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November 29, 2017

Senate overhaul inches closer toward passage

Geof Koss, Kellie Lunney and Nick Sobczyk, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2017-11-29 06:51:09

Senate Republicans appear to be making headway in their efforts to rewrite the tax code — and open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling — after clearing a key committee hurdle yesterday. The Senate Budget Committee voted 12-11 along party lines to report the chamber’s budget reconciliation package — the vehicle for tax reform — to the floor, with GOP leaders indicating they’ll try to pass it before the end of the week. [ read more … ]

Proposed Tax Plan Could Hurt Michigan’s Wind Industry

By Rebecca Thiele, Michigan Public Radio  •    •  Posted 2017-11-29 06:51:40

Opponents say the proposed federal tax plan working its way through the Senate could stunt the growth of wind energy in Michigan. A trade group says it would make it harder for companies to recover the cost of building wind turbines through tax credits. Evan Vaughn is the spokesman for the American Wind Energy Association. He says many companies have already paid large upfront costs on their projects thinking they would get [ read more … ]

E.P.A. Heads to Coal Country to Hear Views on an Obama Climate Rule

By JOHN SCHWARTZ, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2017-11-29 06:52:05

The Environmental Protection Agency convened a public hearing on Tuesday on its plan to roll back the signature climate change rule of the Obama administration. More than 270 people signed up to speak. The regulation, known as Clean Power Plan, would require states to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, particularly those that burn coal. The plan, finalized in 2015, would have accelerated a shift already underway from coal-generated power to natural gas and renewable energy sources like wind and solar power. [ read more … ]

Wind power capacity moves past coal in Texas

By The Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2017-11-29 06:52:18

Wind power capacity has surpassed that of coal in Texas. The Houston Chronicle reports that the Electric Reliability Council of Texas says that the start of commercial operations at a 155-megawatt wind farm in West Texas this month pushed the state’s wind power capacity to more than 20,000 megawatts. That surpasses the 19,800 megawatts of capacity from coal-fired power plants.
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Wind Catcher could keep Northwest Oklahoma communities strong, local stakeholder says

By Michaela Marx Wheatley, The Daily Oklahoman  •    •  Posted 2017-11-29 06:52:35

Matt Gard, an Oklahoma farmer, still works the land that his family claimed during the Oklahoma Land Run. On Centennial Farm in northwest Oklahoma, he raises a small cattle herd, grows canola and wheat part of the year; milo and cotton the other half of the year. He is among several landowners in the region, who have been carefully following Public Service Company of Oklahoma’s  Wind Catcher Energy Connection project – a massive wind energy project involving 800 turbines in the Oklahoma Panhandle and a dedicated power line to take the electricity to customers. [ read more … ]

More wind energy on the horizon for Ameren Missouri’s corporate and municipal customers

By Eli Chen, St.Louis Public Radio  •    •  Posted 2017-11-29 06:52:58

In a couple of years, Missouri cities and corporations could be receiving more electricity from wind power as Ameren Missouri ramps up its wind power facilities. The utility filed a proposal with the Missouri Public Service Commission on Monday to give its largest customers the opportunity to participate the Renewable Choice Program, which would supply them with electricity from wind power. Ameren Missouri generates 100 megawatts of its electricity supply from wind, but in September, it announced plans to add 700 more megawatts of wind to its portfolio — which is roughly equivalent to serving 200,000 homes. [ read more … ]

Meet ‘the Captain,’ the father of modern turbines

John Fialka, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-11-29 06:53:32

During the mid-1970s, a young engineering student, Charles “Sandy” Butterfield, met a professor who didn’t need a weather vane to know which way the wind was blowing in the U.S. energy business. His name was William E. Heronemus, and he was very sure of himself. The future, Heronemus told his students at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, was going to be electricity generated by wind turbines. They would be large windmill-like structures that made power on land or on platforms floating in the ocean. Their future would be secure because there would be trouble with imported oil, Heronemus predicted before the Arab oil embargo of 1973. He also warned that nuclear power would become increasingly problematic decades before Japan’s disaster at Fukushima in 2011. [ read more … ]

German Wind Power Beats Hard Coal, Nuclear Power for First Time

By Brian Parkin, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2017-11-29 06:53:49

Power generated this year by onshore and offshore wind in Germany exceeded the amount of electricity coming from hard coal and nuclear plants for the first time, the Fraunhofer ISE institute said on its website. [ read more … ]

Air pollution is making you worse at your job

By Christopher Ingraham, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2017-11-29 06:53:13

Poor outdoor air quality is likely to have a negative impact on your job performance, even if you work indoors at a desk, according to a new working paper from researchers at Germany’s Leibniz University and the Columbia Business School. For years, researchers have been connecting the dots between air pollution and poor job performance: In 2011, for instance, a study found that outdoor agricultural workers’ productivity declined as atmospheric ozone levels increased. A 2014 follow-up study found that indoor blue collar workers were similarly affected by levels of outdoor air pollution [ read more … ]

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