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February 20, 2014

Iowa Power line construction bill draws critics to House hearing

Written by Jason Noble, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted 2014-02-20 07:04:07

A panel of Iowa lawmakers advanced legislation Tuesday rewriting the approval process for construction of certain 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 would deliver wind energy from northwest Iowa to markets in Illinois and points eastward. But it but might have to take land by eminent domain to secure the long, narrow strip that the power lines and poles would run through. [ read more … ]

Moniz touts plans for building ‘grid of the future’

Hannah Northey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-02-20 07:04:26

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz today outlined the Obama administration’s vision of a more resilient U.S. electric grid capable of handling severe weather linked to climate change. Addressing the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers smart grid conference in Washington, D.C., Moniz said the administration aims to shape an energy network with reduced emissions and a grid that’s tough enough to withstand rising temperatures and fierce storms. [ read more … ]

World’s biggest wind turbine wins its first contract

Special to E&E  •    •  Posted 2014-02-20 07:04:45

he world’s biggest offshore wind turbine, a Vestas behemoth with wings that sweep an area the size of three football fields, has signed its first potential order. The Vestas V164 8-megawatt machine has won a competitive tender for Dong Energy’s Burbo Bank Extension wind farm in U.K. waters. The final decision to install the turbines is subject to the wind farm receiving the relevant subsidies. [ read more … ]

Birds halt UK offshore wind farm expansion

BY SUSANNA TWIDALE, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2014-02-20 07:05:02

The need for a study into the potential threat to the red-throated diver, a type of waterfowl, has forced developers to scrap a project to expand the world’s largest offshore wind farm, Britain’s London Array. The consortium of Denmark’s Dong Energy, Germany’s E.ON and Abu Dhabi state-owned energy investor Masdar joined a growing list of companies scaling back plans to build new offshore wind capacity in Britain. [ read more … ]

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