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Xcel Energy Sees Expansion of Wind Assets Through Upper Midwest

Utility Dive: Xcel Energy wants to add 1,550 MW of wind energy to its system through a mixture of power purchase agreements and utility-owned projects that will increase the company’s wind portfolio 60% and provide power for more than 800,000. The investment, which Xcel first announced last year, should help the utility deliver more than […]

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A Record Quarter for Wind-Generation Expansion in the U.S.

Ashleigh Cotting for SNL: Wind saw its best fourth quarter since 2012, with 6,071 MW brought online, bringing the total for capacity installations during 2016 to 8,029 MW. A total of 1,089 MW of planned wind capacity was announced during the fourth quarter. The largest announced project was the Rockaway Peninsula Offshore Wind Project. The […]

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North Dakota Republicans Move to Block Wind Industry

John Hageman and Amy Dalrymple: The state Senate will consider a bill this week that would put a two-year moratorium on new wind development in North Dakota, a proposal that critics say unfairly targets one industry. The bill, which the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee voted to amend with the moratorium Friday prevents the […]

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A New Spot Record for Wind Generation: 52.1% Grid Penetration Across Central U.S.

Scott DiSavino for Reuters: Wind briefly powered more than 50 percent of electric demand on Sunday, the 14-state Southwest Power Pool (SPP) said, for the first time on any North American power grid. SPP coordinates the flow of electricity on the high voltage power lines from Montana and North Dakota to New Mexico, Texas and […]

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A Surging Wind Industry in North Dakota

April Baumgarten for the Bismark Tribune: The construction of the rail facility is just one indicator of the wind industry’s growth. The sector in the U.S. had its second-strongest quarter, and the American Wind Energy Association announced last Thursday that near-record growth made wind energy the largest source of renewable electric capacity in the U.S. […]

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More Tensions Over U.S. Pipelines

Will Connors for the Wall Street Journal: Protesters opposed to the Dakota Access Pipeline are gearing up for a new round of clashes after the inauguration of President Donald Trump. So are oil companies—and the private security firms they have hired to police the protests. Several hundred additional protesters arrived at the main protest campsite […]

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IEEFA Update: Wind Is Blowing Away Fossil-Generated Power in Middle America

IEEFA Update: Wind Is Blowing Away Fossil-Generated Power in Middle America

From Deep in the Heart of Texas to North Dakota, a Historic Shift in U.S. Electricity Production

Wind generation has grown by more than 11 million megawatt-hours (MWh) in just a year in the huge ERCOT market of Texas. The increase, which has driven wind’s share of generation to 48 million MWh in the first 11 months of 2016 from 36 million MWh in the first 11 months of 2015, has displaced […]

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IEEFA Update: More Weaknesses Seen in Companies Behind the Dakota Access Pipeline Project

A Proposed Sale Is Delayed, Developers’ Revenues Are Down, Credit Ratings Are Poor, and Cash Is in Short Supply

The closer one examines the financial position of the companies behind the Dakota Access Pipeline project, the weaker they look. We outlined some of the imminent deadline risk around the project in a report we published a few weeks ago (“The High-Risk Financing Behind the Dakota Access Pipeline”), noting how the developers are facing a […]

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On the Blogs: ‘Long Gone’ Are the Days When Energy Infrastructure Projects Went Unquestioned by Grassroots

Keith Schneider for CircleofBlue.org: Long gone is the time when energy companies could swoop into lightly populated regions to build big energy infrastructure projects. More people live in the places close to the unconventional oil and gas drilling fields in the rural West and East. Their daily commutes, backyards, and favorite wild places are disrupted […]

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Dakota Access Pipeline Developers Under Severe Financial Pressure

From The Economist: The developers are rushing to finish the construction of the controversial pipeline because they are under financial pressure, not because of a need for increased local pipeline capacity, argues Clark Williams-Derry of the Sightline Institute, an environmental-research institution. According to court documents oil drillers have the right to void their contracts with […]

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