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Wyo. lawmaker applauds training program to create wind jobs

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Opinion: S.D.'s future, economic prosperity lies in wind
Wind is a safe, clean energy source that is bolstering South Dakota's economy and helping rural families and farmers, despite a letter to the editor claiming otherwise, writes Christina Dexter, policy specialist at the South Dakota Farmers Union. "To move S.D. into the future, we must develop our economy and wind power is a promising avenue for this," she writes.
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Analysis: Renewables can meet US' electricity needs
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Technological innovation, falling costs and market forces have made renewables a mainstream energy source in the US and, with the right programs and policies, it could meet all of the country's electricity, transportation and industry energy needs, writes Carolyn Fortuna, citing a report from Environment America Research and Policy Center and Frontier. Environment New York Director Heather Leibowitz said, "We need to seize the moment and lean into a future powered by clean, renewable energy."
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Opinion: Clean energy is taking shape in Va. with Dominion project
Dominion Energy's proposed two-turbine offshore wind pilot in Virginia signals that the state's clean energy industry is finally taking shape, writes Connor Rockett of Environment America. "Emboldened by the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind project, Virginians must continue to demand that state leaders and energy providers push forward with renewable energy sources that are so critical for environmental progress," Rockett writes.
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MidAmerican Energy hosted an open house at the site of its Prairie Wind farm in Iowa on Saturday, giving visitors the opportunity to tour and learn more about its project. Communications Director Tina Potthoff said the event was a great opportunity to interact with the community and that the project has broad community support.
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GE Renewable wins turbine supply deal with Engie
GE Renewable Energy has won a contract to supply Engie with 24 3.8-megawatt and eight 3.4-MW turbines for it 119-MW Willogoleche project in South Australia, said the companies. "We are excited to be working with Engie on this project, and to continue our commitment to serving the energy needs of South Australia," said GE Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea CEO Geoff Culbert.
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Wyo. lawmaker applauds training program to create wind jobs
Wind is a growing force in Wyoming and the state is pleased to have Goldwind Americas' help training wind technicians, regardless of the company's origins, said state House Speaker Steve Harshman. "I think it's all about free markets, and I think we all support that," he said.
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Report: Clean energy policies added $9.1B to Calif. Inland Empire economy
Climate and clean energy policies generated $9.1 billion in direct economic growth and created 41,000 direct jobs in California's Inland Empire region between 2010 and 2016, according to nonprofit Next 10. "In total, the net impact in the region from the renewables portfolio standard exceeded $12.4 billion and helped boost the Inland Empire's competitive advantage in the renewables sector," said Green Economy Program Associate Director and lead author Betony Jones.
North American Windpower online (8/3) 
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BOEM issues final SEIS for Cape Wind offshore project
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has published its final supplemental environmental impact statement for Cape Wind's stalled 468-megawatt, 130-turbine offshore wind farm proposed off of Massachusetts. The report finds that the seafloor can support wind turbines.
North American Windpower online (8/4),  Cape Cod Times (Mass.) (tiered subscription model) (8/4) 
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The Trump administration has officially begun the process of exiting the Paris climate accord, according to the State Department. "The United States supports a balanced approach to climate policy that lowers emissions while promoting economic growth and ensuring energy security," it said.
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