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January 30, 2012

Murkowski sees ‘no real consensus’ on CES, blames Obama for inaction

Phil Taylor  •  E&E  •  Posted 2012-01-30 12:39:59

The top Republican on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee yesterday said she sees a bumpy road for passing a clean energy standard this session. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) also blamed the president for failing to actively promote his proposal to generate up to 80 percent of the country’s electricity from low-carbon sources by 2035, despite calling for it in his past two State of the Union speeches. [ read more … ]

New Report by Agency Lowers Estimates of Natural Gas in U.S.

IAN URBINA  •  New York Times  •  Posted 2012-01-30 12:40:24

Just how much natural gas is trapped underground in the United States? The difficulty and uncertainty in predicting natural gas resources was underscored last week when the Energy Information Administration released a report containing sharply lower estimates. [ read more … ]

Governors drill deep on energy in annual addresses

Amanda Peterka  •  E&E  •  Posted 2012-01-30 12:41:01

When President Obama focused heavily on energy issues in his State of the Union address earlier this week, he echoed themes many governors have been pushing forward in their annual “state of the state” speeches this month. Governors from resource-rich states like Alaska, Virginia, West Virginia and Colorado all have devoted substantial sections of their annual addresses to traditional energy this month. The governors — both Democrats and Republicans — have called for increases in traditional and renewable energy development, and many have taken jabs at the federal government for stifling development. [ read more … ]

Illinois tops nation in wind energy

Sandra Guy  •  Chicago Sun-Times  •  Posted 2012-01-30 12:41:19

Despite skepticism about the viability of solar-component and electric-car battery companies that have gone bankrupt recently, Illinois is proving that firms can create jobs and help the environment with wind turbines and wind farms, alternative-power advocates said Thursday. In 2011, Illinois topped the nation in the number of new wind turbines installed here — 404 — and ranked No. 2 behind California in the total amount of the turbines’ power capacity , according to a report by the American Wind Energy Association.
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Battery maker’s bankruptcy is ill-timed for White House

John McArdle  •  E&E  •  Posted 2012-01-30 12:41:41

Just days before a White House-appointed auditor is set to deliver a report on the Department of Energy’s troubled loan guarantee program, another of the department’s stimulus-funded endeavors made headlines this week at a particularly bad time for the Obama administration. Ener1 Inc. — which received more than $118 million in the form of a DOE grant to make electric-car batteries — filed for bankruptcy yesterday. The announcement threatened to undermine the administration’s offensive on its investments in renewable energy. [ read more … ]

Mexico isthmus attracts wind rush

  •  E&E  •  Posted 2012-01-30 12:41:51

One of the world’s windiest spots — the Isthmus of Tehuantapec in Mexico — is attracting a “wind rush” as alternative energy companies are rushing to acquire land there for wind farms.The isthmus is so windy that, at times, it is powerful enough to prop up a person who is leaning against it. Gales roar through at an average of 19 mph [ read more … ]

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