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Rural Electric Cooperative Completes $240 Million Wind Farm in 4 Months

January 1st, 2010 | by Susan Kraemer

A North Dakota rural electric cooperative made history on New Year's Eve, in completing the nation's largest wind project to be entirely owned by a consumer cooperative. The $240 million, 115.5 MW wind farm was begun in August and completed a mere four months later; three and a half hours before midnight on the last night of


First Carbon Tariff Will Tax CO2 at the Border

January 1st, 2010 | by Susan Kraemer

The first carbon tax to reduce the greenhouse gases from imports comes not between two nations, but between two states. Minnesota has passed a measure to stop carbon at its border with North Dakota


Foreign Windpower Giant Iberdrola Taps Saudi Arabia of Wind Because We Can't

December 31st, 2009 | by Susan Kraemer

Today, a European company put the finishing touches on a wind project in North Dakota which Americans have known for decades is "the Saudi Arabia of Wind." Spain's Iberdrola Renovables, the parent company of Iberdrola Renewables Inc that built the project became a giant global wind company in the wake of the Kyoto Accord. The European renewable energy sector grew from the resulting renewable energy legislation in Europe. The result is that it is European wind companies such as Vestas and Iberdrola, that are now building the wind energy that we need


Cheap Solar Watering Troughs for Iowa Cattle

December 22nd, 2009 | by Susan Kraemer

Solar arrays can provide energy to pump water to watering troughs for cows, improving water quality on remote pastures and saving money too. Farmers can more sustainably manage their pastures if cows are not all clustered around small creeks, eroding the banks



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