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January 17, 2012

DOE tries a ‘fundamentally different’ approach to modernize the nation’s power grid

Peter Behr  •  E&E  •  Posted 2012-01-17 13:16:21

The Energy Department is preparing to change how it assesses congestion on the high-voltage power line network as it seeks to revitalize the stalled transmission policy process created in the 2005 Energy Policy Act, DOE senior adviser Lauren Azar says. This year, DOE will complete its third triennial analysis of congestion in the Eastern and Western interstate power grids under the 2005 law, identifying any areas where power flows are constrained by lines or equipment. [ read more … ]

Committees prep their agendas — but will anything really get done?

E&E  •  E&E  •  Posted 2012-01-17 12:39:11

Congress is returning to Washington, and the partisan rancor that defined Capitol Hill in 2011 is likely to remain — or get even worse — in 2012. Republicans still run the House. Democrats continue to cling to a slim majority in the Senate. President Obama seems determined to keep his distance from both chambers. And it’s an election year — what are the odds of anything getting done this year? [ read more … ]

Firm set to move forward on offshore wind farm near Atlantic City

Saed Hindash  •  The Star Ledger  •  Posted 2012-01-17 12:39:30

The company planning to build what could be the nation’s first offshore wind farm says it’s ready to start construction on the multimillion-dollar project as soon as New Jersey officials give their approval. Fishermen’s Energy of Cape May wants to build the wind farm about 2.8 miles off Atlantic City. It plans to erect five wind turbines that would produce up to 25 megawatts, capable of powering about 10,000 homes. [ read more … ]

Climate Proposal Puts Practicality Ahead of Sacrifice

JOHN TIERNEY  •  New York Times  •  Posted 2012-01-17 12:39:49

“People will make trade-offs, but the one thing that won’t be traded off is keeping the lights on at reasonable cost,” he says. Given the reluctance of affluent Europeans to make sacrifices, what are the odds of persuading billions of people in poorer countries to pay more for energy today in return for a cooler climate at the end of the century? But suppose they were offered a deal with immediate benefits, like the one proposed in Science by researchers in the United States, Britain, Italy, Austria, Thailand and Kenya. The team looked at ways to slow global warming while also reducing the soot and smog that are damaging agriculture and health [ read more … ]

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