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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

February 26, 2014

New power lines will make Texas the world’s 5th-largest wind power producer

Daniel Cusick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-02-26 06:56:34

The next big Texas energy boom does not involve tight gas formations in the Barnett Shale, or deepwater oil and gas in the Gulf of Mexico. While fossil resources continue to draw high interest from energy developers and investors in the Lone Star State, Texas’ hottest energy prospect is wind power in West Texas and the Panhandle. That’s where a new surge of wind farm development, estimated at 7,500 megawatts of new generation over the next three years, should convert once-sleepy places like Amarillo, Plainview and Lubbock into renewable energy boomtowns. [ read more … ]

Clean Line/Sabre announce manufacturing pact

By Loren G. Flaugh, Correspondent, Cherokee Chronicle Times  •    •  Posted 2014-02-26 06:56:56

Houston, Texas-based energy transmission company Clean Line Energy Partners and its subsidiary, Rock Island Clean Line, announced here last week a pact whereby Sabre Industries would be the preferred supplier of massive power poles for the proposed Rock Island high voltage direct current (HVDC) power line from O’Brien County in NW Iowa to the 765 kV AC Commonwealth Edison substation in Grundy County, Ill [ read more … ]

Supreme Court justices differ on Clean Air Act’s application to greenhouse gases

Tiffany Stecker, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-02-26 06:57:19

Despite the fact that lawyers were given a narrow question to answer, yesterday’s oral arguments to the Supreme Court touched on all aspects of the ongoing challenge to U.S. EPA’s authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions through construction permits for large-emitting facilities. It also included a reference to bubblegum, a nod to a tobacco industry case and questions about EPA’s upcoming standards for new and existing power plants. [ read more … ]

White House to focus on curbing methane emissions, financing clean power

Katherine Ling, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-02-26 06:57:43

The White House intends to act on solutions for combating methane emissions and promoting energy finance as part of its efforts on climate change and a comprehensive federal energy strategy, top officials in the Obama administration said today. [ read more … ]

Markey to host summit, Whitehouse touts coalition building, as senators gird for battle

Jean Chemnick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-02-26 06:58:02

Senate Democrats said yesterday that now is the time to lay the foundation for future climate change legislation and international action to address emissions. Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), one of the chamber’s newest members, though a veteran of the congressional climate wars, will host a meeting on Capitol Hill tomorrow with more than 100 international legislators who hope to take action domestically to pave the way for an international agreement on climate change in Paris late next year. [ read more … ]

Offshore Wind Farms Could Knock Down Hurricanes

By Mark Fischetti, Scientific American  •    •  Posted 2014-02-26 06:58:18

Hurricanes are unstoppable, right? Apparently not. An intriguing new computer simulation shows that 78,000 large wind turbines spread across 35,000 square kilometers of ocean outside of New Orleans would have cut Hurricane Katrina’scategory 3 winds at landfall by 129 to 158 kilometers per hour (80 to 98 miles per hour) and reduced the storm surge by 79 percent. The same collection of turbines offshore of New York City would have dropped Hurricane Sandy’s winds by 125 to 140 kph and the surge by up to 34 percent. [ read more … ]

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