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Jayme Orrack oversees Xcel Energy's new wind farm in Courtenay, N.D. The wind farm started generating electricity late last year with 100 turbines that collectively generate 200 megawatts of electricity. Amy Sisk/Prairie Public Broadcasting hide caption

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The Rise Of Wind Energy Raises Questions About Its Reliability

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'Brave New Workers': A Texas Cowboy Finds Fortune In The Wind

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Part of one of the world's biggest renewable energy systems, wind turbines dot the landscape on the edge of Sweetwater, Texas, along with a pump jack pulling up oil. Ari Shapiro/NPR hide caption

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Wind Energy Takes Flight In The Heart Of Texas Oil Country

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Wind turbines and farm equipment now dot Horace Pritchard's land, where he raises corn, soybeans, and other crops. He also receives payments for hosting nine of the more than 100 wind turbines now operating near Elizabeth City, N.C. Sarah McCammon/NPR hide caption

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The South Has Been Slow To Harness Its Wind, But That's Changing

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About a quarter of California's electricity comes from renewable sources, like this wind farm outside San Diego. Lauren Sommer/KQED hide caption

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Renewable Energy Sector Remains Optimistic Amid Trump Policy Outlook

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On some sunny, spring days, California has more electricity than it can use, like from this solar farm in Fresno. Terry O'Rourke/NREL hide caption

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Who's In Charge? Getting Western States To Agree On Sharing Renewable Energy

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Wind turbines dot the landscape in Mojave, Calif. The recent extension of federal tax credits is expected to give the wind and solar energy industries a big boost. Irfan Khan/LA Times via Getty Images hide caption

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Tax Breaks, Falling Costs Are Boosting Wind And Solar

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The first foundation jacket installed by Deepwater Wind in the nation's first offshore wind farm construction project is seen next to a construction crane on Monday, on the waters of the Atlantic Ocean off Block Island, R.I. Stephan Savoia/AP hide caption

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Winds Of Change? Rhode Island Hopes For First Offshore Wind Farm

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Renewable energy sources — such as the Eolo wind park about 75 miles south of the Nicaraguan capital, Managua — generate about half of the country's electricity. Officials predict that figure could rise to 80 percent within years. Inti Ocon/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Nicaragua's Renewable Energy Revolution Picks Up Steam

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A pilot for Earl's Flying Service sprays chemicals on a field in southeastern Missouri. Courtesy of Mike Lee hide caption

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For Crop-Duster Pilots, Wind Towers Present Danger

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Five industrial wind turbines form part of the Gorona del Viento power plant on the island of El Hierro. By the end of this year, the power plant is set to generate 100 percent of the energy El Hierro needs, making it the world's first energy-independent island powered only by renewables. Lauren Frayer for NPR hide caption

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Tiny Spanish Island Nears Its Goal: 100 Percent Renewable Energy

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A wind-powered water pump and a wind-driven electricity turbine share a field near the town of Calumet in western Oklahoma. Joe Wertz/NPR hide caption

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Oklahoma Wind Power Companies Run Into Headwinds

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The Department of the Interior is proposing a large expansion of U.S. efforts to make energy from offshore winds, with a plan centered off the Massachusetts coast. Here, a 2010 photo shows a sunrise over Nantucket Sound. Julia Cumes/AP hide caption

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