Wind energy

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Appalachian Power is seeking approval for two wind generation projects.

The utility says in a news release that it has asked regulators to approve its requests to acquire projects currently under development by Invenergy LLC.

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  Appalachian Power says it's adding more wind power to its energy portfolio.

The company said Thursday that it has reached a 20-year deal to purchase 120 megawatts of new wind generation from a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources LLC.

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Shepherd University is teaming up with a wind farm in Greenbrier County to teach students about renewable energies through an internship program.

Shepherd University held a symposium on renewable energy Friday as part of the inauguration of the school’s 16th president, Dr. Mary Hendrix. The symposium featured three speakers Hendrix referred to as “all-star experts” in energy.

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West Virginia among the states where scientists are analyzing the genetics of bats killed by wind turbines. Scientists say some species may be better able to absorb losses than others.

David Nelson of the University of Maryland's Appalachian Laboratory in Frostburg said Thursday the study could help refine the siting of wind-power projects.

Solar panels arriving in Fayette County
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Appalachian Power is looking to diversify its energy profile by moving toward a greater reliance on solar and wind energy.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that the company will continue to rely on coal-fired power plants to supply most of the energy for its West Virginia customers. But the Appalachian Power said in documents recently filed with the state's Public Service Commission that it also plans to increase its renewable energy capacity by more than 9 percent by 2025.

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Appalachian Power plans to add up to 150 megawatts of wind power to its renewable energy portfolio. 

In a regulatory filing, the company says it plans to issue a request for proposals from bidders in February 2016. The company will seek proposals to purchase wind power assets or to buy electricity generated by wind power projects.

A Canadian energy company is paying $200 million to take over a long-planned wind project in West Virginia’s Grant County.

Emotions were high in the House Chamber Thursday as House Bill 2001 was on its third reading and up for a vote.