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September 13, 2016

Appropriations: Agencies getting used to ‘circus’ on spending

  •  George Cahlink, E&E reporter  •  Posted 2016-09-13 06:52:56

The federal bureaucracy will soon be dealing with the impact of lawmakers failing to finalize spending negotiations before the new fiscal year begins on Oct. 1. As congressional leaders wrestle with the politics of a new appropriations plan, departments will have to wait for new money. The reality is not new for agencies, like U.S. EPA and the Interior Department, because Congress has rarely finished its annual appropriations work on time over the past two decades. [ read more … ]

Wind power is going to get a lot cheaper as wind turbines get even more enormous

By Chris Mooney, Washington Post  •  George Cahlink, E&E reporter  •  Posted 2016-09-13 06:51:33

In a nugget of very good news for the renewable energy sector, a survey of 163 wind energy experts has found that in the coming decades, the cost of electricity generated by wind should plunge, by between 24 and 30 percent by the year 2030, and even further by the middle of the century. One key reason? New wind projects are about to get even more massive, in both the offshore and onshore sectors. As turbines get taller and access stronger winds, and as rotors increase in diameter, it becomes possible to generate ever more electricity from a single turbine. [ read more … ]

Easing offshore challenges, officials hope for more turbines ‘soon’

Daniel Cusick, E&E reporter  •  George Cahlink, E&E reporter  •  Posted 2016-09-13 06:52:34

Tradition holds that when the Energy and Interior secretaries leave Washington to tout a major energy play, it usually involves a mineral deposit, oil and gas field, or renewable energy site in the Interior West, where the government’s resource management footprint is large and highly visible. But last week, officials revealed that the nation’s largest untapped energy resource is nowhere near the Bakken Shale oil patch of North Dakota, the coal fields of Wyoming or the sun-soaked California desert. Instead, it’s just off the Eastern Seaboard, where 86 gigawatts of wind energy is waiting to be tapped by private developers with the help of government agencies, according to the Obama administration. [ read more … ]

DONG Energy Installs World’s Largest Wind Turbine

By Joshua S Hill, CleanTechnica  •  George Cahlink, E&E reporter  •  Posted 2016-09-13 06:54:29

DONG Energy announced last week that it had successfully completed the installation of the first of thirty-two 8 MW wind turbines at the Burbo Bank Extension offshore wind farm which it is developing, currently under construction in Liverpool Bay, off the west coast of England. The 8 MW wind turbines, built by Vestas, are the largest in the world, standing at 195 meters — in excess of two Big Bens.
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Just how much lower can wind power costs drop?

By David Ward, AWEA Blog  •  George Cahlink, E&E reporter  •  Posted 2016-09-13 06:51:55

If you’ve been doing your homework, then by now you should know that wind power in the U.S. is on sale. Thanks to performance-based tax policy (the bipartisan-supported Production Tax Credit) attracting new investment and driving innovation, wind power’s costs dropped by two-thirds over just six years. Now you can start studying for your next assignment, with newly published research from one of the country’s top national laboratories, one otherwise known for participating in the Manhattan Project, among other critically important scientific endeavors.
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Solar Construction expands at ‘eye-popping’ pace

Daniel Cusick, E&E reporter  •  George Cahlink, E&E reporter  •  Posted 2016-09-13 06:53:54

U.S. solar firms installed more than 2 gigawatts of photovoltaic capacity between April and June, a 43 percent increase over the same period in 2015 and the fifth largest quarterly growth in the industry’s history, according to data released this morning by GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association. The latest figures, rolled out at the annual Solar Power International conference in Las Vegas, reflect solar’s surging popularity outside its traditional markets. They also add credence to the notion that sunlight is a cost-competitive fuel for electricity generation against nearly every other resource, including natural g [ read more … ]

State’s new climate law could resonate across nation — if Clinton wins

Debra Kahn and Anne C. Mulkern, E&E reporters  •  George Cahlink, E&E reporter  •  Posted 2016-09-13 06:54:59

“The most important thing about S.B. 32 is that it shows that this whole effort in California to address climate change and to be assertive in addressing climate change is embraced by the Legislature, and was embraced by a previous Legislature, a previous governor of a different party,” Phillips said. “It shows that this is a core value that runs through more than one generation of legislators and governors. Because it is, it sends a pretty powerful signal to the polluting industries. This isn’t just a blip. This means you guys really have to change what you’re doing.” [ read more … ]

New electric bus has longer range than a Tesla

  •  George Cahlink, E&E reporter  •  Posted 2016-09-13 04:23:52

Electric bus company Proterra Inc. unveiled its latest Catalyst E2 series at the American Public Transportation Association’s annual meeting in Los Angeles today. The electric bus has a storage capacity of 440 to 660 kilowatt-hours and a range of roughly 350 miles between charges. The Catalyst E2, which can accommodate 77 passengers, has a longer range than either the Tesla Model S or a Tesla Model 3, which can travel 315 and 215 miles between charges, respectively.
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