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August 23, 2016

Aging And Unstable, The Nation’s Electrical Grid Is ‘The Weakest Link’

By Dave Davies, Fresh Air, NPR  •    •  Posted 2016-08-23 06:53:03

There’s a lot of worry about fossil fuels these days. But our guest Gretchen Bakke says America does not run on gas, oil, coal or wind or solar power, at least not directly. Electricity, she says, is what powers most of what we use. And we’re relying on an electrical grid that’s increasingly unstable, underfunded and incapable of taking us to a new energy future. [ read more … ]

America’s First Offshore Wind Farm May Power Up a New Industry

By JUSTIN GILLIS, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2016-08-23 06:53:53

The towering machines stand a few miles from shore, in a precise line across the seafloor, as rigid in the ocean breeze as sailors reporting for duty. The blades are locked in place for now, but sometime in October, they will be turned loose to capture the power of the wind. And then, after weeks of testing and fine-tuning, America’s first offshore wind farm will begin pumping power into the New England electric grid. [ read more … ]

GE, Vestas maintain dominance of US wind market 

By Daniel Testa, SNL  •    •  Posted 2016-08-23 06:55:26

General Electric Co and Vestas Wind Systems A/S maintained their dominance of the U.S. wind power market in 2015 by capturing 73%, according to a new report by the U.S. Department of Energy. Siemens AG was also among the top three turbine suppliers in the U.S., with 14% of the market, compared to 40% for GE and 33% for Vestas. These and other trends were identified in the DOE’s “2015 Wind Technologies Market Report,” released Aug. 17, which illustrated growth for the wind industry on several fronts. [ read more … ]

Highways are next battleground in Obama’s climate agenda

Camille von Kaenel, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-08-23 06:55:01

Republicans and Democrats are waging a new climate fight over an Obama administration proposal to measure the success of highway projects by their greenhouse gas emissions. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is considering requiring state and local planning agencies to measure and report the greenhouse gas emissions of new transportation projects in a new set of performance standards (ClimateWire, April 19). It would be one of the Obama administration’s last chances to advance a regulation tackling climate change. [ read more … ]

University of Illinois researchers develop artificial leaf that turns CO2 into fuel

By Ally Marotti, Chicago Tribune  •    •  Posted 2016-08-23 06:55:46

University of Illinois at Chicago researchers have developed a way to mimic plants’ ability to convert carbon dioxide into fuel, a way to decrease the amounts of harmful gas in the atmosphere and produce clean energy. The artificial leaf essentially recycles carbon dioxide, said Amin Salehi-Khojin, assistant professor of mechanical and industrial engineering at UIC and lead researcher on the project. And it’s powered entirely by the sun, mimicking the real photosynthesis process. [ read more … ]

Fact Check: Transmission pays for itself, saves consumers money

By BETSY BECK, AWEA Blog  •    •  Posted 2016-08-23 06:54:32

Studies show that expanding America’s electricity grid to meet 21st century needs more than pays for itself, and can even result in significant consumer savings. Improved transmission planning could save American families and businesses up to $47 billion every year, according to a recent white paper from the Brattle Group. However, some groups remain unaware of these findings, wringing hands and missing the forest for the trees by focusing on upfront costs and ignoring long-term benefits. [ read more … ]

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