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April 21, 2017

Gigantic Wind Turbines Signal Era of Subsidy-Free Green Power

by Jess Shankleman , Brian Parkin , and Anna Hirtenstein, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2017-04-21 06:20:23

Offshore wind turbines are about to become higher than the Eiffel Tower, allowing the industry to supply subsidy-free clean power to the grid on a massive scale for the first time. Manufacturers led by Siemens AG are working to almost double the capacity of the current range of turbines, which already have wing spans that surpass those of the largest jumbo jets. The expectation those machines will be on the market by 2025 was at the heart of contracts won by German and Danish developers last week to supply electricity from offshore wind farms at market prices by 2025. [ read more … ]

Red states among renewable energy leaders

Kavya Balaraman, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-04-21 06:21:01

Wyoming might be in coal country, but it’s also leading the country in renewable energy capacity, a new report finds. Wyoming’s expanding wind sector has placed it at the top of a ranking of states’ clean energy development by the Union of Concerned Scientists. The report found that renewable sources account for all of the new power plant capacity added to the state between 2016 and 2019. Wyoming also leads in terms of renewable energy development per capita. [ read more … ]

Trump Admin. Outlines Global Solar Plan: 10 Terawatts By 2030

By Tina Casey, Clean Technica  •    •  Posted 2017-04-21 06:21:24

President Trump talks a great game when it comes to US coal miners and coal jobs but he sure is walking the renewables walk. The latest item in the flood of renewable energy news pouring from the Energy Department since Inauguration Day is a new study that charts a do-able path for global energy producers to harvest 5-10 terawatts of solar power by 2030. That’s quite a big feat considering that the current scope of global solar generation is still measured in gigawatts, but then again President Trump is known to be a huge fan of the bigly. [ read more … ]

Perry hints at big policy shifts with coal group

Umair Irfan, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-04-21 06:21:45

Energy Secretary Rick Perry hinted at upcoming policy changes as he spoke to an advisory group about innovation in coal power. “I didn’t come here to do inconsequential things,” Perry told the National Coal Council, an independently funded advisory group to the Department of Energy, at its annual meeting in Alexandria, Va. “I came to serve a president with a clear and bold vision for this country.” [ read more … ]

City Of South Lake Tahoe Makes 100% Renewables Pledge

By North American Wind Power  •    •  Posted 2017-04-21 06:23:05

On Tuesday, the South Lake Tahoe city council approved a measure establishing a goal of transitioning the community entirely to renewable sources of electricity by 2032. In concert with the city council’s vote, South Lake Tahoe Mayor Austin Sass has also signed on to the I AM PRO SNOW program’s 100% Committed campaign, part of The Climate Reality Project. [ read more … ]

Wind power play for oil

By Renewable Energy News  •    •  Posted 2017-04-21 06:22:31

The technical feasibility of using wind power to assist in offshore oil extraction has been established in the first phase of a new project. The venture, led by DNV GL and involving ExxonMobil and Eni, found that wind could be used to power water injection in a manner that is cost competitive with conventional extraction methods. The process involves using a floating wind turbine to power an injecting process capable of sufficiently pressurising reservoirs to encourage oil extraction. [ read more … ]

Federal court kills large wind energy project in southeast Oregon

By The Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2017-04-21 06:22:11

A federal court has killed a large wind energy project in southeast Oregon over concerns about a declining sage grouse population that needs the area to breed. The U.S. District Court in Portland vacated plans for the project Tuesday, bringing an end to lengthy litigation over the proposal by Columbia Energy Partners. The project proposal was for wind energy development on roughly 10,500 acres of private land in Harney County near Steens Mountain.
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