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Cyclists ride along the dyke in Emden, Germany, Wednesday, June 3, 2020. The German government wants to increase offshore wind power capacity five-fold by 2040 as part of its plan to wean the country off fossil fuels. Cabinet on Wednesday agreed a bill that would set a goal of 40 Gigawatts of installed offshore wind power capacity in 20 years, from about 7.5 Gigawatts at present. It also raised the target for 2030 from 15 Gigawatts to 20. (Sina Schuldt/dpa via AP)

Germany seeks 5-fold increase in offshore wind power by 2040

Jun. 3, 2020 7:36 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The German government wants to increase offshore wind power capacity five-fold by 2040 as part of its plan to wean the country off fossil fuels. The Cabinet on Wednesday agreed on a bill that would set a goal of 40 Gigawatts of installed offshore wind power capacity in 20 years, from about...

Editorial Roundup: Ohio

Jun. 1, 2020 4:27 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Ohio newspapers: Fixing our broken country will require all of us Akron Beacon Journal May 31 With cities on fire from coast to coast and nightly battles raging between police and protesters, it may seem like our country has descended into a dark and...

Regulations could stop Lake Erie wind farm from being built

May. 22, 2020 12:32 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Developers of a proposed six-turbine wind farm in Lake Erie said new restrictions placed on the project could sink it. The Ohio Power Siting Board on Thursday gave the approval needed to begin construction on what would be the first freshwater offshore wind farm in North America. But the...

Xcel Energy erects first turbines at New Mexico wind farm

May. 22, 2020 12:03 AM EDT

PORTALES, N.M. (AP) — The first few turbines that will make up Xcel Energy’s Sagamore Wind Project in eastern New Mexico have been erected, the utility announced Thursday. Company officials say construction crews have been able to stay on track and work safely over the past couple of months despite...

Construction starts in New Mexico on 35K acres for wind farm

May. 13, 2020 12:18 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Construction has started on 35,000 acres of state trust land for the La Joya Wind Farm in New Mexico’s Torrance County. The project about 10 miles (16 kilometers) west of the Village of Encino includes a mix of private and state trust land. Avangrid Renewables was awarded the...

Minnesota company to close North Dakota coal-fired plant

May. 7, 2020 5:43 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The company that operates the largest coal-fired power plant in North Dakota announced Thursday it will close the factory and replace most of its energy with new wind farms in Minnesota. Maple Grove, Minnesota-based Great River Energy said its Coal Creek Station near Underwood in...

Nearly 1,400 Tyson workers at 3 Iowa plants get coronavirus

May. 5, 2020 4:23 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Nearly 1,400 workers at three Tyson Foods pork processing plants in Iowa have tested positive for the coronavirus, the state reported Tuesday, as deaths surged to a new daily high and a testing backlog persisted. The Iowa Department of Public Health revealed for the first time that...

Vermont homeowner reaches settlement over wind project noise

May. 5, 2020 4:02 PM EDT

SHEFFIELD, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont homeowner has reached a settlement for a complaint he made about the noise coming from a wind project near his house. Paul Brouha filed a complaint in 2014 alleging that the turbines belonging to Vermont Wind, LLC created noise in his home that exceeded regulations, the...

The John Deere Electronic Solutions plant in Fargo, N.D., shown on Thursday, April 30, 2020, employs about 750 people and has remained open during the COVID-19 epidemic. A company spokeswoman says “one of the most impactful steps” they've taken is to assure employees they will be paid if they have symptoms of the virus, don’t feel well or believe they could have been exposed. The company offers products and services for agriculture, construction, forestry and turf care. (AP Photo/Dave Kolpack) (AP Photo/Dave Kolpack)

Grand Forks outbreak has other North Dakota plants on alert

May. 3, 2020 3:17 PM EDT

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A widespread outbreak of the coronavirus that has shuttered a wind turbine plant in northeastern North Dakota and initiated a massive contact tracing effort has led many of the state's largest manufacturers to review and relay their safety measures. No company wants to be the next LM...

Gen Nashimoto, of Luminalt, installs solar panels in Hayward, Calif., on Wednesday, April 29, 2020. From New York to California, the U.S renewable energy industry is reeling from the new coronavirus pandemic, which has delayed construction and sowed doubts about major projects on the drawing board. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Takeaways from renewable energy's struggles amid pandemic

May. 2, 2020 10:57 AM EDT

The U.S. renewable energy industry is reeling from the new coronavirus pandemic, which has delayed construction and sowed doubts about major projects on the drawing board. As many as 120,000 jobs in solar and 35,000 in wind could be lost, trade groups say. Leaders are confident the future is bright. But the...