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September 9, 2014

Boom in Energy Spurs Industry in the Rust Belt

By NELSON D. SCHWARTZ, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2014-09-09 06:48:02

Waist-high weeds and a crumbling old Chevy mark the entrance to a rust-colored factory complex on the edge of town here, seemingly another monument to the passing of the golden age of American industry. But deep inside the 14-acre site, the thwack-thwack-thwack sound of metal on metal tells a different story. “We’re holding our own,” said Greg Hess, who is looking to hire draftsmen and machine operators at the company he runs, Youngstown Bending and Rolling. “I feel good that we saved this place from the wrecking ball.” [ read more … ]

Survey: Midwesterners not buying ‘wind turbine syndrome’

by Kari Lydersen, Midwest Energy News  •    •  Posted 2014-09-09 06:48:38

Among the states surveyed, the lowest percentage of people who believe wind turbines cause health problems (7 percent) was in Iowa, a state that leads the nation in proportion of energy from wind. Meanwhile, the highest percentage believing such claims (21 percent) was in Wisconsin, a state which has far fewer wind farms and where some political leaders have in recent years been hostile to renewable and distributed energy. [ read more … ]

Without Congress acting, electric markets will ‘muddle through’ — panel

Rod Kuckro, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-09-09 06:48:57

With legislative gridlock the rule rather than the exception in Congress for the foreseeable future, badly needed reforms in the way electricity markets operate are not on the horizon. Instead, federal and state regulators will “muddle through” trying to make outdated jurisdictional arrangements work even as advanced technologies and changing consumer preferences disrupt the industry, said Robert Nordhaus, a partner at Van Ness Feldman and formerly the general counsel of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission as well as the Department of Energy. [ read more … ]

Obama admin invests $8M to harden microgrids

Hannah Northey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-09-09 06:49:18

The Department of Energy today doled out $8 million for the construction of new microgrid projects across the United States, part of the government’s Climate Action Plan and push to harden the grid against increasingly violent storms. The funds will support microgrid projects in Alaska, California, Illinois, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania and Tennessee — systems that can detach from the U.S. grid, operate autonomously and continue to generate power should an attack or severe storm trigger widespread damage. [ read more … ]

U.S. solar installations have almost tripled in 3 years — study

Daniel Cusick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-09-09 06:49:39

U.S. solar photovoltaic installations continued at a brisk pace in the second quarter of 2014, with 1,133 megawatts of new capacity coming online in the utility, commercial and residential sectors, according to data released Friday by the Solar Energy Industries Association and GTM Research. [ read more … ]

Schwarzenegger, Brown rally climate activists and policymakers to influence Paris talks

Debra Kahn, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-09-09 06:49:57

California climate policy luminaries are meeting today in Sacramento to argue that regional cooperation on reducing emissions is possible, even in the face of international gridlock. The three-hour conference is organized by former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) and will feature veterans from the state, federal and international levels of climate policy, including Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Chairman Rajendra Pachauri, Gov. Jerry Brown (D), former U.S. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson and California Air Resources Board Chairwoman Mary Nichols. [ read more … ]

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