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August 28, 2017

Harvey Set to Overpower Wind in State Generating the Most

By Brian Eckhouse , Chris Martin , and Ryan Collins, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2017-08-28 04:29:28

One of the worst things that can happen to a wind farm is too much wind. Hurricane Harvey was packing top winds of 115 miles (185 kilometers) an hour on Saturday, according to a National Hurricane Center advisory. That’s more than twice the 55 miles-an-hour speed that prompts many turbines to shut off. The result: The storm could knock out between 2.1 and 3.6 gigawatts of power near the Texas coast. [ read more … ]

Why Apple, Facebook, Microsoft and Google Are Flocking to Iowa

By Natalie Walters, The Street  •    •  Posted 2017-08-28 04:30:00

The midwestern state is the prime location for renewable energy projects. Iowa passed one of the first Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) in the country in 1983. The state is also ranked first in the U.S. for wind energy with 36% of its electricity coming from wind power, meaning Iowa can provide the renewable energy Apple and other tech giants need more than other states. [ read more … ]

We’ve been underestimating the solar industry’s momentum. That could be a big problem.

By Chelsea Harvey, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2017-08-28 04:32:48

Analysts have been underestimating the expansion of solar energy for nearly two decades, scientists report in a new study released Friday. And that could be a serious problem for the industry and, maybe, the planet.The new paperpoints out that the deployment of solar energy has consistently outperformed the predictions made by so-called “integrated assessment models,” which are commonly used to evaluate the ways different social, economic and technological factors might mitigate climate change, since at least 1998. For instance, the International Energy Agency has repeatedly predicted growth rates for solar deployment that are anywhere from 16 to 30 percent lower than their actual rates end up being. [ read more … ]

Contentious El Paso rate case headed for settlement

By Ryan Maye Handy, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2017-08-28 04:31:31

A contentious utility rate case in El Paso is headed for a settlement, after the city’s electric utility and residents have fought over proposed rate increases for customers with rooftop solar power. Earlier this year, El Paso Electric, an investor-owned utility that services El Paso and areas of New Mexico, announced that it wanted to separate 2,800 customers with rooftop solar into their own rate class. The new rates could raise bills for those customers by as much as 100 percent. [ read more … ]

Where to spend $1.5B in cap-and-trade revenue?

Anne C. Mulkern, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-08-28 04:31:57

California’s Legislature is debating how to spend about $1.5 billion in revenue from the state’s cap-and-trade program for carbon dioxide emissions in the next year, with the potential for far more in years ahead. The $1.5 billion reflects the amount projected for the upcoming fiscal year plus an existing pool of unspent funds, a fiscal analyst told the state Senate Budget Subcommittee on Resources, Environmental Protection, Energy and Transportation at a hearing yesterday. [ read more … ]

California continues to lead the US in renewable energy

By Mallory Locklear, Engadet  •    •  Posted 2017-08-28 04:32:15

In 2006, California adopted aggressive legislation aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions and boosting renewable energy production throughout the state. And since then, the state has been tracking its progress through its annual California Green Innovation Index report. The ninth report was just released this week and it shows that the state has made some major progress towards its renewable energy goals while hitting a bit of a bump in regards to its emission reductions. [ read more … ]

90% of DOE’s political jobs are unfilled

Umair Irfan, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-08-28 04:33:54

Eight months into the Trump administration, DOE has just two Congress-confirmed appointees and three pending nominees, out of 22 political positions at the agency. Without enough people at the helm, many of the more than 13,000 civil servants at the sprawling $30 billion agency can’t fully commit to their work, and some have their eyes on the exit, according to observers. [ read more … ]

Op-Ed: DOE Grid Study Exposes Policy Irony

By Ernie Shea, 25×25  •    •  Posted 2017-08-28 04:34:17

The release late Wednesday night of the long-awaited DOE grid study brought with it some relief for renewable energy advocates. The study, requested by Energy Secretary Rick Perry, verified what the DOE, the department’s national laboratories, academic and the energy sector itself have said for several years: the decline in coal- and nuclear-fueled “baseload” power is principally attributable to the rise of cheap natural gas price. [ read more … ]

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