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The Morning Briefing: Wind energy, farms

"The Morning Briefing" is SmartPlanet's daily roundup of must-reads from the web. This morning we're reading about wind energy and farms.
Written by Charlie Osborne, Contributing Writer on

"The Morning Briefing" is SmartPlanet's daily roundup of must-reads from the web. This morning we're reading about wind energy and farms.

1.) Wind Energy: Twisting and turning and getting bent out of shape. The wind energy industry has some breathing room with the extension of its much-valued production tax credit. But that reprieve will be short-lived, not only because it just got a one-year extension but also because those supporting the sector are starting to diverge.

2.) BP cuts ribbon on giant U.S. wind farms. BP Wind Energy and Sempra U.S. Gas & Power has announced they have moved a second giant U.S. wind into full commercial operation, just days after announcing that they had brought the largest single-build wind farm in U.S. history online.

3.) Taqa expands in North America with wind power investment. The Abu Dhabi National Energy Company PJSC (TAQA) has agreed to buy a 50 percent stake in the 205.5 megawatt (MW) Lakefield wind project located in the midwestern United States from a subsidiary of France-based utility Electricite de France SA (EDF).

4.) Wind farm protesters backed by planning minister Nick Boles. In the U.K., Nick Boles told John Hayes, a fellow Conservative, that "local people have genuine concerns" and "wind farms are not appropriate in all settings."

5.) Mainstream Renewable plans $240 million wind farm in South Chile. Mainstream Renewable Power Ltd., a closely held Irish clean-energy developer, is seeking environmental permits to develop a $240 million wind farm in Chile's southern Bio Bio region.

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