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August 14, 2014

House Republicans, including new whip, urge end to wind credit

Nick Juliano, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-08-14 06:47:27

More than 50 House Republicans, including the third-ranking member of the party’s leadership, are renewing a call to end a key wind energy tax credit. A letter to Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and newly elected Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) argues the production tax credit (PTC) has outlived its useful life and distorts wholesale energy markets — claims that have been leveled against the wind industry for years from a coalition of free-market activist groups and elements of the nuclear industry. [ read more … ]

Pueblo wind turbine factory draws attention for job creation

by Sam Baranowski, Fox21 News, Pueblo, Colorado  •    •  Posted 2014-08-14 06:48:00

“One turbine produces somewhere in the neighborhood of about 2,000 households. That’s a lot. These truly are power supplies and when you couple together a whole field of turbines we can power cities,” Knobb said. Udall said he’s confident when the legislature returns from recess, the extension will pass. “Republicans and democrats alike know the energy industry isn’t about democratic or republican parties, it’s about American-grown energy. It’s about being energy secure, it’s about being energy self-reliant. So that’s the good news, and we’re gonna get this done,” Udall said. [ read more … ]

Clean Line transmission project gets chilly reception in Mo.

Jeffrey Tomich, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-08-14 06:48:20

A plan to string high-voltage transmission lines 200 miles across the state of Missouri got a chilly reception from area landowners during the first public airing of the project yesterday. Over the course of several hours, farmers, business owners, politicians and organized labor representatives aired opinions about the $2.2 billion project, which aims to deliver 3,500 megawatts of cheap wind energy from the southwest Kansas plains to more populated areas hundreds of miles to the east. [ read more … ]

Top 10: U.S. States with Installed Wind Capacity

Kevin Smead, Energy Digital  •    •  Posted 2014-08-14 06:48:39

The American Wind Energy Association released its U.S. Wind Industry Second Quarter 2014 Market Report this week and we looked at its top 10 with installed wind capacity. [ read more … ]

Global Wind Energy Fortunes (and Turbines) Growing Fast, at Least in Short Term

By Marcus Hoy , Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2014-08-14 06:49:10

From Brazil to South Africa, from northern Europe to the American heartland, wind is on the rise. Already among the world’s fastest growing energy sources, wind technology is on the cusp of advances that could multiply a turbine’s ability to transform currents of air into electricity, and at a time when global leaders are seeking ways to power the planet without greenhouse gases. So wind energy should be poised for wider acceptance and tremendous growth. And perhaps it is. [ read more … ]

Coal-fired rural co-ops dig in against EPA emission rules, but a few mavericks flirt with renewables

Benjamin Hulac, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-08-14 06:49:25

After spearheading a 3 ½-year effort to build what is now the largest solar farm in Iowa, Warren McKenna is optimistic about his rural electric cooperative’s renewable energy goals in Frytown — a tiny, unincorporated town in the southeast corner of the state. “Solar is coming on strong,” said McKenna, who is the general manager of the 650-member electricity co-op, formally known as the Farmers Electric Cooperative, and has been involved in solar energy since 2008. “Our goal is to have 15 percent of our power produced locally [with renewable energy] by 2025.” [ read more … ]

FERC orders Calif. utility to install energy storage

David Ferris, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-08-14 06:49:42

In a first, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has struck a deal with a power company that requires it to add batteries to the electric grid in order to avoid blackouts. The Imperial Irrigation District (IID), which delivers power to a swath of the Southern California desert, was ordered last week by FERC to spend $9 million to add the capacity for 33 megavolt amperes to its transmission infrastructure. The settlement ends a FERC investigation that began after a September 2011 blackout that cut power to much of Southern California.
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