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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

October 25, 2013

Legislative glitch could doom rules for existing power plants

Jean Chemnick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-10-25 06:44:28

“It was one of those things that almost never happens,” said C. Boyden Gray, President George H.W. Bush’s White House counsel at the time the amendments were enacted. Speaking on the sidelines of a recent event in Washington, D.C., hosted by the Atlantic Council, an international affairs leadership organization, Gray said the House language might prevent EPA from promulgating the rule. “That could be the little tail that wags the great big dog,” he said. Gray, who had a hand in crafting EPA’s cap-and-trade program for acid rain during the Bush administration, said Section 111(d) might allow EPA to set up a similar market-based mechanism for power plant CO2. [ read more … ]

U.S. offshore wind moves closer to commercial viability — report

Elizabeth Harball, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-10-25 06:44:47

Despite the global recession, the growth of offshore wind energy has surged over the last decade, with commercial farms regularly popping up in waters surrounding northwestern Europe and east Asia. Today, total global capacity for offshore wind has reached nearly 5.3 gigawatts, according to a new report by Navigant Consulting Inc. There is currently just one offshore wind turbine spinning in American waters, a 20-kilowatt pilot deployed by the University of Maine in June. But over the last year, analysts believe the United States made significant headway in making the wind industry’s offshore dreams a reality. [ read more … ]

Creativity key as grid planners confront changing technologies, politics

Hannah Northey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-10-25 06:45:04

John Norris of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission warned the North American Electric Reliability Corp.’s (NERC) second annual reliability summit in Arlington, Va., that “rapid change” has become a fact of life in their business. “Hold onto your seats,” Norris said. [ read more … ]

To Expand Offshore Power, Japan Builds Floating Windmills

By HIROKO TABUCHI, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2013-10-25 06:45:20

Twelve miles out to sea from the severely damaged and leaking nuclear reactors at Fukushima, a giant floating wind turbine signals the start of Japan’s most ambitious bet yet on clean energy. When this 350-foot-tall windmill is switched on next month, it will generate enough electricity to power 1,700 homes. Unremarkable, perhaps, but consider the goal of this offshore project: to generate over 1 gigawatt of electricity from 140 wind turbines by 2020. That is equivalent to the power generated by a nuclear reactor. [ read more … ]

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