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January 9, 2012

Cuomo plans ‘energy highway’

Larry Rulison  •  Times Union  •  Posted 2012-01-07 12:42:34

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State speech Wednesday included a plan to upgrade the state’s high-voltage electric transmission system so that power generated in upstate New York power plants and wind farms can be moved downstate. Bottlenecks in the transmission system — mainly between Utica and Albany and south of Albany — make it difficult to move electricity to the New York City area. That makes downstate power expensive and it forces upstate power plants to hold back on resources that could potentially create jobs. [ read more … ]

Iowa to add 176 new wind turbines this year

DAN PILLER  •  Des Moines Register  •  Posted 2012-01-09 12:46:19

MidAmerican Energy Co. said Friday that it will build 176 wind turbines with generating capacity of 407.1 megawatts in Marshall, Tama, Guthrie, Audubon and Adair counties by the end of this year. The project was approved in 2009 by the Iowa Utilities Board as part of a 1,000-megawatt request made by MidAmerican [ read more … ]

O’Malley wind farms face more challenges as Maryland legislature returns

Aaron C. Davis  •  Washington Post  •  Posted 2012-01-09 12:46:53

The day Maryland lawmakers left Annapolis nine months ago, Gov. Martin O’Malley chided them, saying the legislature had “choked” on his signature environmental initiative: a measure to subsidize development of a multibillion-dollar offshore wind farm. [ read more … ]

Commerce emphasizes ‘clean energy’ in competitiveness report

Gabriel Nelson  •  E&E  •  Posted 2012-01-09 12:47:14

The federal government needs to update the U.S. electric grid and direct more money to clean energy research as part of a plan for making the United States more competitive in coming decades, the Commerce Department said in a report today as Secretary John Bryson cautioned policymakers about a “deeply damaging” trend toward short-term thinking. [ read more … ]

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