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September 26, 2014

Wind Energy Proposal Would Light Los Angeles Homes

By MICHAEL R. BLOOD and MEAD GRUVER Associated Press
   •    •  Posted 2014-09-26 06:31:18

An alliance of four companies proposed an $8 billion project Tuesday that within a decade could send wind power generated on the plains of Wyoming to households in Southern California. If approved and financed, the sprawling venture would produce clean power equivalent to the output of a large nuclear power plant by creating one of the country’s largest wind farms near Cheyenne, a huge energy storage site inside Utah caverns and a 525-mile electric transmission line connecting them.”This would certainly be one of the most ambitious and expensive energy infrastructure projects we have seen,” said Travis Miller, an industry analyst for investment research giant Morningstar Inc. “Energy storage, paired with renewable energy, has been the holy grail of utilities and energy companies.” [ read more … ]

Interior unveils competitive leasing rule to guide development on federal lands

Scott Streater, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-09-26 06:31:42

The Interior Department today unveiled a major new proposal establishing a competitive leasing process for renewables projects that it said should spark commercial-scale project development inside more than a dozen solar energy zones across the West. The proposed rule unveiled today by Interior Secretary Sally Jewell is meant to advance President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, which has challenged Interior to approve an additional 10,000 megawatts of renewable energy on federal lands by 2020. [ read more … ]

Lack of permanent chair no sign of diminished CEQ status — acting chief

By Colin Sullivan, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-09-26 06:32:19

The acting chairman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality isn’t sure if the “acting” part of his title will be removed anytime soon. Moreover, acting CEQ chief Michael Boots doesn’t think the question is all that important. “Nobody inside that building is concerned about whether it’s ‘acting’ or not,” said Boots, in reference to the White House, in a brief interview here. [ read more … ]

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