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August 19, 2014

Oklahoma Wind Power Companies Run Into Headwinds

by JOE WERTZ, NPR  •    •  Posted 2014-08-19 06:55:07

Oklahoma is the nation’s fourth-largest generator of wind energy. But wind developers in the northeast corner of the state, where the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve lies, are up against stiff opposition from an unlikely pair of allies: environmentalists and oil interests. Bob Hamilton, director of the Nature Conservancy’s Tallgrass Prairie Preserve, has been fighting to block construction of a 68-turbine wind farm. [ read more … ]

DOE sees capacity growing through 2015, uncertainty beyond

Nick Juliano, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-08-19 06:55:29

A Department of Energy report out today suggests the wind industry is on an upward trajectory thanks to last year’s brief renewal of a key tax credit — and the likelihood it could continue to thrive thanks to a combination of technological improvements and the effect of U.S. EPA rules on power plant emissions, among other factors. DOE’s annual wind technologies market report predicts capacity will increase at least through 2015 as developers finish projects they started last year to qualify for the production tax credit (PTC), the industry’s primary federal incentive. However, the pace of installations over the next two years is not expected to reach the record set in 2012, and the PTC’s expiration at the end of last year creates significant uncertainty beyond 2016. [ read more … ]

U.S. Energy Department Reports Highlight Strength of U.S. Wind Energy Industry

By U.S. Department of Energy  •    •  Posted 2014-08-19 06:55:48

The U.S. continues to be a global leader in wind energy, ranking second in installed capacity in the world, according to two reports released today by the Department of Energy. Wind power is a key component of the nation’s all-of-the-above strategy to reduce carbon pollution, diversify our energy economy, and bring innovative technologies on line. With increasing wind energy generation and decreasing prices of wind energy technologies, the U.S. wind energy market remains strong and the U.S. is moving closer to doubling renewable electricity generation from energy resources like wind power yet again by 2020.
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Overloaded power lines mean profits for traders

Doan/Crawford, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2014-08-19 06:56:08

Traders betting on electric transmission constraints netted nearly $2 billion in the first quarter of this year. PJM Interconnection LLC’s market alone yielded $1.1 billion in profits for traders — three times last year’s total, the operator said. Other big payouts were in New York, California and Texas. More traders are looking to the grid operator-run transmission-rights markets, which power market deregulation created. Julia Sullivan, co-head of the energy regulation and enforcement practice at law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, said the firm has seen a “pretty steady drumbeat of clients” interested in jumping into those markets. [ read more … ]

Turbine operator reduces output to limit bat deaths

By Henry Brean, Las Vegas Review-Journal  •    •  Posted 2014-08-19 06:56:24

A Nevada wind farm has been forced to make changes after killing more bats than allowed under a deal with the federal government. The 152-megawatt Spring Valley Wind Energy project northeast of Las Vegas has adjusted its turbine operations at night to factor in bat migrations through the region. On nights with heavy bat activity, the turbines now kick in when wind speeds reach 11 mph, instead of about 7 mph, the facility’s owner said. [ read more … ]

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