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August 29, 2016

States reviewing clean energy projects for New England Region

By SUSAN HAIGH Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2016-08-29 04:35:00

Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island officials and electric utilities have joined together in evaluating more than 50 solicitations from energy companies to build in the region, generating power for all three states. The three southern New England states hope to leverage their combined purchasing power and attract wind, solar and fuel cell projects they possibly couldn’t lure on their own. The goal is to lower consumers’ utility costs in a high-price region of the country. [ read more … ]

Editorial: The Unlimited Power of Ocean Winds

By THE EDITORIAL BOARD, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2016-08-29 04:35:28

The first offshore wind farm in American waters, near Block Island, R.I., was completed this month. With just five turbines, the farm won’t make much of a dent in the nation’s reliance on fossil fuels, but it shows the promise this renewable energy source could have. When the turbines start spinning in November, they will power the island, which currently relies on diesel generators, and will also send electricity to the rest of Rhode Island. Putting windmills offshore, where the wind is stronger and more reliable than on land, could theoretically provide about four times the amount of electricity as is generated on the American grid today from all sources. This resource could be readily accessible to areas on the coasts, where 53 percent of Americans live. [ read more … ]

Iowa Utilities Board approves huge wind energy project

By The Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2016-08-29 04:35:49

The Iowa Utilities Board has approved a wind turbine operation it says will be the nation’s largest wind energy project. Des Moines-based MidAmerican Energy is behind the planned $3.6 billion wind turbine operation that will generate up to 2,000 megawatts of electricity. MidAmerican Energy said that is enough 800,000 homes and the project will see 85 percent of the company’s Iowa customer needs met through wind energy by 2020.
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EPA pushes back comment deadline on early credit program to Nov. 1.

Emily Holden, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-08-29 04:36:15

U.S. EPA is giving commenters two extra months to submit their thoughts on a controversial portion of the Clean Power Plan. The agency yesterday extended the deadline for feedback on its Clean Energy Incentive Program (CEIP) to Nov. 1. The CEIP is voluntary and is meant to encourage early renewable power development and low-income energy efficiency projects. But many have suggested that as written, it may not work in the way the agency intends [ read more … ]

Power generation hitting new highs in U.S.

Christa Marshall, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-08-29 04:36:52

Renewable power generation reached new highs in every month of the first half of 2016 in comparison with all previous years, according to new data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The data document a string of renewable records this year. In March and April, non-hydropower renewables such as wind and solar provided 10 percent of the nation’s electricity for the first time, for example. In January through June, renewable electricity generation hovered about 10 billion kilowatt-hours above the average for each mon [ read more … ]

GE Summons Enron’s Ghost as First U.S. Offshore Wind Farm Rises

By Rick Clough, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2016-08-29 04:33:53

Blade by blade, General Electric Co. is building part of its future a few miles off the Rhode Island coast, turning a one-time piece of Enron Corp. into a global renewable-energy business. GE shipped 400-ton nacelles and other massive equipment from its factories in Europe to Providence this summer to outfit the Block Island project, the first offshore wind farm in the U.S. The turbines — each about twice the height of the Statue of Liberty — were installed last week and are set to go online later this year. [ read more … ]

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