Latest Wind power News

Plans announced for what could be Idaho's largest wind farm

Mar. 20, 2020 4:02 PM EDT

SHOSHONE, Idaho (AP) — Project managers in Idaho have announced plans to build a wind farm in the Magic Valley that could break ground in 2022. The final cost and size for the Lava Ridge Wind Project is unknown, but managers estimate spending about $1 billion for a farm that could produce up to 1,000...

Developer to open hub to grow U.S. offshore wind industry

Feb. 29, 2020 7:57 AM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — An offshore wind developer is opening a hub in Providence that its executives hope will help accelerate the takeoff of the industry in the United States. Ørsted U.S. Offshore Wind, a division of the Denmark-based Ørsted, will launch its U.S. innovation hub in Providence on...

Dutch consortium unveils ambitious 'green' hydrogen plan

Feb. 27, 2020 8:44 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A Dutch consortium announced an ambitious plan Thursday to create “green” hydrogen using power from a huge offshore wind farm that has yet to be built. The “NortH2” proposal by the Dutch arm of energy giant Shell, gas company Gasunie and Groningen...

In this Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020 photo, heavy equipment is used to prep for work on the Western Spirit Transmission Line in Bosque, N.M. Critics fear the project's huge towers and miles of high-voltage lines will spoil their rural quality of life by obstructing pristine vistas, impacting wildlife and undermining tourism-related income and property values.   (Adolphe Pierre-Louis/The Albuquerque Journal via AP)

New Mexico counties, rural residents fight transmission line

Feb. 23, 2020 11:10 AM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Officials in Two New Mexico counties and rural residents are standing up against a proposed transmission line that would connect the potential for more wind farms with markets in other western states. The five-member Valencia County Commission voted unanimously in January to...

Last smokestack demolished at former coal-fired power plant

Feb. 22, 2020 3:52 PM EST

SOMERSET, Mass. (AP) — The single remaining smokestack at Massachusetts' last coal-fired power plant has been demolished. A controlled implosion brought down the 500-foot (152-meter) smokestack in seconds at the former Brayton Point power plant in Somerset on Saturday morning. WJAR-TV captured photos and...

Hawaiian Electric renewable energy use increased last year

Feb. 14, 2020 9:46 AM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaiian Electric's use of renewable energy in 2019 increased over 2018 despite the unavailability of geothermal energy production on the Big Island and significantly lower wind energy production, the company said. Hawaiian Electric said energy generated by renewable resources increased by...

Timeline for proposed wind farm off New England pushed back

Feb. 12, 2020 4:01 PM EST

The target operation date for a proposed wind farm off the coast of New England was pushed back because of permitting delays, the company behind the project said. Vineyard Wind said Tuesday that it had received word from the Department of Interior that the final environmental impact study for the 84-turbine,...

Coal shipping in Twin Ports drops while wind cargo surges

Feb. 11, 2020 1:37 PM EST

SUPERIOR, Wis. (AP) — The Twin Ports of Duluth-Superior recorded its lowest level of coal cargo in three decades during the 2019 shipping season, but says it handled a record amount of freight carrying components used for generating wind power. The decline comes as demand for renewable energy sent a record...