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February 26, 2013

No fossil projects in 1,200 MW that came online last month — FERC

Hannah Northey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-02-26 12:56:08

Solar panels, windmills and biomass facilities made up all the new generation that came online last month, compared to fossil-heavy contributions in January 2012, according to a new federal report. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission released its monthly infrastructure update that found more than 1,000 megawatts of renewable energy went into operation in January. The findings are based on data from Ventyx Global LLC. In comparison, coal- and gas-fired plants made up the bulk of new generation in January 2012, with lesser contributions from wind and solar facilities, according to the report. [ read more … ]

NRDC outlines how states can spur project development

Michelle Merlin, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-02-26 12:55:50

An environmental group released a report today promoting offshore wind energy as a smart investment for coastal states. The Natural Resources Defense Council report faults the United States for failing to provide incentives to develop offshore wind. [ read more … ]

Study: Wind power’s role overestimated

UPI  •    •  Posted 2013-02-26 12:56:32

The global generating capacity of wind farms has been overestimated and the world may not have access to as much wind power as thought, U.S. researchers say. “People have often thought there’s no upper bound for wind power — that it’s one of the most scalable power sources,” Harvard University applied physicist David Keith says. [ read more … ]

Bipartisan group of former officials, lawmakers say warming is a security issue

Jean Chemnick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-02-26 12:57:17

Former Cabinet officials and lawmakers from both parties are among the 37 signers of an open letter released today that highlights the potential impact of climate change on geopolitical stability and U.S. national security. Former Sens. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) and Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) were among those calling on their former colleagues in the Partnership for a Secure America letter to “support American security and global stability by addressing the risks of climate change in vulnerable nations.” [ read more … ]

Keeping Realistic Expectations About Wind Energy

Michael Harper for  •    •  Posted 2013-02-26 12:57:32

According to new research from the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the notion that wind energy presents an unending supply of power might be a bit misleading. While there may be no end to breezes and gusts, the way we harness them could be counterproductive, according to applied physicist David Keith. His latest research, which applies mesoscale atmospheric modeling, finds large-scale wind farms will not be as effective as previously thought. His conclusions have now been published in the journal Environmental Research Letters. [ read more … ]

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