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Senator Baucus gets Montana $72 Million for Wind Energy Projects

December 3, 2006

Baucus: State to get $72 million for wind projects

BILLINGS (AP) — More than 30 proposed wind energy projects in Montana are getting $72 million in federal money to help launch them, Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., said Friday.

The Internal Revenue Service has approved financing the projects through a new bonding program Baucus wrote into a 2005 energy bill, the senator’s office said.

The Clean Renewable Energy Bonds will let governmental and tax-exempt entities such as cities and rural electric cooperatives, finance alternative energy projects at zero interest. The program set aside $800 million in tax credit bonds to fund 610 renewable energy projects across the country, including 34 in Montana.

Baucus announced the funding Friday during a news conference in Billings.

‘‘The winds of today will create the good-paying jobs of tomorrow,’’ Baucus said. ‘‘This is about harnessing the wind — a clean, renewable resource — to help us get more energy independent while powering our homes, Main Streets and businesses.’’ Entire story

New Wind Power Project to Provide Cheyenne With Renewable Energy

November 29, 2006

New Wind Power Project to Provide Cheyenne With Renewable Energy

CHEYENNE, Wyo., Nov. 28 /PRNewswire/ — Tierra Energy, LLC announced today that its wholly owned subsidiary, Happy Jack Windpower, LLC, has executed a 20-year renewable energy purchase agreement with Cheyenne Light, Fuel & Power, a wholly owned subsidiary of Black Hills Corporation (NYSE: BKHNews). The 30-megawatt (MW) Happy Jack Windpower Project will be the first generating project of its kind for Cheyenne Light, providing the region with a reliable source of environmentally friendly renewable energy.

On becoming fully operational in 2008, the project will provide Cheyenne and the surrounding community with roughly 100,000,000 kilowatt-hours per year of safe, reliable wind energy at a competitive price.

Happy Jack will benefit the local community by creating opportunities for area businesses, contributing to the local tax base, reducing dependence on fossil fuels and foreign oil consumption, while reducing air pollution.

David Marks, president of Tierra Energy, said Tierra Energy is excited to bring wind power to Cheyenne and to support growing local demand for power supply. “Wind power is a rapidly growing and reliable power resource throughout the nation,” Marks said. “The ample wind resource available near Cheyenne makes it an ideal location for the operation of a wind-powered renewable energy project.” Entire story

Harvesting the wind: A year into project, Judith Gap turbines a huge success

November 19, 2006

Harvesting the wind: A year into project, Judith Gap turbines a huge success

By Karl Puckett

Judith Gap, MT — The No. 1 complaint when the skyscraping turbines at the Judith Gap wind farm were erected was, ironically, the wind, said John Bacon, operations manager for Chicago-based Invenergy, which owns the central Montana site.

“They said, ‘Man, this is one of the windiest spots we ever put up wind turbines,'” recalled Bacon of the workers who installed the General Electric turbines for Invenergy.

As the state’s first large commercial wind farm nears its one-year anniversary, Invenergy officials aren’t complaining about the 25 to 35 mph winds that routinely blow through here this time of year. The wind-powered electric-generating facility is on track to easily meet its energy production budget in its inaugural year thanks to that relentless wind.

As a result of the successful debut, Invenergy is considering a big expansion, possibly as soon as next year. And construction of a second wind farm north of Great Falls, which would be even bigger than the Judith Gap complex, is being discussed as well.

“Of all the turbines General Electric has sold for wind farms throughout North America, this particular wind farm has been the most productive, energy wise,” said Mark Jacobson, Invenergy’s Milwaukee-based senior development manager. Entire story

Wind has potential to supply 1/3rd of world electricity by 2050

September 21, 2006

Wind has potential to supply 1/3rd of world electricity by 2050

Wind has the potential to supply one third of the world’s electricity by 2050, according to a report by umbrella group the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) and Greenpeace International.

The development of wind power is key in the fight against dangerous climate change, the report – the Global Wind Energy Outlook 2006 – concludes.

It offers a blueprint for wind to supply 16.5 pct of global electricity by 2020, saving 1.5 bln tonnes of CO2 emissions, and 34 pct by 2050.

‘The required CO2 reduction of one third by 2020 and half by 2050 (to meet international targets) can only be achieved if wind power plays a major role in the power sector,’ said Sven Teske, Energy Expert at Greenpeace International.

‘Getting this right will be critical if governments are going to be able to meet their medium- and longer-term climate targets… Entire story