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February 12, 2018

Transmission: Impossible? Logistics, bureaucracy choke wind power plan

By Bryce Gray, St. Louis Post-Dispatch  •    •  Posted 2018-02-12 04:31:10

Transmission challenges aren’t new, nor are they unique to a certain part of the nation. But the rise of cheap renewable energy in far-flung parts of the country is creating new — but tedious — scrambles to connect it to consumers. “Whether it’s solar in the Southwest or wind in the Plains, building transmission gets that cheap electricity out (to customers),” said Aaron Bloom, who manages a team of engineers that looks at national power system planning for the Grid Systems Analysis Group at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Colorado. “There’s quite a bit of value in joining together,” [ read more … ]

Oklahoma Pulling Up Red Carpet Offered to Wind Industry

By Sean Murphy, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2018-02-12 04:31:39

As Oklahoma sought to diversify its oil-and-gas powered economy in the early 2000s, policymakers rolled out the red carpet for the burgeoning wind industry, offering generous state tax incentives and access to windy, inexpensive tracts of land. The industry exploded from virtually nothing in 2002 to 7,495 megawatts of capacity last year, ranking it No. 2 nationally in installed wind capacity behind neighboring Texas to the south. More than 3,700 giant turbines now dot vast swathes of central and western Oklahoma’s rural landscape. [ read more … ]

100-turbine wind farm proposed near Iowa-Minnesota border

By Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted 2018-02-12 04:31:57

A proposed wind energy project could add 100 turbines in southern Minnesota’s Freeborn County and northern Iowa’s Worth County. The Freeborn Wind Farm is planned for 40,000 acres near Glenville. Consultants spoke to the Albert Lea City Council on Thursday night to provide an overview of the project, which needs permit approval from the Minnesota Public Utility Commission. The wind farm has been approved at the county level in Iowa. [ read more … ]

Wyo. lawmakers float bill to sue Wash. over terminal blockade

Dylan Brown, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-02-12 04:32:17

Wyoming lawmakers want to sue the state of Washington for blocking construction of a proposed export terminal that would ship their state’s coal overseas. A group of Republican state House members led by Natrona County Rep. Chuck Gray sponsored H.B. 123 to authorize and fund a lawsuit over the Millennium Bulk Terminals in Longview, Wash. [ read more … ]

Tesla May Be About to Lose Its Throne as King of Rooftop Solar

By Brian Eckhouse, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2018-02-12 04:32:47

Tesla Inc. may be losing the lead in the rooftop solar market. The company installed 87 megawatts of solar systems in the fourth quarter, according to a statementWednesday. That’s down from the 201 megawatts installed in the same quarter a year earlier and the lowest since it paid $2 billion in 2016 to buy SolarCity — the company that helped jumpstart the U.S. rooftop solar industry. Tesla said one reason for the decline is a shift away from door-to-door sales. A Tesla spokeswoman declined to comment. [ read more … ]

South Korea hits back at U.S. tariffs with WTO challenge

By Tom Miles, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2018-02-10 06:51:09

South Korea has hit back rapidly at U.S. tariffs on washing machines and solar panels, filing challenges and demands for compensation at the World Trade Organization. The WTO published the South Korean complaints on Thursday two days after U.S. President Donald Trump signed the steep tariffs into law. He billed the move as a way to protect American jobs but the solar industry said it would lead to thousands of layoffs and raise consumer prices.
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Op-Ed: New projections play up coal while downplaying renewables — that’s not reality

By Daniel Cohan, The Hill  •    •  Posted 2018-02-12 04:33:30

Released by the Energy Information Administration (EIA) on Tuesday, the Annual Energy Outlook projects all aspects of U.S. energy through the year 2050. Previous domestic and international outlooks have been plagued by poor assumptions that cause them to severely underestimate renewables and overestimate coal. My initial look at the latest release suggests that those errors persist. [ read more … ]

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