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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.
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NEWS
August 9, 2012 | By Dan Turner
It seems there is a way to get conservatives to support government handouts: Hand them out to conservatives. As Times staff writers Alana Semuels aud Seema Mehta reported, Mitt Romney is getting himself into trouble with Republican voters in swing states such as Iowa by supporting a bedrock Republican principle: He wants to end the production tax credit for wind energy and force power producers to compete on an even playing field with no...
NATIONAL
July 23, 2008 | Vimal Patel, Times Staff Writer
He spent much of his life drilling for oil, taking over other companies and using his vast wealth to fund Republicans. Now, T. Boone Pickens champions wind energy, has a Facebook profile and passes the time with grateful Democrats. On Tuesday, the legendary oil tycoon made his Capitol Hill debut to promote his new cause: using American wind to alleviate the nation's energy crisis and wean itself from dependency on foreign oil.
NATIONAL
August 9, 2012 | By Alana Semuels and Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times
DES MOINES - It's an overriding conservative principle: Scale back government interference and let businesses survive or fail on their merits. But standing by that principle may hurt Mitt Romney in Iowa, a hotly contested swing state that could provide a crucial six electoral college votes in November. Romney recently upset many conservatives here by saying he would end a government tax credit that helps subsidize a burgeoning wind industry in the state. Some of them - farmers who earn tens of thousands of dollars a year for having wind turbines on their property - say they won't vote for Romney because of his wind position.
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.
NEWS
August 14, 2012 | By Christi Parsons
OSAKALOOSA, Iowa - The presidential candidates turn to the topic of energy Tuesday as they travel to different battleground states with different interests in future U.S. energy policy. In Iowa, President Obama plans to talk about wind energy as he pushes Congress to extend the production tax credit for companies investing in this growing alternative source. In Ohio coal country, meanwhile, Republican Mitt Romney is expected to talk about Obama's “war on coal” and the strain he says it puts on an industry that helps to power the state's economy.
NEWS
February 5, 1995 | MICHAEL PARRISH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the blustery throat of San Gorgonio Pass, on the outskirts of Palm Springs, rank after rank of state-of-the-art wind machines are rapidly turning the breeze into an everyday source of electricity. Largely unnoticed, wind power has come into its own, with a new generation of machines that make it the first renewable energy--from solar, wood waste or other environmentally benign sources--cheap enough to compete with low-cost fossil fuels.
BUSINESS
July 7, 1998 | NANCY RIVERA BROOKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Patagonia Inc., the Ventura manufacturer of outdoor clothing, said Monday that it will invest in new renewable energy--specifically wind power--to run its California facilities. Patagonia said it is the first company in California to commit to 100% wind energy in its electricity purchasing. The supplier is Enron Energy Services, a subsidiary of Houston-based Enron Corp., which is building a wind farm near Palm Springs for Patagonia and others.
NEWS
November 8, 2005 | Joe Robinson, Times Staff Writer
PEOPLE come by the thousands to the hills around Lancaster in spring to gaze at nature with its brights on -- waves of Technicolor poppies stretching to the horizon. But untouched vistas of rolling petals could be history, some flower fans fear, if a proposal to erect about 130 giant wind turbines near the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve is approved. Lancaster resident Michael Powell, a retired engineer, says big wind towers near the poppy preserve would spoil a bucolic scene.
BUSINESS
February 9, 2008 | From the Associated Press
The line of towering wind turbines stands motionless on the ridgeline above Interstate 70 in central Kansas, Y-shaped silhouettes amid the swirling snow. Despite the weather, dozens of technicians are working to get the 10-mile-long Smoky Hills Wind Farm ready to begin producing electricity. Jason Martinson, who is supervising the 56-turbine operation for Enel North America Inc.
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