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February 25, 2016

Senators Reach Tentative Deal on Flint Water Crisis Aid

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS  •    •  Posted 2016-02-25 06:37:54

The impasse over Flint has blocked a bipartisan energy bill that had been moving forward in the Senate. Under the tentative agreement, the Senate would vote on the energy bill before taking up the Flint legislation as a separate bill. The energy bill, the first comprehensive legislation of its kind in nearly a decade, promotes a wide range of energy sources, from renewables such as solar and wind power to natural gas and hydropower. The legislation also would speed federal approval of projects to export liquefied natural gas to Europe and Asia and boost energy efficiency. [ read more … ]

U.S. no longer top wind turbine producer, replaced by China

Daniel Cusick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-02-25 06:38:27

General Electric Co. has ceded its position as the world’s No. 1 wind turbine manufacturer to a Chinese competitor, according to 2015 market data compiled by Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Xinjiang Goldwind Science & Technology Co. Ltd. received orders for 7.8 gigawatts of new wind turbines in 2015, exceeding GE, which dropped to No. 3 globally with 5.9 GW of new commissioned capacity, according to BNEF. Vestas Wind Systems A/S of Denmark attracted 7.3 GW of new orders in 2015, solidifying its No. 2 ranking in the global supply chain. [ read more … ]

Solar industry reports record U.S. growth in 2015

Daniel Cusick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-02-25 06:38:59

The United States installed almost 7.3 gigawatts of new solar photovoltaic capacity in 2015, marking a fifth consecutive year in which the industry added at least 1 GW of new generation, according to data released today by the Solar Energy Industries Association and GTM Research. The 17 percent year-over-year growth from 2014 extends solar PV’s unprecedented boom since 2010 and places PV solar on a trajectory for even larger gains through 2020, according to industry experts. [ read more … ]

Clean Line looking for new customers in Missouri for transmission project

By Matthew Bandyk, SNL  •    •  Posted 2016-02-25 06:39:24

A municipal utility in Missouri has suspended talks to become a customer of Clean Line Energy Partners’ proposed Grain Belt Express merchant transmission line. But the developer is continuing efforts to recruit other utilities as it plans to try to get the nearly 800-mile project approved in Missouri. [ read more … ]

Transportation challenge grows as turbine blades get bigger

By James Osborne, Houston Chronicle  •    •  Posted 2016-02-25 06:39:56

Wind turbine blades continue to grow — turbines are now more than 200 feet tall — and officials are having trouble transporting equipment to remote locations in Texas and other windy Western states. Moving the blades, which reach higher into the sky and wrest more energy from the wind than ever before, can take days and cost tens of thousands of dollars. [ read more … ]

Texas wind power set a new record late Thursday

By Fuel/Fix  •    •  Posted 2016-02-25 06:40:25

Wind power in the Texas grid set a new record at 9:20 p.m. Thursday evening when it generated 14,023 megawatts of power.Wind turbines accounted for more than 45 percent of the grid’s overall load at certain points late Thursday as Texas increasingly relies more on renewable power. February has proven a particularly windy month thus far. [ read more … ]

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