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Wind turbines offshore in the Great Lakes have the potential to generate a huge chunk of Ontario's power, but a more streamlined approval process is needed if the offshore industry's potential is to be achieved.That's the conclusion of a report from wind developer Trillium Power Wind Corp., which calculates that the Ontario government has received applications for offshore projects that would generate almost 21,000 megawatts of power, if they all came to fruition.Ontario currently produces about 35,000 MW of electricity, mostly from nuclear plants, natural gas, hydro and coal."The potential for offshore wind development on the Ontario side of the Great Lakes is enormous," the company's report says. The industry could generate more than $250-billion of economic activity over 15 years, it adds.The Ontario government has been so overwhelmed with applications for offshore wind projects that last fall it stopped accepting them. It expects a review to be complete by March, when it will have a plan for releasing sites to developers.Trillium itself has plans to build a 142-turbine, 710-MW project in eastern Lake Ontario, with all the turbines at least 17 kilometres from the shore.The company's report praises Ontario for its new Green Energy Act, which includes a high

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Omaha Public Power District Board of Directors has approved a power purchase agreement expected to substantially increase the district's renewable energy portfolio. Under the agreement the utility plans to purchase up to 40.5 megawatts (MW) of wind energy for twenty years from a wind farm to be built in Boone County near Petersburg, Nebraska. The facility is expected to be in service by the third quarter of 2011.The developer of the wind farm is Third Planet Windpower, LLC, headquartered in Incline Village, Nev., and also with an office in Petersburg. The project is a Community-Based Energy Development (C-BED) project, the first one for OPPD under a law passed by the Nebraska Legislature in 2007 to promote the development of wind energy projects in the state. The power purchase agreement approved by the board is with TPW Petersburg, LLC.As a C-BED project, 33 percent of the revenue payments from the wind farm will go to qualified Nebraska residents or organizations that have invested in the project. The farm will consist of 27 General Electric turbines that will each generate 1.5 MW when the wind is blowing at optimum. Once completed, the project is expected to produce enough electricity to provide the

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In 2009, a total of eight new wind farms consisting of 199 offshore wind turbines, with a combined power generating capacity of 577 MW, were connected to the grid in Europe. This represents a growth rate of 54% compared to the 373 MW installed during 2008. For 2010, the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) expects the completion of 10 additional European offshore wind farms, adding 1,000 MW and equivalent to market growth of 75% compared to 2009."This is an incredibly good result considering the continued difficulties of obtaining project finance for large projects", said Christian Kjaer, EWEA Chief Executive. "Independent project developers, in particular, are still struggling. For the offshore wind power industry to continue its development, it is vital that governments and the European Commission provide policy frameworks that stimulate investor interest and allow project developers to move their plans forward," said Kjaer. Currently, 17 offshore wind farms are under construction in Europe, totaling more than 3,500 MW, with just under half being constructed in UK waters. In addition, a further 52 offshore wind farms have won full consent in European waters, totaling more than 16,000 MW, with just over half of this capacity planned in Germany. In 2009,

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Gazoo Energy Group (OTCBB:GAZU) (www.GazooEnergyGroup.com) announced today that it has entered into discussions with several solar energy companies regarding new investment opportunities. Gazoo Energy Group is exploring the potential for extensive growth in advancing technologies capable of maximizing energy production, while utilizing smaller footprints of land. The company also believes it can maximize the land connected with its proposed wind turbine projects by adding solar panel access.For more information on Gazoo Energy Group visit www.GazooEnergyGroup.com.About the company -- Gazoo Energy Group aggregates a variety of green products for mass distribution worldwide. It is engaging in acquisitions and developments of green energy companies. Gazoo Energy Group's immediate goal is to raise awareness and locate inventors with the desire and potential to make a difference in the green energy industry. Gazoo Energy Group, "Together, we can change the energy industry while simultaneously making a positive contribution to our planet." Please visit www.GazooEnergyGroup.com for more information.Forward Looking Statement -- Certain statements contained herein are "forward-looking'' statements (as such term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995). Because such statements include risks and uncertainties, actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that

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In the heat of an Oklahoma summer, it often seems like the sun never stops shining.That is likely the reason Oklahoma is among the states with the highest potential for harnessing solar energy.The same is true for wind, which is why western Oklahoma is awash with towering turbines, but it's hard to find signs the state is taking advantage of the sun's rays.Engineer Albert Janco is a long-time proponent of renewable energy. He said alternative energy sources such as solar and wind can help the United States end its dependence on foreign oil, a goal that should be part of a sorely needed comprehensive energy policy."It's a matter of survival," he said.Analysis by the Oklahoma Wind Power Initiative showed the state is in a good position to use solar radiation - which is free and available everywhere - but the technology to turn it into electricity is expensive and hard to incorporate into the current utility power grid.University of Oklahoma professor Scott Greene, the initiative's director, said there are several companies working on small-scale solar projects for homes or businesses.Some companies have expressed interest in potentially developing large, utility-scale farms in southern Oklahoma."Right now, the cost of solar is significantly

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It wasn't that long ago when candidate Obama wooed us with pledges to get the country on track with an aggressive renewable energy program and serious carbon emissions controls. Times have changed. Now, we don't think anyone really expects to see an extensive climate and energy bill from Congress this year. At best, advocates are hoping for more legislative support for renewable energy production, a renewable energy standard and maybe more dough for the Smart Grid. So what happened? Keep reading. High hopes for a sweeping climate and energy bill coming out of Congress this year are giving way to hopes that at least some key pieces of clean energy legislation still have a chance to squeak through the lumbering legislative process. To a large degree, it's the result of bad timing. Congress continues to wrestle with the economy. The free-for-all wrestling match that is the health care debate continues. And

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Arabic script is about to appear on television sets across the country, with the Texas oilman T. Boone Pickens helpfully reading an English translation, Clifford Strauss writes in The New York Times."Go back to sleep, America; the oil crisis is over," Mr. Pickens intones, deadpan, in the new video. Seductive Middle Eastern music plays in the background.But suddenly, the picture switches to American troops on a desert battlefield as flames leap skyward, and Mr. Pickens declares, "I don't think so!"What, exactly, is he up to now?The Texas billionaire spent much of the last two years, and $62 million of his fortune, on an advertising and public relations offensive in which he tried to persuade Americans to embrace his Pickens plan. It called for a vast expansion of wind energy to displace natural gas, freeing the natural gas for use in vehicles, thus displacing foreign oil.No American with a television set could escape Mr. Pickens's argument last year. But somehow, a mass conversion to natural gas cars failed to ensue.So now Mr. Pickens is turning up the volume, and changing his pitch with some extra alarm bells. He is opening his wallet to spend millions more on a new campaign, with

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Installation of the largest wind turbine in the history of Long Island was completed last month. The 100-kilowatt turbine stands 121 feet tall but the tip of its rotors will reach a height of 156 feet above the ground. The clean-energy device was installed at a 1,200-acre wholesale nursery in Laurel, in Riverhead Town, at a cost of $500,000.Under the Long Island Power Authority's Backyard Wind Initiative, available to both residential and commercial customers, about $127,000 will be rebated to the nursery, according to a statement from Eastern Energy Systems of Mattituck which installed the turbine. In addition, the statement said, federal tax incentives and income derived from selling back to LIPA excess electricity will further reduce the net cost. The device is predicted to produce 157,555-kilowatt hours of electricity annually, realizing an approximate energy savings of $29,000.To generate interest as well as electricity, EES announced an essay contest for high schoolers on Long Island entitled, "Why I want to work in the renewable energy industry." The Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center at Stony Brook University, Molloy College and SUNY Farmingdale will award two scholarships each to the winners."This project is an excellent example of the power of renewable

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What's that on the sixth-floor deck of Adobe headquarters in downtown San Jose? Those slender silver spires, spinning quietly in the breeze, are actually turbines producing environmentally friendly electric power.Workers installed the 20 wind turbines over the December holidays at Adobe Systems' high-rise offices at Park Avenue and Almaden Boulevard. Officials at the big software company say it's part of a larger effort to tap renewable sources for the power they need to keep the lights, computers and other equipment running at Adobe's facilities here and around the world.Renewable energy isn't a new idea for Silicon Valley, where Google, Microsoft and other big tech companies use solar panels to supply some of the power for their local sites. But wind turbines are more typically found in rural or suburban areas. City officials say Adobe is the first to install them on a building in downtown San Jose."You just don't see this going on in an urban environment," acknowledged Randy Knox III, Adobe's director of facilities and environmental programs. "But it kind of looks like art."Each turbine is 30 feet tall and 4 feet wide, with an open framework that rotates slowly on a vertical axis. Unlike traditional windmill designs, which

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The Blaine County Commission on Tuesday unanimously approved an ordinance that will permit and regulate wind-energy facilities, bringing to an end a process that has taken about a dozen public hearings and witnessed multiple drafts.At a regular meeting at the Old County Courthouse in Hailey, the commission made minor editorial changes to the draft ordinance, but the main regulations remained the same.In residential zones, the ordinance allows roof-mounted wind turbines of up to 40 feet above ground level on properties of five acres or more without requiring a conditional-use permit. That means property owners with large enough lots can install a turbine that doesn't reach above the 40-foot mark without going before the Planning and Zoning Commission for a public hearing. Likewise, freestanding turbines of up to 40 feet are allowed on properties of more than 10 acres without a conditional-use permit.In agricultural zones with parcels over 20 acres (A-20 and A-40), freestanding turbines also do not need conditional-use approval and can range up to 120 feet."I feel like we struck a balance with guidelines that provide the opportunity for public input," Commission Chair Larry Schoen said in an interview."We're not forcing anyone to put these on their property or

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