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September 29, 2014

Inside The $8 Billion California Wind Energy Project

by Tina Casey , Clean Technica  •    •  Posted 2014-09-29 05:00:19

Our friends over at Fuel Fix have the scoop on a proposed $8 billion California wind energy project that could blow the socks off the regional renewable energy market. The idea would be to use Wyoming as a site for a new wind farm — which would be one of the largest in the US — and schlep the energy over to Los Angeles on new and existing transmission lines. But, that’s not what caught our eye. The key to the $8 billion California wind energy project, the thing that helps fulfill the Los Angeles vision of a sustainable, secure energy source, would be a massive compressed air energy storage system using salt caverns in Utah. [ read more … ]

President’s Drive for Carbon Pricing Fails to Win at Home

By CORAL DAVENPORT, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2014-09-29 05:00:48

President Obama stood in the chamber of the United Nations General Assembly last week and urged the world to follow his example and fight global warming. But a major new declaration calling for a global price on carbon — signed by 74 countries and more than 1,000 businesses and investors — is missing a key signatory: the United States.
The declaration, released by the World Bank the day before Mr. Obama’s speech at the United Nations Climate Summit, has been signed by China, Shell, Dow Chemical and Coca-Cola. It calls on all nations to enact laws forcing industries to pay for the carbon emissions that scientists say are the leading cause of global warming. [ read more … ]

Wind power puts Iowa ahead in carbon emissions cuts

By Donnelle Eller, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted 2014-09-29 05:01:01

Iowa’s adoption of wind energy is putting it ahead of other states in meeting carbon reduction goals proposed by U.S. EPA. The state gets the highest percentage of its electricity from wind power in the country. Iowa’s adoption of the alternative energy source means it would only have to cut its carbon emissions by 16 percent by 2030 under EPA’s proposed rule. By comparison, the average national carbon emission cuts are 30 percent. [ read more … ]

Arcane technical standards play key role in solar power’s future

Peter Behr, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-09-29 05:01:20

For all their environmental bad marks, U.S. coal-fired power plants have been good citizens of the grid, their engineers are quick to say, rapidly and dependably adjusting output to keep power in balance and flowing. Now, as wind farms and distributed solar power spread, so must sophisticated electronic devices that will have to help take over the essential stabilizing role of retired coal plants. [ read more … ]

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