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Dec 11, 2013 — California plans to get 33 percent of its electricity from wind and solar power by 2020. But that will only work if the state can economically store some of the energy for release on cloudy, windless days.
Dec 5, 2013 — Under the new plan, each federal agency would have until 2020 to get 20 percent of its power from renewable sources such as solar and wind.
Jun 28, 2013 — The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, or ARPA-E, backs energy technologies that are too risky for investors, but offer a potentially huge payoff — if they work. The agency has gambled on flywheels, compressed air energy storage, lithium-air batteries, even wind-energy kites.
Apr 9, 2013 — A U.S. Senate committee held a confirmation hearing for Ernest Moniz on Tuesday, who has been nominated to be the U.S. Energy Secretary. Moniz says he will retire from MIT, where he's a professor of physics and energy systems. He would advocate for the Obama administration's "all of the above" energy strategy, which calls for continued fossil fuels development and supports nuclear energy, wind and solar.
Jan 4, 2013 — Whether you're a homeowner who bought an energy-saving refrigerator last year or a company hoping to build a wind farm, the tax package Congress just approved may give you a reason to cheer.
 

Special Reports

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Life beneath the Tug Hill wind turbines
David Sommerstein talks with neighbors of the Maple Ridge windfarm on the Tug Hill Plateau to find out what it's like living with the new energy technology in your own back yard.
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Lifting giant windmills into the sky
Noble Environmental Power has is erecting 122 wind turbines in an energy park in western Clinton County. David Sommerstein was there as turbine #6 went up.

Checking One Wind Power Claim

Yesterday David Sommerstein reported on some of the claims by those who oppose industrial-sized wind farms. One in particular caught him attention. He spoke with Martha Foley about a wind farm in Illinois.  Go to full article
The Maple Ridge wind farm in Lewis County [source: Horizon Wind Energy]

Wind Offers Hope, Conflict in North Country

New York State has pledged to get 25% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2013. 18% already comes from hydropower. Experts say most of the remaining 7% will come from the wind. And the North Country is poised to play a prime role. 120 turbines are already spinning out power on the Tug Hill Plateau. Two companies have plans to erect hundreds of turbines in Clinton and Franklin counties. And more prospecting is underway from Cape Vincent to Chateaugay. Wind farms can evoke strong reactions, often for aesthetic reasons. But anti-wind groups in the region have a long list of negatives that go far beyond the view. David Sommerstein looks at the issues.  Go to full article

Wind Power Blowing Ahead on Wolfe Island

Harvesting wind for power has become one of northern New York's hottest, and more controversial, issues. The Maple Ridge wind farm is already spinning out up to 170 megawatts of electricity on the Tug Hill Plateau. Wind power proposals in Cape Vincent, Hopkinton, and Malone have brought out fervent supporters and critics. A Calgary-based company has plans to build an 86-turbine, $410 million wind farm on Wolfe Island. The big Canadian island at the far upstream end of the St. Lawrence River is perfectly situated to catch breezes off Lake Ontario. David Sommerstein spoke with Margaret Knott. She writes a column about Wolfe Island for the weekly Kingston Heritage newspaper. She says the island's 1300 year-round residents have been mostly supportive, but some opposition has surfaced recently.  Go to full article

Prospecting for Wind

Wind power is a small, but fast-growing segment of the US energy market. Right now, energy companies are scouring rural America for the best spots to put up wind turbines. ...  Go to full article
Turbine parts on a freighter near Clayton.

Wind Turbines New Horizon for Lewis County

The horizon on the Tug Hill Plateau has a new look. More than twenty soaring wind turbines now dot the landscape of Lewis County. Maple Ridge Wind Farms will be the largest...  Go to full article

Adk Conservation Group Opposes Johnsburg Wind Park

An influential conservation group has announced its opposition to a wind turbine farm in the town of Johnsburg. The Association for the Protection of the Adirondacks says...  Go to full article

Pataki Adminstration Urges Wind Farm Developers To Avoid Adk Park

The Pataki administration is urging wind power developers to look for sites outside the Adirondack Park. The message was delivered yesterday at a Park Agency meeting in Ray...  Go to full article
Wind developer Jim McAndrew

Wind Power Comes To Adirondack North Country, Raising Hopes & Fears

Two commercial wind farm projects are in the planning stages in the Adirondack Park. Other wind farms are moving forward in Franklin county, near Malone, and in Lewis county...  Go to full article
Author & activist Bill McKibben

Commentary: Wind Power A Necessary Evil & Symbol of Hope

If wind power projects go forward in the North Country, they will change the visual landscape for some of the most pristine areas in the Adirondack Park. Author and activist...  Go to full article

Harvesting the Wind: Up Close to the Turbines

Wind farms of huge turbines are springing up along coastlines, windy ridges and blustery farmland. Construction of one of the largest planned in the East is expected to...  Go to full article

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