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July 11, 2012

BP wind program gaming out 4 scenarios on fate of PTC

Nick Juliano, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2012-07-11 12:45:00

As uncertainty over the fate of a key wind industry tax break seems likely to persist until at least the end of this year, officials at BP PLC are gaming out four scenarios for how their business will adapt depending on what Congress does, a top official at the company said yesterday. [ read more … ]

Natural gas generation matches coal for the first time in U.S. history

Mollie Bloudoff-Indelicato, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2012-07-11 12:45:23

The amount of electricity generated by natural gas matched coal generation for the first time in history, with each taking 32 percent of the market in April, U.S. officials say. According to an Energy Information Administration (EIA) report, natural gas produced 95.9 million megawatt-hours, narrowly missing coal, which generated 96 million megawatt-hours. The report data are still preliminary, but even if final numbers shift moderately, the trend holds major implications for renewables, the environment and the U.S. economy. [ read more … ]

So Much Data From Smart Meters, but Who Can Analyze It?

By DIANE CARDWELL, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2012-07-11 12:45:46

The rollout of smart meters, devices that can record and send reams of information on real-time electricity usage, has been anything but smooth. Customers have complained about inaccurate readings, being promised savings that never materialized, possible health hazards and threats to their privacy. But utilities have soldiered on. [ read more … ]

Enviro groups blast plan to extend eagle-kill permits

E&E  •    •  Posted 2012-07-11 12:46:04

Environmentalists are coming down on a proposal to extend permits for the unintentional killing of eagles from five years to 30 years. As public lands are being opened up for renewable energy development, officials are using the unintentional killing permits as a means of setting clear ground rules for wildlife protection as spinning turbine blades at wind farms have killed birds. [ read more … ]

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