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June 27, 2016

Study Links 6.5 Million Deaths Each Year to Air Pollution

By STANLEY REED, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2016-06-27 06:32:22

A sobering report released on Monday by the International Energy Agency says air pollution has become a major public health crisis leading to around 6.5 million deaths each year, with “many of its root causes and cures” found in the energy industry. The air pollution study is the first for the agency, an energy security group based in Paris, which is expanding its mission under its executive director, Fatih Birol. Mr. Birol said that through relatively low-cost actions, like adopting more ambitious clean air standards and more effective policies for monitoring and enforcement, countries could make major strides in reducing pollution over the next quarter-century. [ read more … ]

Court delays fight over new power plant rule

Robin Bravender, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-06-27 04:37:46

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit Friday granted a request by states, industries and other opponents of EPA’s climate rule to delay the schedule for filing briefs in the case. The court refused to adopt EPA’s proposal in its orde. Instead, the judges asked the parties to submit motions to consolidate challenges against EPA by July 12 and suggestions for a new briefing schedule by Aug. 4.
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Hawaii offshore wind projects get boost from Obama administration

By James Prichard, Pacific Business News  •    •  Posted 2016-06-27 04:38:12

In consultation with the Hawaii Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Task Force, the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management issued a call for information to gauge the offshore wind industry’s interest in acquiring commercial wind leases in two areas encompassing a combined 485,000 acres of submerged federal lands off Oahu. The bureau also opened a 45-day public comment period on site conditions, resources and other uses in and near those areas. Hawaii has a mandate of attaining 100 percent clean-energy generation by 2045. [ read more … ]

Nebraska working to catch up on wind energy

By Chinh Doan, KETV  •    •  Posted 2016-06-27 04:38:30

After watching Iowa and other states harness the wind, Nebraska is working to catch up. New incentives are helping to build the largest wind farm in the state, in which 200 turbines will turn over farmland in Holt County by the end of the year. Developers can’t wait, but some neighbors said it’s too much, too fast. Wind turbines are changing the landscape in north-central Nebraska. The Grande Prairie Wind Farm near O’Neill will include 200 turbines when it’s completed later this year, making it Nebraska’s largest wind farm. [ read more … ]

Large-scale Calif. project revived after being left for dead

Scott Streater, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-06-27 04:38:56

A San Diego-based renewable energy company is attempting to revive a long-proposed utility-scale solar power project that appeared dead earlier this year after its Spain-based developer went bankrupt. EDF Renewable Energy Inc. has filed a new permit application with the Bureau of Land Management to build the Palen Solar Power Project on about 4,200 acres of federal land in Riverside County in Southern California. [ read more … ]

Ames takes another step toward solar energy

By Austin Harrington, Staff Writer, Ames Tribune  •    •  Posted 2016-06-27 04:39:49

In an effort to make the city friendlier to solar energy, Ames officials are beginning an application process to be included in a federal program that is designed to decrease the hurdles associated with solar energy. SolSmart is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy to recognize communities that have taken key steps to address local barriers to solar energy and foster the growth of mature local solar markets, according to the program’s website. The Ames City Council approved the application process in early June after the Ames Progressive Alliance brought the initiative to the city’s attention [ read more … ]

LM Wind Rolls Out Longest Wind Rotor Almost Size of Soccer Field

By Brian Parkin, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2016-06-27 04:39:17

The rotor is strong enough to carry 10 elephants, Kolding, Denmark-based LM said in an e-mailed statement on Thursday. It was requested by Adwen Offshore SL for its AD 8-180 turbine, which has capacity to produce 8 megawatts of power. A soccer field must be at least 100 meters, according to FIFA rules.
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