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October 18, 2013

Nebraska Wind energy gains ground with OPPD purchase

By ALGIS J. LAUKAITIS / Lincoln Journal Star  •    •  Posted 2013-10-18 06:58:39

The Omaha Public Power District Board approved an agreement Thursday to buy up to 400 megawatts generated by a proposed wind farm near O’Neill. Under the 20-year-agreement, OPPD will purchase all of the renewable energy generated at the Grande Prairie Wind Farm, which will be built by Geronimo Energy of Edina, Minn. “This will be the largest wind purchase for us that we have had to date,” said OPPD spokesman Mike Jones. The wind farm will be located northeast of O’Neill and will have 235 turbines. [ read more … ]

Calif. adopts energy storage mandate for major utilities

Debra Kahn, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-10-18 06:58:59

California today became the first state in the country to require utilities to invest in energy storage, a move that policymakers say will pave the way for increasing amounts of renewable energy and greenhouse gas reductions. The California Public Utilities Commission unanimously voted to approve a proposal setting out biennial procurement targets for the state’s three major investor-owned utilities through 2020. In total, the three utilities — Pacific Gas & Electric Co., Southern California Edison Co. and San Diego Gas & Electric Co. — will have to buy 1.325 gigawatts of storage by 2020, an amount that would increase energy storage capacity worldwide by 50 percent, not counting energy stored behind hydroelectric dams. The ruling has separate carve-outs for technologies that store energy from generation connected to transmission and distribution lines, as well as customer-owned generation. [ read more … ]

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