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February 18, 2013
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  • Advocate: Changing Texas laws would send businesses out of state
    Wind power advocates in Texas are preparing to defend policies that have helped the state become a center for wind-power development. Among the policies under threat are the state's renewable portfolio standard and a wind farm property tax incentive program that is slated to expire next year. Jeffrey Clark, executive director of the Wind Coalition, said that companies will be taking their businesses to Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska if the tax incentive is repealed. Tribune Newspapers (Texas) (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Get Creative: 10 Ways to Think Outside the Box
No matter your business, smart solutions come from out-of-the-box thinking. We all know creativity is king, but are you doing all you can to inspire and encourage creativity in your staff? Read the article and learn 10 ways to inspire creativity at your office.

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  Economy, Energy & Trends 
  • Okla. State, OGE Energy mark shift to wind power
    Oklahoma State University and Oklahoma Gas & Electric Energy held a ceremony to celebrate the university's transition to wind energy as its primary source of power. The university now obtains 67% of its electricity from the 26-turbine Cowboy Wind Farm near Blackwell, Okla., which started sending power to the campus on Jan. 1. Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin attended the event. San Francisco Chronicle/The Associated Press (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • First Wind hosts inaugural ride on Maine wind farm trail system
    First Wind hosted a ride-in for snowmobilers last weekend to celebrate the completion of the Ride the Wind project, a 590-mile trail system connecting 11 of Maine's wind farms. First Wind developed the trail to help tourists and snowmobilers find their way to the wind farms, said Neil Kiely, the company's director of development in New England. "People are curious about the wind farms, and because of their proximity to snowmobile trails, use them as destinations," Kiely said. Portland Press Herald (Maine)/The Associated Press (2/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • North American freshwater wind turbines get engineering help
    The problem posed by ice to wind turbines erected in water is the obstacle that Lake Erie Energy Development hopes to overcome with help from U.S. and international companies and laboratories. The project was also awarded a $4 million federal grant, as well as $1 million in private funding. "I am convinced that we are poised to become the first freshwater wind farm in North America, which will spawn a new wind power industry in Northeast Ohio," said Lorry Wagner, LEEDCo president and a nuclear engineer. The Plain Dealer (Cleveland) (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mich. is on pace for goal of 10% renewables, report says
    Michigan is making headway in its goal of obtaining 10% of its electric power from renewable sources by 2015, according to a report by the Michigan Public Service Commission. "More renewable energy came online in Michigan in 2012 than ever before," Chairman John Quackenbush said. The commission says the cost of renewable-energy contracts is "substantially lower" than that of coal-powered generators and is expected to continue to decline. MLive.com (Michigan) (free registration) (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Why Is Fox Business Saying Those Things About Wind Power?
    Just because you're on television doesn't mean you can make things up. The hosts of two TV talk shows on Fox Business News, "Money with Melissa Francis" and "Varney & Company," recently seemed to be competing to make the most inaccurate statements about wind power. Let's review. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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