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April 26, 2016

Senate aims to wrap up energy spending bill this week

George Cahlink and Hannah Hess, E&E reporters  •    •  Posted 2016-04-26 06:39:22

The Senate will vote at 11 a.m. today on three more amendments to the bill, including an amendment by Sens. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) to add $95 million for wind energy. The proposal faces opposition from Alexander, a longtime critic of federal support for wind who favors nuclear energy. Grassley made his case for the amendment on the Senate floor yesterday by challenging critics who say wind energy is a mature technology that no longer needs federal support. “Wind, while nearly mature, is just an infant compared to the federal dollars and incentives provided for fossil and nuclear energy,” said Grassley, noting that some oil and gas tax breaks have been in place for 100 years. [ read more … ]

Finish line remains distant for reform legislation

Geof Koss and Christa Marshall, E&E reporters  •    •  Posted 2016-04-26 06:39:44

House and Senate lawmakers may have already defied expectations by passing comprehensive energy reform bills in their respective chambers, but they still have miles to go in reconciling competing versions and winning President Obama’s signature in an election year.
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Reducing the cost of wind energy for a renewable future

By Michael Allen,  •    •  Posted 2016-04-26 06:44:27

To make offshore turbines less costly, we need to create a market where the producers can erect a big park and get experience with the construction of offshore turbines, and also get experience shipping the turbines to the site and building the foundations for offshore turbines. If we look into the future, I would expect that by 2025, the costs from offshore can be competitive. With regard to competitiveness, you also have to realise that if you count externality costs, both offshore wind and PV [photovoltaics] have lower societal costs than fossil fuels, due to the health cost of emissions and CO2 emissions having other adverse effects. But these things are very hard to put an actual figure on. [ read more … ]

Iowa transmission line powers new Lakes area wind farms

By RUSS OECHSLIN, Sioux City Jornal  •    •  Posted 2016-04-26 06:42:07

Two new wind farms are in the final planning stages in Dickinson and Emmet counties as a result of a new high-voltage transmission line being constructed by MidAmerican Energy Co.
The NorthStar and Red Rock wind farms are planned as 200 and 300 megawatt farms, respectively, according to organizer Al Blum, of Estherville. He estimated the total project costs at about $700 million, depending on the size and number of turbines erected. Blum said he expects to have a full announcement about the privately-owned projects by the end of the summer.
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With wind profits, ‘I will build a new house’ — Danish farmer

By CBS News  •    •  Posted 2016-04-26 06:44:55

he Danish island of Samsø has reduced its greenhouse gas output to nearly nothing by using renewable energy. “We like the turbines better now because we own them,” said Søren Hermansen, a leader in the city’s local-driven movement. “We don’t have the discussion about ‘they are ugly on the landscape,’ we don’t have noise problems, and the birds, for some reason, don’t die around these turbines.” [ read more … ]

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