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  • Microsoft enters 20-year deal for Texas wind power

    HOUSTON — It takes a lot of energy to store all the data 1 billion people and 20 million businesses plug into their computers, phones, tablets and gadgets. So as …


  • Feeling the wind’s worth

    OAKESDALE, Wash. – Even five years ago, putting up 58 turbines to harvest the wind gusting across the rolling hills of the Palouse in northern Whitman County wouldn’t have made …


  • Wind farm stirs breeze for ailing town

    OAKESDALE, Wash. – This farming town south of Spokane, population 420, has suffered through the slump of other rural communities across America. A restaurant bought out by a California developer …


  • Construction starts on wind farm

    A $210 million wind farm to be built south of Spokane this summer will include 58 windmills and generate power for about 30,000 Northwest homes. Boston-based First Wind marked the …


  • Wind, hydro operations create balancing act for regulators

    One of the conundrums of wind energy is that the wind doesn’t blow constantly. In the Northwest, most wind farms operate at about 30 percent capacity, which means backup electrical …


  • Wind power helps keep Maryhill Museum in business

    Wind turbines help the Maryhill Museum of Art host eclectic exhibits as diverse as Native American basketry, French fashion, and sculptures and sketches by Auguste Rodin. The museum south of …


  • W. Washington wind farm canceled due to seabird

    Energy Northwest and four southwest Washington utilities have canceled the Radar Ridge wind power project, which had been proposed as the first major wind farm in Western Washington.


  • Wind energy innovations use new shapes, places for turbines

    LOS ANGELES – Wind turbines are getting really big – some with blades as long as a football field – and more powerful, often generating 50 times more electricity than …


  • Avista to buy wind power from Palouse project

    Avista will buy power from the proposed Palouse Wind project in Whitman County, the company said today.


  • Wind power in Northwest could see huge increase

    PORTLAND — Northwest wind power could more than double by 2025, possibly causing problems for managing the transmission grid, according to a new study. Wind turbines now operating or under …


  • Oregon homes draw energy with state-of-the-art mills

    ASHLAND, Ore. – The wind that blows across the Grizzly Peak foothills northeast of Ashland is strong enough that Interstate 5 drivers feel it buffeting their cars. Three neighbors near …


  • Avista wants to expand program

    Avista Utilities is asking the Idaho Public Utilities Commission to allow an increase in the size of customer-owned power generation projects that qualify for the company’s net metering program. Avista …


  • Officials vow support for renewable energy in West

    PARK CITY, Utah — Cabinet leaders in the Obama administration promised Monday to help Western states develop a robust system for delivering renewable energy.


  • Wind power may not be so abundant, study warns

    WASHINGTON – The wind, a favorite power source of the green energy movement, seems to be dying down across the United States. And the cause, ironically, may be global warming …


  • Winds of change blowing in Idaho

    BOISE – Idaho has so much wind that tumbleweeds pile up along its fence lines and windsurfers careen across its lakes. Yet the 13th-windiest state in the nation lags in …

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