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NEWS
June 20, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
The United States would be able to produce 5% of the nation's energy from wind by the year 2020 under a new Energy Department plan, an agency official said. The level at 2010 would be 10,000 megawatts, enough electricity to fulfill the annual needs of 3 million households, the official said. Energy Secretary Bill Richardson will unveil the so-called Wind Powering America initiative Monday at the annual meeting of the American Wind Energy Assn. in Burlington, Vt. He also plans to announce $1.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Alameda County has approved permits for 1,700 wind turbines east of San Francisco, despite opposition from environmentalists who say the energy-producing equipment kills thousands of protected birds. The East Alameda Board of Zoning Adjustments approved the permits Thursday after the energy companies that operate the turbines said efforts were being made to reduce bird deaths in the Altamont Pass, one of California's largest centers of wind energy production.
NEWS
January 27, 1991 | PHILIPPA FLETCHER, REUTERS
On a wind-swept field overlooking the sea, workers are demolishing a huge coal-fired power plant while nearby, four sleek wind turbines harvest energy from the air. It looks like a straightforward transition from the old to the new, but in this traditional coal mining area of southern Wales the reality is not so simple. It is true that coal-fired power plants are being phased out as mines run short of reserves.
BUSINESS
June 23, 1988 | From Reuters
Windmills are becoming a serious alternative to coal and oil in Europe, scientists say. The amount of electricity generated by high-technology windmills will grow 30 times in Western Europe by the year 2005 as the infant windmill sector grows, said speakers at the European Community Wind Energy Conference in Denmark this month. Dr.
NATIONAL
November 24, 2013 | By Soumya Karlamangla
In the first case of its kind, a large energy company has pleaded guilty to killing birds at its large wind turbine farms in Wyoming and has agreed to pay $1 million as punishment. Duke Energy Renewables -- a subsidiary of the Fortune 250 Duke Energy Corp. -- admitted to violating the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act in connection with the deaths of more than 160 birds, including 14 golden eagles, according to court documents.  The deaths took place between 2009 and 2013 at two Duke sites in Wyoming that have 176 wind turbines, according to court documents.
NEWS
November 5, 1991 | ERIC HARRISON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Pioneered in California, wind-generated electrical power is starting to spread to other sections of the United States that have the potential to harness this most elusive of resources. The Midwest in particular has "massive potential" for making use of the alternative energy resource because of its high winds, said Samuel D. Rashkin, technology transfer manager of the California Energy Commission, who has studied the economic feasibility of wind power in the state.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 6, 2011 | By Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Oakland — Scores of protected golden eagles have been dying each year after colliding with the blades of about 5,000 wind turbines along the ridgelines of the Bay Area's Altamont Pass Wind Resource Area, raising troubling questions about the state's push for alternative power sources. The death count, averaging 67 a year for three decades, worries field biologists because the turbines, which have been providing thousands of homes with emissions-free electricity since the 1980s, lie within a region of rolling grasslands and riparian canyons containing one of the highest densities of nesting golden eagles in the United States.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 17, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Alameda County has delayed approval of permits for wind turbines at the Altamont Pass after environmentalists sued two major wind energy companies, claiming their turbines were killing thousands of protected birds. The East Alameda County Board of Zoning Adjustments voted Thursday to hold off on making a decision on 15 permits until Jan. 29 to allow the county planning staff to review a lawsuit filed Monday by the Center for Biological Diversity.
NEWS
August 29, 1999 | BLAKE NICHOLSON, ASSOCIATED PRESS
A few hundred yards from the cross tower at the Sacred Heart Monastery, two other towers rise from the rugged ranchland toward the heavens. Their purpose has nothing to do with religion, everything to do with economics. For two years, the two 100-foot-tall wind turbines have been saving money and generating electricity for the monastery's 24 Benedictine sisters. "I love to watch them," said Sister Barbara Ann Schwab.
BUSINESS
November 21, 2008 | Associated Press
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has invested in a wind energy farm in Texas that will generate enough power to light 15% of its Texas operations. The world's largest retailer said Thursday that the Duke Energy Corp. farm was being built in Notrees, Texas, and was to start production in April. The retailer will purchase electricity directly from Duke's Notrees Windpower Project, Duke said. The Bentonville, Ark.-based discount retailer has 360 stores and other facilities in Texas.
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