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September 5, 2013

Exploiting and exporting Iowa’s excess wind energy

By Loren Gaylord Flaugh, Correspondent, Cherokee Chronicle Times  •    •  Posted 2013-09-05 12:07:03

The Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) presided over an informational meeting with Rock Island Clean Line, perhaps 200 O’Brien County landowners and other interested people at the Hartley Community Center on August 20, 2013. The meeting provided information to landowners along a proposed long-distance transmission line. After an opening presentation from Jim Sundermeyer with the IUB, Rock Island Director of Development Hans Detweiler presented an overview of the 3,000 megawatt (MW), 600,000 volt direct current wind energy transmission (HVDC) line from O’Brien County to Grundy County, IL, a 500-mile distance. The project’s estimated cost is $2 billion. Clean Line is developing three similar HVDC projects. [ read more … ]

With Obama in Stockholm, U.S. and Sweden issue joint statement on carbon

Jean Chemnick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-09-05 12:07:24

President Obama marked his visit to Sweden today with a joint statement by both countries highlighting the importance of climate change and low-carbon energy technology. The statement by Obama and Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt called climate change and its consequences “defining challenges of our time.” [ read more … ]

White House hosts large meeting on eagle permitting for wind farms

Phil Taylor, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-09-05 12:07:47

The White House last week gathered about two dozen of its top environmental officials, outside conservationists and renewable energy leaders to discuss a controversial rule designed to protect eagles while promoting wind energy development. The meeting last Wednesday included White House climate change adviser Heather Zichal, American Wind Energy Association CEO Tom Kiernan, Defenders of Wildlife President Jamie Rappaport Clark and National Audubon Society President David Yarnold, according to a meeting notice by the White House. [ read more … ]

Dominion snatches up lease off Va.

Phil Taylor, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-09-05 12:08:10

Dominion Virginia Power today was declared the preliminary winner of the Interior Department’s second competitive lease sale for offshore wind after outbidding one other company for the right to develop a 113,000-acre area off the coast of Virginia Beach. [ read more … ]

DOE study finds wind farms have no economic impact on neighbors

Daniel Cusick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-09-05 12:08:25

A new study from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory finds that wind farms have no measurable effect on real estate prices in communities where turbines are built within 10 miles of homes. But the analysis, prepared for the Energy Department’s Office of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, is unlikely to quell ongoing debate over wind farms’ effects on property values, especially at the local level. [ read more … ]

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