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September 7, 2016

Conference huddle to offer clues on reform prospects

Geof Koss, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-09-07 06:42:16

With the clock ticking on the 114th Congress, House and Senate conferees will sit down this week for the first time in public to see whether they can buck the odds and pass the first comprehensive energy reform package in nearly a decade. The chairmen and ranking members on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, House Energy and Commerce Committee, and Natural Resources Committee spent weeks this summer discussing whether going to conference was worth the trouble. [ read more … ]

Mega-wind farm moves forward; will others follow?

Daniel Cusick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-09-07 06:42:48

The largest planned wind energy project in U.S. history cleared a key hurdle late last month as Iowa regulators ruled that MidAmerican Energy Co. could proceed with a $3.6 billion mega-wind farm to be built over the next three years. The 2,000-megawatt Wind XI project, to be built at a half-dozen sites across Iowa, would become the largest operating wind farm in the United States if completed on schedule by 2019. It is one of a small number of proposals currently in the development pipeline that call for generating wind energy at the scale of a baseload coal or nuclear plant. [ read more … ]

Slate: Iowa is ‘most impressive state for clean energy’

By Linh Ta, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted 2016-09-07 06:43:46

The most impressive place for clean energy isn’t some coastal state, like California or New York. It’s right here in Iowa, home to some of the nation’s mightiest wind energy, writes Daniel Gross, a longtime Slate contributor and editor for The Daily Beast and Newsweek. [ read more … ]

Why large-scale wind power is so hard to build

By Michael McDonald, USAToday  •    •  Posted 2016-09-07 06:43:11

The Bureau of Land Management faces a problem and wants to shake up the rules around wind farm approvals. The problem is straight-forward on its face, but difficult to reconcile logically: Why are so few new large-scale wind projects being built? Despite the fact that nearly everyone – environmentalists, government regulators, and business interests –wants to build more wind farms, precious few are making it over the goal line. [ read more … ]

At nation’s first offshore wind farm in R.I., it’s almost harvest time

By Alex Kuffner, Providence Journal  •    •  Posted 2016-09-07 06:44:12

When a gigantic crane ship mounted the final blade on the final turbine of the Block Island Wind Farm, Deepwater Wind definitively answered one question that had dogged the Providence company and like-minded developers for years. Yes, an offshore wind farm can be built in the United States. But with that milestone a couple of weeks ago comes more questions whose answers will determine whether history looks back at the test project as a success or a failure: [ read more … ]

Gov. Brown, lawmakers strike deal on cap-and-trade spending

Anne C. Mulkern, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-09-07 06:44:35

California will spend $900 million in revenues raised by its cap-and-trade program for carbon emissions and hold back $462 million for later under a deal reached yesterday by Gov. Jerry Brown (D) and Senate and Assembly leaders. Funds will go to local transit and rail; rebates for electric and other clean cars; efforts attacking short-lived climate pollutants; paying for solar, insulation and other energy upgrades on homes of low-income residents; and adding green spaces to low-income neighborhoods.
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