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August 16, 2013

Intermittent Nature of Green Power Is Challenge for Utilities

By DIANE CARDWELL, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2013-08-16 12:30:25

The 21 turbines at the Kingdom Community Wind farm in Vermont soar above Lowell Mountain, a testament in steel and fiberglass to the state’s growing use of green energy. Except when they aren’t allowed to spin at their fastest. That has been the case several times in the farm’s short existence, including during the record July heat wave when it could have produced enough much-needed energy to fuel a small town. Instead, the grid system operator held it at times to just one-third of what it could have produced. [ read more … ]

How NASA’s Robert Simmon makes climate science beautiful

Stephanie Paige Ogburn, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-08-16 12:30:48

When NASA designer Robert Simmon bought one of the first iPhones in 2007, what he saw when he turned it on startled him. The image on the phone’s startup screen was one he had designed. Known as the “Blue Marble,” it displayed a beautiful picture of the Earth from space, composed of many satellite images taken of our home planet. [ read more … ]

Proposed 6-year phaseout of PTC slowly gains traction on Hill

Katherine Ling, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-08-16 12:31:11

Legislation that would phase out tax incentives for the wind industry over the next six years is emerging as a possible compromise measure. Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.) introduced the bill, H.R. 2987, the day before Congress left for its August recess. The measure would extend 100 percent of the PTC through 2014, then ratchet down the credit by 10 percentage points a year until hitting 60 percent in 2018, after which it would expire in 2020. [ read more … ]

Conservatives spotlight FERC, nomination as key to Obama’s climate plans

Katherine Ling, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-08-16 12:31:35

A conservative think tank has set its sights on elevating the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and its importance to President Obama’s Climate Action Plan ahead of a nomination hearing for its next chairman. The Institute for Energy Research is boosting efforts to educate policymakers on and off Capitol Hill about what FERC does and how that could affect the U.S. energy supply and consumption in favor of renewables and to the detriment of fossil fuels, especially coal, an IER spokesman said. [ read more … ]

Lesser-known Koch brother pours money into super PACs

E&E  •    •  Posted 2013-08-16 12:31:56

Billionaire William Koch, brother to Charles and David Koch of Koch Industries Inc., was once known as the politically moderate member of his family. But as the Obama administration attempts to tackle climate change, Koch has changed his tune. Koch, the owner of Oxbow Carbon LLC, has denounced global warming and alternative energy investments. His brothers are known for their backing of politically active nonprofits, but he’s chosen a different route: giving millions of dollars from his firms’ corporate treasuries to super PACs, a result of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision. [ read more … ]

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