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May 14, 2018

Top Stories

Nebraska and South Dakota: new notches in the US Wind Belt

By Richard A. Kessler, Recharge  •    •  Posted 2018-05-14 04:37:58

There is something of an anomaly at the heart of the US wind market — the country’s windiest state, Nebraska, and the third windiest, South Dakota, have only installed a fraction of the wind power capacity of their neighbours in the so-called US Wind Belt. However, change is afoot. Nebraska and South Dakota are now expected to be among the fastest-growing states for wind through to 2020 — several gigawatts of projects are now lined up, and both state governments are pushing to build a whole lot more over the next decade. [ read more … ]

Exelon’s warning reignites great American fuel fight

Peter Behr, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-05-14 04:38:28

U.S. utility industry leaders have split sharply over whether threats to the nation’s electric grid demand new and more urgent federal action. On one side are PJM Interconnection, the nation’s largest wholesale power grid operator, and Exelon Corp., the Chicago-based energy company with 10 million customers and one of the nation’s largest generating fleets. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

DOE sidelines Solar Decathlon, seeks industry ‘engagement’

Christa Marshall, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-05-14 04:38:50

The Department of Energy won’t hold the Solar Decathlon next year as originally scheduled and plans to have more industry “engagement” during a future event, according to Department of Energy officials and an internal DOE document. Instead, the plan is to hold the solar competition in 2020 and have participation from more universities and a “greater emphasis on innovation,” the DOE document states. [ read more … ]

DOE’s coal fight keeps focus on ‘national security’

Rod Kuckro, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-05-14 04:39:09

The Department of Energy is actively looking to identify key electric generating units that would be needed in a national emergency, Bruce Walker, DOE’s assistant secretary for electricity delivery and energy reliability, said yesterday. “DOE’s role is very straightforward. It’s national security,” he said, speaking to the board of trustees of the North American Electric Reliability Corp. (NERC). “My day-to-day life is spent on national security. [ read more … ]

Every one of America’s 57,636 wind turbines, mapped

By Christopher Ingraham, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2018-05-14 04:39:25

California’s Kern County, home to the city of Bakersfield, bills itself as the “Wind Capital of the West.” But a Washington Post analysis of a massive new U.S. Geological Survey database of over 57,000 commercial wind turbines suggests that the county is being overly modest: It is, in fact, the wind capital of the entire country. [ read more … ]

Pentagon revised Obama-era report to remove risks from climate change

By Chris Mooney and Missy Ryan, Washington Pos  •    •  Posted 2018-05-14 04:39:41

Internal changes to a draft Defense Department report de-emphasized the threats climate change poses to military bases and installations, muting or removing references to climate-driven changes in the Arctic and potential risks from rising seas, an unpublished draft obtained by The Washington Post reveals. [ read more … ]

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