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August 18, 2017

What Happens to Solar Power in an Eclipse? We’ll Find Out Monday

By BRAD PLUMER, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2017-08-18 06:49:04

For months, the nation’s grid overseers have been preparing for any disruptions in solar power that the eclipse might cause, by running models and training operators in simulators for worst-case scenarios. Because solar still provides less than 1 percent of electricity nationwide, regulators are confident that the lights will stay on, other energy sources will compensate and the costs will be minimal. [ read more … ]

Missouri Nixes $2.5 Billion Line to Bring Wind Power to the Midwest

By Brian Eckhouse, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2017-08-18 06:49:26

A proposed $2.5 billion transmission line to bring cheap Kansas wind power to the Midwest was rejected by Missouri, which said the project failed to get all needed county approvals. Clean Line Energy Partners LLC’s Grain Belt Express project is intended to transport about 4,000 megawatts of wind power from western Kansas to Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and neighboring states. The rationale: while untapped wind howling across Oklahoma and Kansas could generate more electricity than a dozen nuclear plants, it’s captive without a shipping route.
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US wind and solar power helped prevent up to 12,700 deaths

by Ian Johnston, The Independent  •    •  Posted 2017-08-18 06:49:49

The massive increase in wind and solar energy helped prevent the premature deaths of up to 12,700 people over a nine-year period in the US, according to new research which illustrates the wider benefits of ditching fossil fuels beyond limiting global warming. The lower carbon emissions were worth billions of dollars as a result of the avoidance of the range of problems caused by fossil fuels, according to a paper about the study published in the journal, Nature Energy. [ read more … ]

4 Emerging Trends in U.S. Offshore Wind Technologies

By DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy  •    •  Posted 2017-08-18 06:50:10

As global project costs continue to drop, America is building on the momentum of its first commercial offshore wind farm. The Block Island Wind Farm, off the coast of Rhode Island, is expected to produce enough electricity to power about 17,000 homes—and that’s just the beginning. According to a recent report from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) more projects are underway as four significant trends are emerging in this growing energy market.   [ read more … ]

Offshore-Wind True Believers Remain Optimistic About New Jersey

By Tom Johnson, NJSpotlight  •    •  Posted 2017-08-18 06:50:28

At a conference in Atlantic City, the Business Network for Offshore Wind outlined steps to resuscitate the state’s offshore wind program, including increasing the commitment to build at least 3,500 megawatts of capacity, up from the existing target of 1,100 megawatts. That would be an ambitious goal — given the repeated missteps and delays the industry has encountered in New Jersey. Although a law designed to spur offshore wind farms along the coast was passed in 2010, not a single project has won state approval. [ read more … ]

Statoil beefs up floater future

By Renewable Energy News  •    •  Posted 2017-08-18 06:50:48

Statoil is planning to scale up future floating wind farms larger than its in-construction 30MW Hywind Scotland pilot project to support oil and gas platforms off Norway. Replacing the gas generators that power its North Sea installations with floating wind turbines could be “the next step” for the technology, the company said. [ read more … ]

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