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April 12, 2016

Hopes fade in Congress for energy reform

By Devin Henry and Timothy Cama, The Hill  •    •  Posted 2016-04-12 06:46:35

Hopes are fading that Congress can pass a broad energy bill before the year ends. Leaders of energy committees in the House and Senate made it a top priority this session to pass the first major energy overhaul since 2007.

By setting their sights low and avoiding hot-button issues that could sink bipartisan action, they thought it was possible to get a bill through an often-dysfunctional Congress, even in an election year. [ read more … ]

Massachusetts governor signs bill lifting solar energy caps

By The Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2016-04-12 06:46:59

A new state law could jump-start stalled solar energy projects in Massachusetts. The measure given final approval by lawmakers last week and signed Monday by Republican Gov. Charlie Baker raises caps on the state’s net metering program. Net metering allows homeowners, solar developers and municipal governments to sell excess power they generate back to the electrical grid in exchange for credit.
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Wind Power Wiggles Through Midwest Transmission Roadblocks

by Tina Casey, Triple Pundit  •    •  Posted 2016-04-12 06:48:04

The breezy lands of the Midwest lay claim to some of the best sites for wind farms in the U.S., and electricity consumers to the east are hungry for clean power. But connecting the two has proved challenging. In addition to the obstacles faced by any large infrastructure project, new clean-power transmission lines face opposition from competing interests in the energy sector. However, as demonstrated by several recent developments, it looks like the opposition is set up for a giant game of whack-a-mole, and at least one of several proposed wind transmission lines will get off the drawing board. The question is: Which one? [ read more … ]

Editorial: Kansas profits by harnessing wind power

By Editorial Board The Wichita Eagle  •    •  Posted 2016-04-12 06:48:41

Being a windy state comes with an increased risk of prairie fires and downed power lines. But the natural resource’s abundance has its advantages as well, with the planned Cimarron Bend wind farm and nine other pending projects newly demonstrating how such clean energy can answer market demand while helping out Kansas’ economy. When the 200-turbine, $610 million Cimarron Bend facility goes online early next year in Clark County, south of Dodge City, Italy-based Enel Green Power North America will have five wind farms in Kansas, adding to its operating capacity of nearly 1 gigawatt in the state. The new wind farm’s 400 megawatts already are spoken for, with tech giant Google and the Kansas City Board of Public Utilities each planning to buy 200 megawatts under long-term agreements. [ read more … ]

BOEM next to look at NC for offshore wind

By  Matthew Bandyk, SNL  •    •  Posted 2016-04-12 06:49:04

After several steps by the federal government in just the past month to move states like New York and Hawaii closer to hosting offshore wind, North Carolina could be the next state to take strides toward completing the long regulatory process needed to install floating turbines off the state’s beaches. This summer, the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management plans to propose ocean areas near the North Carolina coast that could be leased to potential offshore wind developers.
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