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July 23, 2014

House panel to grill FERC on grid reliability under EPA carbon rule

Katherine Ling, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-07-23 06:45:53

The role the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission played in preparing a proposed EPA rule to regulate carbon emissions at existing power plants as well as how the agency has determined the rule will affect electricity service will be the focus of a subpanel hearing next week, the Energy and Commerce Committee announced yesterday. The hearing is part of a series being held by the Energy and Power Subcommittee since EPA announced the draft Clean Power Plan on June 2. [ read more … ]

Lincoln County S.D. Commission Hears Argument Against Wind Farms

by Leland Steva, Keloland TV  •    •  Posted 2014-07-23 06:46:15

A proposed wind farm in Lincoln County has led to controversy over the last few months. A Minnesota lawyer, representing an anti-commercial wind farm group know as WE-CARE South Dakota, went in front of the Lincoln County Commission Tuesday to talk about some concerns. The potential wind farm could have as many as 500 wind turbines built in Lincoln County. According to Dakota Plains Energy Principle Rob Johnson, the energy created here would generate electricity in up to 13 states. He says the area is great for producing wind energy, but others say the negatives outweigh the positives. [ read more … ]

Maine regulators again approve joint wind venture

BY J. CRAIG ANDERSON STAFF WRITER, Maine Sunday Telegram  •    •  Posted 2014-07-23 06:46:32

The Maine Public Utilities Commission once again granted its approval to a multimillion-dollar joint venture to develop wind-generation projects after the Maine Supreme Judicial Court overturned its initial approval and sent the case back for reconsideration. During deliberations Tuesday, PUC Chairman Thomas Welch said he did not see any reason why the joint venture between First Wind, Maine’s largest wind-power generator, and Emera Inc. of Nova Scotia, an energy distributor that owns two utilities in northern and eastern Maine, does not pass muster even under the court’s stricter guidelines. [ read more … ]

Mikulski pushes to delay Somerset wind turbines

By Nicole Clark Staff Writer, Southern Maryland Newspapers  •    •  Posted 2014-07-23 06:46:51

The debate over whether wind turbines proposed for bucolic Somerset County across the Chesapeake is not dead in St. Mary’s, or in Washington. Texas-based wind company Pioneer Green has plans to build 25 turbines, each potentially nearly 700 feet tall, near the bay shoreline. Meanwhile, Navy and industry leaders in St. Mary’s fear those windmills could interfere with sensitive radar tests done, in part, to determine the stealth of jet aircraft. [ read more … ]

Wind energy leaders say focus is overseas while U.S. market remains unstable

By Megan Rogers, Reporter-Albany Business Review  •    •  Posted 2014-07-23 06:47:06

The continued expiration of the U.S. production tax credits for energy projects has caused renewable energy developers to focus on international projects. The production tax credits for renewable energy projects expired at the end of 2013 and haven’t yet been renewed, as has happened when the credits have expired before. Jim Adams, president of Natural Power’s North American operations supports the continuation of the tax credits, but what he wants more is stability. “If it’s going to go away, let it go so we can figure out what’s next,” Adams said. “It is grossly unfair that the renewable energy industry, especially wind, has been subject to these uncertainties.”
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