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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

October 10, 2012

Obama admin reaches 10,000-MW project threshold three years early

Scott Streater, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2012-10-10 12:01:38

The Obama administration has issued final approval for the largest wind farm in North America, a move that will allow the nation to meet a goal set forth in the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to approve roughly 10,000 megawatts of new renewable energy projects on federal land by 2015. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar today announced at a ceremony in Cheyenne, Wyo., that he has signed a record of decision for the Chokecherry and Sierra Madre wind project in southeast Wyoming. [ read more … ]

More Americans see climate change as cause of extreme weather — report

  •    •  Posted 2012-10-10 12:01:11

Americans have become more likely to link extreme weather events to climate change, according to a report released today by researchers at Yale and George Mason universities. Seventy-four percent of Americans said “global warming is affecting weather in the United States,” according to a survey taken in August and September, compared with 69 percent who agreed with that statement in a March survey, the report says. [ read more … ]

Europe is getting lots of renewable energy; the looming headache is how to transmit it

Jeremy Lovell, E&E European correspondent  •    •  Posted 2012-10-10 12:00:45

Europe’s rush for renewable electricity sources to combat climate change has far outpaced the ability of the grid system to carry the new power to where it is needed. The problem is compounded by the fact that most energy policies remain firmly domestic, according to Daniel Dobbeni, head of the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity, ENTSO-E. And the imbalance is likely to get much worse before it gets any better, he told a recent U.K. National Grid seminar on possible future energy scenario
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