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April 7, 2014

U.S. wind energy output breaks records, thanks to transmission upgrades and new wind development

American Wind Energy Association  •    •  Posted 2014-04-07 06:39:03

Wind energy is breaking records across the U.S., thanks to long-needed transmission upgrades that are relieving congestion on the power grid and allowing more clean energy to reach consumers. Last week, a new record was set on the main Texas grid, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), reaching over 10,000 MW of wind. This was the most ever for a U.S. power system, the equivalent of powering more than five million average Texas homes. [ read more … ]

Wind Power Has Cut U.S. Carbon Dioxide Emissions By 4.4 Percent: Report

Kate Sheppard, Huffington Post,  •    •  Posted 2014-04-07 06:39:27

The growth of wind power in the United States is putting a significant dent in emissions, according to a forthcoming report from the American Wind Energy Association. Wind generation avoided 95.6 million metric tons of carbon dioxide in 2013, which is equivalent to taking 16.9 million cars off the road. That’s a 4.4 percent cut to power sector emissions, when compared to the level of emissions that would have been generated if that power had come from fossil fuels. Wind proponents say that’s evidence that the wind industry is playing a major role in meeting U.S. emissions goals. “Every time a megawatt of wind power is generated, something else is not generated,” said Elizabeth Salerno, AWEA’s vice president for industry data and analysis. [ read more … ]

Lawmakers seek wind energy development in Nebraska

Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2014-04-06 06:40:43

An effort to encourage more wind energy development in Nebraska hit a roadblock this session, but some Nebraska lawmakers are determined to capitalize on the state’s wind potential. Despite Nebraska’s strong potential for wind, the state has had difficulty getting major wind development because of a lack of significant tax incentives and the public power structure with a mandate for low-cost energy. [ read more … ]

Ohio Senate Bill 310 would allow unchecked authority to the utilities: Jereme Kent

Jereme Kent, general manager of One Energy LLC and guest columnist, Cleveland Plain Dealer  •    •  Posted 2014-04-07 06:40:07

Senate Bill 310 would freeze the renewable portfolio standards and energy efficiency portfolio standards in place. This would be the first time in any state, anywhere in the entire United States, that a renewable portfolio standard would be reduced, frozen or repealed. [ read more … ]

Grid improvements help powerful storm electrify the Southwest

Daniel Cusick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-04-07 06:42:18

Wind energy production in Texas and adjacent states Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska set one-day records last month. Turbines generated nearly 10,300 megawatts of electricity across the Electric Reliability Council of Texas’ (ERCOT) grid March 26, just six days after wind farms in the neighboring Southwest Power Pool set a similar one-day record with 7,202 MW of generation. [ read more … ]

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