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Wealthy Minnesota town faces lawsuit for banning residents from using wind power

A couple living in Orono, Minnesota has sued the relatively wealthy city over an ordinance that prohibits them from building a wind energy system on their own property. Jay and Kendall Nygard of Go Green Energy sued the city of Orono in Hennepin County Court last week, according to Courthouse…

Solar and wind power now cheaper than coal power in the U.S.

It’s less costly to get electricity from wind turbines and solar panels than coal-fired power plants when climate change costs and other health impacts are factored in, according…  …

Wind power expanded by nearly 20 percent globally in 2012

A relative slowdown in new wind turbine construction in China was offset by big increases in the US, followed by Germany, India and the UK – though renewable energy as a whole has fallen Wind power expanded by almost 20% in 2012 around the world to reach a new peak…

Canadians protest wind power subsidies over environmental concerns

Hundreds of Canadians demonstrated on Tuesday calling for an end to subsidies for wind power, saying noise from colossal turbines is making some people sick and driving down rural property prices. Organizers told AFP about 800 farmers and other rural residents rallied outside a clean energy forum in downtown Toronto…

Giant kite could be future of wind power

A California energy company is working to develop an airborne system of wind turbines that its developer believes could be superior to any of the current ground-based systems. The system essentially consists of a giant kite that looks like a small airplane. It employs sensors to determine the optimal location…

Wind power to make up half of Danish energy use in 2020

Denmark aims to have wind power supply half of the country’s electricity needs in 2020, under a new programme presented by Climate and Energy Minister Martin Lidegaard on Friday. “Denmark must use a lot more renewable energy and we will have to become much better at using energy efficiently,” Lidegaard…

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