BOEM is offering three sites off Morro Bay (above) and two off Humboldt (pic credit: Shaw Photography Co/Getty Images)

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California set for 'litmus test' floating wind auction worth 'up to $2.5bn'

California’s offshore wind seabed leasing round could serve as a “litmus test” for how the US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) can influence project development through auction design, according to analysts.

Meteorologists are investigating the connection between wind farms and lightning strikes during thundersnow incidents (pic credit: Giles Clarke/Getty Images)

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Do turbines make the weather? Meteorologist investigates repeated thundersnow in US

Scientists in the US are investigating a possible connection between thundersnow – a phenomenon combining heavy snow and thunder – and whether wind turbines are increasingly vulnerable to lightning strikes during these weather events.

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