scotland to EDF Energy Renewables, the companies said. "This deal underlines our ambitions to develop our business further and to expand the number of wind farm projects we are developing," said EDF CEO Matthieu Hue.
CNBC (7/13) 
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Neb. utility to source 40% of its electricity from wind by end of 2019
Neb. utility to source 40% of its electricity from wind by end of 2019
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The Omaha Public Power District will source about 40% of its electricity from wind once NextEra Energy Resources' 160-megawatt project in Wayne County, Neb., begins operations by the end of 2019, said OPPD President and CEO Tim Burke. "We're not only diversifying our wind generation across the region but diversifying across different developers, as well," he added.
Omaha World-Herald (Neb.) (7/14) 
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Opinion: Lincoln County, S.D., voters must reject new setback rule
Voters in Lincoln County, S.D., must reject a new setback standard for turbines when the issue is put to a public vote Tuesday, writes Nick Sershen. He argues that wind brings many benefits, including cost-effective, sustainable energy and $25 million in tax revenue.
Argus Leader (Sioux Falls, S.D.) (tiered subscription model) (7/13) 
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Policy Watch
Ind. legislative committee plans comprehensive wind review
The Indiana legislature's Interim Study Committee on Energy, Utilities and Telecommunication will launch an in-depth study into wind development, health effects and other aspects of construction this summer, according to state lawmakers.
News-Examiner (Connersville, Ind.) (7/14) 
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Trump hints at reopening Paris climate accord
President Donald Trump has hinted during a visit to France there might be a way for the US to participate in the Paris climate change agreement. Trump said during a news conference with French President Emmanuel Macron: "Something could happen with respect to the Paris accord; we'll see what happens."
Newsweek (7/13),  The Independent (London) (tiered subscription model) (7/13),  Politico Pro (subscription required) (7/13) 
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When wind turbines move to town -- How do rural communities benefit?
Rural areas already are home to 99% of the country's wind turbines, with more on the way. Building a wind farm can be a big change for a small town; benefits include job creation; economic development; increased tax revenue and/or lower taxes for individuals; landowner lease payments; and funding for community projects. Read more.
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