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In Wyoming, huckster sentenced to 12 years for wind-farm scam

Source: By John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times • Posted: Friday, August 30th, 2013

Robert Arthur Reed solicited investors nationwide for a wind farm here. But a federal judge ruled here this week that all the telephone huckster was really selling was a bunch of hot air. U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl ordered the 53-year-old Utah man to serve 12 years in prison for defrauding 83 investors nationwide of more than $4.4 million by promoting investment in nonexistent wind farms in Wyoming and South Dakota.

McCabe expected to be nominated as air chief

Source: Jason Plautz, E&E reporter • Posted: Friday, August 30th, 2013

President Obama is expected to name Janet McCabe to head U.S. EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation, the office tasked with the heavy lifting in enacting Obama’s plan to combat climate change, sources outside of the administration said. McCabe is currently the acting head of the air office, having moved into the post after Gina McCarthy was confirmed as EPA administrator. Previously, McCabe had served as the deputy in that office since joining EPA in 2009.

Turbines don’t lower values of neighboring property — DOE report

Source: Katherine Ling, E&E reporter • Posted: Thursday, August 29th, 2013

Wind farms don’t crimp their neighbors’ property values, according to a report released yesterday by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The report is welcome news for communities with wind turbines in the offing. Wind was the fastest growing U.S. energy source in 2012, with 13 gigawatts of wind turbines installed for a total installed wind capacity of about 60 GW, the Department of Energy said.

India May Beat U.S. in Wind Installations for First Time

Source: By Natalie Obiko Pearson - Aug 28, 2013 12:03 AM CT, Bloomberg • Posted: Thursday, August 29th, 2013

India may install more wind capacity than the U.S. this year for the first time as a tax-benefit window extending to 2015 prompts U.S. developers to delay setting up new projects. India is forecast to put up 2,050 megawatts of wind capacity in 2013, compared with the 2,000 megawatts expected in the U.S., according to the latest figures from Bloomberg New Energy Finance due to be published next week. “The decline in the U.S. is mainly due to the complacency of the project developers,” which can claim federal tax benefits through 2015, said Shantanu Jaiswal, a New Delhi-based BNEF wind analyst.

In Nebraska, farmers hope to take control of wind production

Source: by Karen Uhlenhuth, Midwest Energy News • Posted: Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

A group of Nebraska farmers are attempting to put a new face on renewable power in their state. If they succeed in persuading a utility to buy their power, they will be the first local owner-producers in Nebraska to generate electricity with wind turbines on their land, and to sell it to a utility for distribution.

Moniz defends Obama’s ‘practical, pragmatic’ climate strategy

Source: Colin Sullivan, E&E reporter • Posted: Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz used his first major policy address here yesterday to defend the president’s “all of the above” energy strategy. The nuclear physicist turned Cabinet officer insisted that President Obama’s decision to support unconventional fossil fuel development should be viewed within the context of the administration’s Climate Action Plan, not as a cave-in to powerful energy interests.

Moniz appoints panel of outside advisers

Source: Nick Juliano, E&E reporter • Posted: Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said today that he will look to a diverse panel of academics, former government officials, environmentalists and industry representatives to offer advice on a range of issues he will confront over the duration of his term atop the Department of Energy.

Western wind, solar could compete with gas in 2025 — DOE study

Source: Phil Taylor, E&E reporter • Posted: Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

Renewable wind and solar power could be cost-competitive with natural gas in Western states without subsidies in 2025, when current state renewable energy standards are set to expire, according to a new federal study.
The study by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory found that wind and solar power from remote lands in Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Wyoming and Montana could be transmitted to urban customers for almost the same cost as power from a nearby natural gas plant.

Iowa Wind energy representatives say they want equal representation in tax fight

Source: By Stephen Gruber-Miller, IowaWatch • Posted: Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

Wind producers in Iowa say they want a level playing field when it comes to tax breaks. They would go so far as to push for cutting tax breaks for other energy producers, such as oil and gas, Iowa Wind Energy Association Executive Director Harold Prior said in an interview with IowaWatch.

Whirlwind of construction on horizon for Nebraska’s Diller/Steele City area

Source: By ALGIS J. LAUKAITIS / Lincoln Journal Star • Posted: Monday, August 26th, 2013

The Monday morning commute in the Diller and Steele City area might be an eye-opener. A parade of flatbed trucks loaded with sections for 262-foot-high metal towers, and possibly 160-foot-long turbine blades, will start to arrive in the area for the Steele Flats Wind Project.