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February 19, 2014

Maine gov. pushes back against wind energy bill

Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2014-02-19 07:01:49

The LePage administration pushed back against a proposal Tuesday that supporters say would ensure the decision-making process on wind energy proposals in Maine clearly follows the law. The bill, by Senate President Justin Alfond, D-Portland, would mean several changes for wind energy regulators, including requiring them in instances where their views differ from the hired experts to explain why. Alfond said his measure would ensure wind regulators at the Department of Environment Protection aren’t using criteria not specified by law to unfairly reject a proposal.
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Iowa Lawmakers offer new rules on consideration of controversial wind energy power lines

Written by Jason Noble, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted 2014-02-19 07:02:07

A panel of Iowa lawmakers advanced legislation on Tuesday rewriting the approval process for construction of certain new power lines in the state. The measure is a direct response to vocal opposition to the proposed Rock Island Clean Line from landowners across northern Iowa. The proposed 500-mile transmission line will deliver wind energy from northwest Iowa to markets in Illinois and points eastward, but may have to take land by eminent domain to secure the long, narrow strip on which the power lines and poles will run through 16 Iowa counties. [ read more … ]

World can run on wind, water and sunlight, scientist says

Stephanie Paige Ogburn, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-02-19 07:02:27

The world could meet all of its energy needs with a combination of wind, water and solar power, Stanford University scientist Mark Jacobson reported Saturday at the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting. In a fast-paced presentation, Jacobson outlined the results of an analysis of a variety of fuel sources, their associated environmental costs and how much of those sources would be needed to power the world. [ read more … ]

Calls for grid protection grow louder in wake of Calif. attack

Hannah Northey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-02-19 07:02:57

At issue are concerns that the current standards-making process, in which the North American Electric Reliability Corp. (NERC), an industry group, works with the electric sector to reach a consensus on rules that then go to FERC for final approval. Lawmakers have become increasingly alarmed that the process can take months to complete, lagging behind quickly evolving cyber and physical threats to the system. [ read more … ]

NARUC’s Honorable discusses role of regulators in distributed generation debate

Monica Trauzzi, E&E  •    •  Posted 2014-02-19 07:03:17

How should state regulators be influencing the business model evolution facing the electric power sector? During today’s OnPoint, Colette Honorable, president of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, discusses the role of regulators in the net metering debate, the transition to a diversified fuel supply and transmission planning challenges. Honorable, whose name was circulated as a potential candidate for the top spot on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, also comments on the nomination of Norman Bay to lead the agency. [ read more … ]

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