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Pa. House, Senate propose bills for 100% renewables by 2050

Wind Catcher project would benefit utility customers, says landowner | Opinion: Ind. could benefit from wind with right policies | Pa. House, Senate propose bills for 100% renewables by 2050
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April 19, 2018
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Wind Catcher project would benefit utility customers, says landowner
The Public Service Co. of Oklahoma's proposed Wind Catcher Energy Connection project would be a boon to PSO customers, saving residents more than $2 billion over the 25-year life of the project, said landowner Tim Hanvey. "Wind energy helps keep prices stable because there isn't any fuel cost, and prices are locked in for 25 years," he said.
The Oklahoman (Oklahoma City) (4/19) 
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Opinion: Ind. could benefit from wind with right policies
Opinion: Ind. could benefit from wind with right policies
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Technological advances are increasing wind generation and delivering a higher cost-savings -- benefits Indiana could take advantage of if it had the right policies in place, writes Kerwin Olson of the Citizens Action Coalition. "We highly encourage community leaders and elected officials in Cass and Miami counties to take a strong look at supporting the proposed project in this part of the state," he writes.
Kokomo Tribune (Ind.) (tiered subscription model) (4/19) 
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Pa. House, Senate propose bills for 100% renewables by 2050
Lawmakers in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and Senate have proposed a pair of identical bills that, if approved, would set the state on a path to 100% renewables by 2050. "Clean, renewable energy holds the key to promoting a healthier environment, a stronger economy and a brighter future for future generations," said state Sen. Charles McIlhinney.
StateImpact (4/18) 
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3 unions lend support to Mass. offshore wind farm
The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and two other construction industry unions confirmed their support for Orsted and Eversource's Bay State Wind offshore wind project on Wednesday. The groups said they'd reached deals with the duo to ensure the project directly benefits Massachusetts workers.
The Patriot Ledger (Quincy, Mass.)/State House News Service (4/18) 
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Wis. county aims to offset energy use with renewable power generation
Officials in Dane County, Wis., are aiming to offset the county's energy use and reduce emissions by increasing wind and solar power generation. The county is seeking partners to develop renewable power sources it can invest in.
WKOW-TV (Madison, Wis.) (4/18) 
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Utah wind farm to feature IIoT WeBoost technology
Longroad Energy has signed a deal with Massachusetts-based software company WindESCo to use its WeBoost industrial internet of things tool to optimize performance at its 145-megawatt Milford Wind Corridor 1 wind farm in Utah, according to the companies. "With this technology, we expect to increase revenues within a matter of months and see an immediate return on our investment," said Longroad co-founder and CEO Paul Gaynor.
North American Windpower online (4/17) 
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SWEPCO reaches La. settlement deal for 2-GW Wind Catcher project
Southwestern Electric Power Co. has reached a settlement agreement with the Louisiana Public Service Commission, Walmart and Sam's West to advance its proposed 2-gigawatt, $4.5 billion Wind Catcher Energy Connection in Louisiana. LPSC must officially approve the agreement, and approval is pending in Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma.
North American Windpower online (4/17) 
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Alliant Energy to add 1GW of new wind in Iowa
Alliant Energy to add 1GW of new wind in Iowa
The Iowa Utilities Board has approved Alliant Energy's plan to add 1 gigawatt of new wind farms to the state over the next two years. Alliant plans to have wind power account for about one-third of its energy capacity in Iowa by 2020.
ReNews (UK) (4/18) 
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Chinese city will use lottery system to approve wind farms
Officials in the Chinese city of Yanan plan to use a lottery system to determine which wind-power projects are approved for development this year. The plan aims to limit strain on the grid, which has not kept pace with new power sources.
Reuters (4/17) 
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