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January 23, 2014

Renewable electricity generation rises driven by the wind and the sun

By Mark Jaffe, The Denver Post  •    •  Posted 2014-01-23 07:06:17

“Wind comprised the majority of the net generation increase supplied by renewables, adding 74%, or 66,717 GWh, of the increase, while solar saw tremendous percentage growth over the period,” according to an analysis by SNL Energy. The total increase equaled 90,329 Gigawatts. [ read more … ]

Harry Reid’s Power Line

By Amy Harder, National Journal  •    •  Posted 2014-01-23 07:06:41

For the better part of the last decade, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has gone out of his way—and dipped into federal funds—to help get a massive, cross-state transmission line built in his home state of Nevada. On Thursday Reid will attend the opening of the 235-mile line, which at the beginning of this year started carrying large amounts of electricity produced from renewable sources rather than coal, just as Reid envisioned seven years ago. [ read more … ]

Europe, Facing Economic Pain, May Ease Climate Rules

STEPHEN CASTLEJAN, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2014-01-23 07:07:07

On Wednesday, the European Union proposed an end to binding national targets for renewable energy production after 2020. Instead, it substituted an overall European goal that is likely to be much harder to enforce. It also decided against proposing laws on environmental damage and safety during the extraction of shale gas by a controversial drilling process known as fracking. It opted instead for a series of minimum principles it said it would monitor. [ read more … ]

Court rejects challenge to Cape Wind project

Jeremy P. Jacobs, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-01-23 07:07:28

Federal appellate judges today rejected a challenge to the controversial Cape Wind offshore wind farm project from Massachusetts residents. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld the Federal Aviation Administration finding that the proposed 130-turbine farm would not pose a risk to aeronautical navigation over Nantucket Sound. [ read more … ]

Cape Wind faces new lawsuit

E&E  •    •  Posted 2014-01-23 07:07:51

A controversial wind farm in the works in Nantucket Sound near Massachusetts faces a new legal hurdle. Opponents of the Cape Wind project are arguing in a federal lawsuit that state regulators did not have the right to broker an agreement to have utility NStar buy the power generated from the farm. They said only the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has that power. [ read more … ]

First sweeping energy review recommendations a year away — Moniz

Nick Juliano, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-01-23 07:08:08

The focus on infrastructure is meant to identify ways to make pipelines, storage facilities, the electric grid and other facilities “much more resilient” to threats from extreme weather becoming more prevalent due to climate change, Moniz said. It also would aim to integrate cybersecurity protections as well as more traditional physical threats, he said. [ read more … ]

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