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August 25, 2017

Apple’s billion-dollar data center ‘puts Iowa on world stage’

By Kevin Hardy,Kim Norvell and Patt Johnson, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted 2017-08-25 06:37:43

Apple is the fourth tech giant to establish roots in Iowa, following Google in Council Bluffs, Facebook in Altoona and Microsoft in West Des Moines. The state attracts massive data centers because of its available crop land, access to high-speed fiber optics and low risk for natural disasters. Cook said Iowa’s commitments to education in science, technology, engineering and math fields (STEM) and to renewable energy, including a growing portfolio of power derived from wind energy, is admirable. “And we want to be a part of it,” he said. [ read more … ]

Why Iowa is giving Apple $208 million for a project that will create 50 full-time jobs

By Danielle Paquette, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2017-08-25 06:38:02

Over the past 20 months, state and local officials have worked with the company to find a location for the new facilities. The data centers, which will run on wind energy from the state, will support North American customers who use iPhone functions such as iMessage and Siri.   [ read more … ]

Grassley praises grid study for treating wind power ‘fairly’

Christa Marshall, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-08-25 06:38:33

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) is singing the praises of the Department of Energy’s long-awaited grid study after slamming it months ago as a “hastily developed” analysis. In a statement this afternoon, Grassley — a longtime supporter of wind power — said the report treats the industry “fairly.” [ read more … ]

‘If it’s a plan to save coal, it’s not a very good one’

Hannah Northey, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-08-25 06:38:56

A “schizophrenic” attempt to rescue the coal industry. A level-headed assessment. A “nothing burger.” That’s a sampling of reactions to the release late yesterday of a much-hyped, long-awaited report from Energy Department staff in response to Secretary Rick Perry’s concerns about coal and nuclear plant closures. Some are calling the 187-page compilation of federal data a Rorschach test for energy policy wonks. [ read more … ]

Grid study omits climate change from final version

Umair Irfan, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-08-25 06:39:22

The Department of Energy removed the words “climate change” from the final version of the agency’s long-awaited study on electric grid stability. The only reference to rising average temperatures was in the context of rolling back environmental rules under Executive Order 13783.
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Top three takeaways from DOE’s grid study

By Michael Goggin, AWEA  •    •  Posted 2017-08-25 06:39:57

After months of speculation, the Department of Energy (DOE) released a much-anticipated study of the U.S. electric grid last night. It focused on a critical question—how do we make sure we keep the lights on for American families and businesses? [ read more … ]

New York, Fishermen Map Out Possible Conflicts At Sea To Help Clear Way For Future Wind Turbines

By Michael Wright,  •    •  Posted 2017-08-25 06:40:27

Commercial fishermen from throughout the South Fork last week pored over nautical charts showing the broad swaths of ocean south of Long Island being considered for future wind energy development by New York State—and saw a lot of the area where they harvest a living. But the state officials who hosted two open-house discussions with fishermen last week, one at Shinnecock Inlet and the other in Montauk, said that is exactly what they wanted the fishermen to point out to them—so they can work to reduce the impact. [ read more … ]

California Lawmakers Begin Push for 100% Clean Energy by 2045

By James Rainey, NBC News  •    •  Posted 2017-08-25 06:40:50

California could solidify its position as a global leader on the issue of climate change in the coming weeks, when the state Legislature considers a bill that would push for the state to obtain all its electricity from renewable sources by 2045. Hawaii is the only other state in America to have committed to that ambitious goal, but the 50th state is 1/15 the size of California and is home to just 3.5 percent as many people. [ read more … ]

New DOE Lab Report: How to Cut the Cost of Wind Energy in Half

By DOE’s EERE Office  •    •  Posted 2017-08-25 06:41:17

According to NREL, the wind plant of the future will use a collection of technologies that allow wind power plants and the turbines within them to not only respond to the atmosphere as an efficient, integrated system, but also to control the airflow within the plant to maximize power production. This approach is made possible by recent advances in supercomputing technology, which turns large sets of atmospheric and wind turbine operation data into a high-fidelity model. Industry can then use these government-driven scientific insights to design new wind turbine components, sensors, and controls. [ read more … ]

4 things to watch as Trump team readies Clean Power Plan rollback

Niina Heikkinen, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-08-25 06:41:37

Five months ago, Trump signed an executive order aimed at repealing the Obama-era rule, which would limit power plants’ greenhouse gas emissions. The Clean Power Plan is on hold for now, after the Supreme Court blocked it last year. A lawsuit challenging the rule in a lower court is also stalled after judges agreed to pause the case. Meanwhile, the White House and U.S. EPA chief Scott Pruitt are planning their next moves. [ read more … ]

Researchers suggest Exxon misled the public

Benjamin Hulac, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-08-25 06:41:55

Research released shows that Exxon Mobil Corp. expressed its knowledge of climate change differently to the public than in internal communications. In a paper published in Environmental Research Letters, two Harvard University researchers conclude that for nearly 40 years, Exxon behaved like two separate companies targeting two separate audiences. It published internal reports and peer-reviewed research saying that climate change was real, serious and man-made, while simultaneously telling citizens that climate science was far from settled. [ read more … ]

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