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March 17, 2014

Transmission lines planned to move wind energy east from Kansas faces opposition from farmers

JIM SALTER , Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2014-03-17 06:41:06

The windy plains of Kansas could be a treasure trove in the nation’s effort to harness clean energy, but a major proposal to move wind-generated electricity eastward is running into a roadblock: Farmers who don’t want high-power transmission lines on their land. Clean Line Energy Partners wants to spend $2.2 billion to build a 750-mile-long high-voltage overhead transmission line. Towers 110 to 150 feet tall, 4-6 per mile, would carry lines with power generated by Kansas’ modernistic windmill turbines through sparsely populated northern Missouri, through the cornfields of Illinois and to a substation in Sullivan, Ind. The exact route has not been finalized. [ read more … ]

Bigger, more efficient wind turbines boost industry capacity

Daniel Cusick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-03-17 06:41:44

The deployment of larger and more technologically advanced equipment has helped the wind energy industry boost generation rates on a per-turbine basis since 2008, resulting in greater operational efficiencies and lower costs for consumers, according to the American Wind Energy Association. The data, culled from AWEA’s 2013 annual report, show that while U.S. wind energy capacity grew 140 percent — from 25,000 megawatts to more than 61,000 MW — over the last five years, the amount of electricity generated from those wind turbines grew by 200 percent. [ read more … ]

Cape Wind touts U.S.-based labor with new cable contracts

Elizabeth Harball, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-03-17 06:42:01

The group aiming to install America’s first offshore wind farm announced yesterday two new contracts that it says will ensure U.S.-based labor during construction. The proposed 420-megawatt Cape Wind project, which aims to install 130 turbines in Massachusetts’ Nantucket Sound, has awarded contracts to Prysmian Cables and Systems USA, which will manufacture the onshore transmission cables, and Caldwell Marine International, which will install the underwater cables that will connect the farm to the grid. [ read more … ]

Federal judge backs bulk of Cape Wind approval, orders additional work from 2 agencies

Nick Juliano, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-03-17 06:42:19

A federal judge today ruled the evaluation of a project aiming to be the nation’s first offshore wind farm was generally aboveboard, but directed two agencies to further review some of the project’s impacts on wildlife. The decision has led both sides to declare victory. Cape Wind backers say the project off the coast of Massachusetts scored a major win because the bulk of plaintiffs’ claims were dismissed and because the judge did not question the underlying conclusions of supporting agencies even as he determined they hadn’t quite completed everything that was required of them. But project challengers say the work that must be redone cuts to the heart of whether the wind farm would be viable, exacerbating the uncertainty that has surrounded it for more than a decade. [ read more … ]

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