Trump appoints new head of the EPA, a denier of climate change

Scott Pruitt tapped to lead the EPA for the Trump Administration Difficult days may be ahead for energy policy and environmental efforts in the United States. President-elect Donald Trump has been working to fill out his administration, appointing several people to positions of power that could dictate the course of existing programs in the future. Trump has selected Oklahoma attorney general Scott Pruitt to be the next head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The decision has sparked significant controversy, particularly among environmentalist groups, as Pruitt has been a longstanding…

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Google aims to be powered by renewable energy in 2017

Google to focus solely on renewable energy by the end of 2017 Google has announced that all of its energy will come from renewable sources by the end of 2017. Last year, the massive technology company consumed as much electricity as the city of San Francisco. Now, Google aims to derive all of its electrical power from solar panels and wind turbines. The company’s ambitions are not restricted to the United States, of course, as all of its data centers throughout the world will eventually be powered by renewable energy….

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Fracking may be causing earthquakes in Oklahoma

Hundreds of small tremors that have occurred over the past year may be related to hydraulic fracturing. Oklahoma, a state that is known for its high tornado activity, may now be at a greater risk of earthquakes and some geologists believe that the increased number of tremors the state has been experiencing in the past several months may be related to fracking. U.S. scientists warn that the state may be in for a major earthquake. According to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS),”The rate of earthquakes in Oklahoma has increased by…

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Chinese company brings wind energy software to the US

Envision Energy makes a deal with US energy company Energy developers in China has been showing interest in markets beyond their home country recently. Many of these developers are looking to take advantage of the growing demand for clean technologies and renewable energy. China’s Envision Energy, a leading provider of energy services, has made a deal with Atlantic Power, a prominent energy company based in Oklahoma. Per the deal, Envision Energy will be providing the company with its Smart Wind Farm software. Software will help wind farms and turbines operate…

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University of Tulsa wins grant for solar energy project

Department of Energy issues grants to help support advances in the solar power space The University of Tulsa in Oklahoma has announced that it is one of the recipients of 12 grants being issued by the Department of Energy. These grants aim to support the development of more efficient and effective photovoltaic technologies. The Department of Energy has been working to make solar power more cost-effective for several years, but accomplishing this goal has been a time-consuming and expensive process. The grants that the federal agency is providing are meant…

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Federal Production Tax Credit expires

Wind energy projects face uncertainty as federal initiative comes to an end The Production Tax Credit, an incentive from the U.S. government designed to support wind energy projects, has finally expired. For the past year, the future of the Production Tax Credit has been shrouded in uncertainty. At the end of 2012, federal lawmakers provided the initiative with a year-long extension, ensuring that it would remain active throughout 2013. With 2013 now over, lawmakers have opted not to prolong the lifetime of the federal initiative further. Expiration of tax credit…

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New wind energy system could take root in North Dakota

Xcel Energy seeks approval for fourth wind energy system in the state Xcel Energy, a leading wind energy developer, has announced plans to build its fourth wind farm in North Dakota. The company has been working to transform the Midwestern U.S. into a wind energy hub and has managed to find significant success in this endeavor. Much of this success is backed by the U.S. federal government, which has attributed a great deal of support to renewable energy in general and wind energy specifically. New wind farm could power 750,000…

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Alabama Power to purchase wind energy from Kansas and Oklahoma

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Alabama Power reveals plans concerning wind energy Alabama Power, one of Alabama’s largest electric utilities, has revealed plans for a massive wind energy project that has won the approval of the state’s Public Service Commission. Wind energy is beginning to play a bigger role in the energy plans of the entire country. As more technologically advanced wind turbines are produced, the attractiveness of wind energy systems is increasing. Alabama Power believes that the time is right to make use of wind energy, but will not be making use of the…

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Google embraces wind energy

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Google announced adoption of new wind energy system Acclaimed technology giant Google has announced that it will be making use of wind energy at one of its largest data centers in Oklahoma. The company has long held an interest in clean energy, but has only very recently begun ramping up its support for sustainability. The two forms of clean energy that the company has shown the most interest in lately are solar and wind. Both of these energies have the capacity to help the company break away from its reliance…

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Massive wind energy project granted approval by federal agency

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Plains and Eastern Clean Line wind energy project to take root in Oklahoma The U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has approved a wind energy initiative that will take root in Oklahoma. The initiative is called the Plains and Eastern Clean Line project and it aims to establish an energy transmission line that will extend from western Oklahoma to well into Tennessee. The project aims to spark the development of $3.5 billion worth of wind farms, which will generate the electricity that will be fed through the transmission line. Project to…

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