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August 12, 2013

Transmission ruling sets off alarms in clean energy industry

Hannah Northey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-08-12 11:56:43

A federal judge’s decision this week that New England electric transmission companies should make less money on power line projects has triggered concern among wind and solar generators hoping to see a revitalization and expansion of the country’s aging grid. Administrative Law Judge Michael Cianci Jr. issued an initial decision that would reduce the return of transmission owners’ investments from 11.14 percent to 9.7 percent in New England states like Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and Rhode Island. The decision now goes before the full Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, where the commissioners can reject the decision entirely, approve it or make changes. [ read more … ]

Former commissioners go to bat for Binz over scathing editorial

Hannah Northey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-08-12 11:57:06

Former members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission yesterday hit back at an editorial in The Wall Street Journal calling President Obama’s pick to lead the agency a radical who will attempt to circumvent Congress to impose an anti-carbon and pro-renewables regime. [ read more … ]

State renewable-energy laws turn out to be incredibly hard to repeal

By Brad Plumer, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2013-08-12 11:57:29

With Congress deadlocked, a huge chunk of the action on clean energy in the United States is happening at the state level. Some 29 states and Washington D.C. have renewable standards requiring utilities to get a chunk of their power from sources like wind or solar. Over the past year, conservative groups have made a big push to try to repeal these laws, arguing that the mandates drive up electricity prices (since wind and solar can be pricier than coal or natural gas in many cases). What’s surprising, though, is that these attempts have been so unsuccessful — even in deeply conservative red states. As Matt Kasper of the Center for American Progress documents here, repeal efforts by one major group have failed in every state so far [ read more … ]

Wind still struggles to reach New England customers during peak demand

E&E  •    •  Posted 2013-08-12 11:57:49

While last month’s heat wave forced utilities in New England to crank up generation of power from expensive and dirty sources, at least two wind farms in Maine and Vermont were forced to reduce the amount of electricity they produced. The weak rural system that links wind turbines to the power grid causes wind companies to be routinely taken offline or have their output scaled back. [ read more … ]

Wind farms creating an environmental divide

By Erin Ailworth | GLOBE STAFF AUGUST 11, 2013, Boston Globe  •    •  Posted 2013-08-12 11:58:05

Timothy Danyliw is the type of guy whose truck has a “No farms, no food” bumper sticker, who owns a T-shirt proclaiming “Renewable energy is American security,” and who moved into a weathered, wood-framed house in the Berkshires for a quiet life amid nature. His friend Larry Lorusso, a river guide and photographer, is much the same. His car runs on biodiesel, he’s a fan of solar panels, and he heats his home with wood gathered from the forest around his house. [ read more … ]

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