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June 2, 2016

Carbon planning under legal stay moves behind closed doors

Emily Holden, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-06-02 04:47:44

Across the country, state officials, power companies and environmental advocates are participating in closed-door meetings to discuss the future of the Clean Power Plan. While state agencies have made parts of their planning talks public, transparency experts say the common practice of holding parallel private discussions could deprive people of insight into preparations for a regulation that stands to affect power prices and public health for decades to come. They also say it may give utilities an early opportunity to sway discussions to their benefit. [ read more … ]

Italian firm plans $56 million wind project in central Iowa

By Donnelle Eller, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted 2016-06-02 04:48:05

An Italian company says it has reached an agreement to build a $56 million wind farm in central Iowa with the capacity to generate 30 megawatts of energy. Building Energy SPA said its subsidiary, Building Energy Wind Iowa, will provide $23 million of the project cost, with Capital One Bank kicking in $33 million. The project, consisting of 10 wind turbines, is the groups’ first in Iowa and is slated to be constructed in Story, Boone, Hardin and Poweshiek counties. [ read more … ]

Nebraska wind farm decision delayed

By The Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2016-06-02 04:48:36

A proposed wind farm has been delayed in Antelope County near Neigh. A crowd of about 300 people attended a public hearing Tuesday to discuss the proposed wind farm that’s expected to have about 160 turbines. [ read more … ]

Solar for less than a McDonald’s coffee? It’s coming

Daniel Cusick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-06-02 04:48:57

Utility-scale solar power will reach a critical price benchmark by the end of the decade, falling below $1 per watt for fixed-tilt ground-mounted photovoltaic systems, according to new projections published today by GTM Research. The finding, included in GTM’s latest U.S. solar PV price brief, maintains that upfront installed costs for large, ground-mounted systems will drop 21 percent in four years, from $1.26 per watt today to $0.99 in 2020, riding a nearly decadelong downward price curve. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy’s Rustic Years Are Over

By Daniel Gross, Slate  •    •  Posted 2016-06-02 04:49:25

In the middle of the sprawling Ernest N. Morial Convention Center this week, an executive from German industrial giant Siemens gave a quick history of the offshore wind turbine. The first turbine that Siemens planted in the North Sea off of Denmark 25 years ago had a generating capacity of 450 kilowatts and barely stood above the waves. Today, he explained, as waves of people drifted past, Siemens builds massive turbines with blades that are roughly equivalent to the wingspan of a jetliner—and that can generate nearly 16 times as much power. [ read more … ]

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