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October 2, 2014

Coalition of utilities asks court to reconsider far-reaching transmission rule

Hannah Northey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-10-02 06:47:53

A group of nonprofit utilities this week petitioned a federal appeals court to reconsider its August decision to uphold Order 1000, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s landmark ruling that overhauls the process for upgrading the country’s aging electric grid. The Large Public Power Council, a group of locally owned and controlled not-for-profit power systems, askedthe U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to reconsider its ruling on Order 1000, one of the most complex and controversial rules ever issued by the commission. [ read more … ]

McAuliffe energy plan for Va. makes debut

By STEVE SZKOTAK – Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2014-10-02 06:48:30

Gov. Terry McAuliffe released his energy blueprint for Virginia on Wednesday, stressing a familiar “all of the above” strategy that promotes greater use of renewable generation such as solar and wind, efficiency and traditional sources of energy. The thick document, which goes to the General Assembly, was filed with the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy. McAuliffe will formally debut the four-year Virginia Energy Plan at an Oct. 14 event on the state’s energy future. [ read more … ]

A lighter-than-air turbine to harness high-altitude winds

By Nancy Szokan, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2014-10-02 06:48:45

Think of it as a Goodyear blimp for the era of alternative power. Well, sort of. What Erik Sofge describes in the October issue of Popular Sciencemagazine is a kind of giant tubular helium balloon with a three-bladed turbine inside, floating as much as 2,000 feet in the air so it can capture energy from winds that blow stronger and more steadily than they do at ground level. It’s the BAT, for buoyant airborne turbine, a robotic airship being developed by Altaeros Energies, a company founded in 2010 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The system is designed to deliver energy to a ground station via one of the cables that would tether the balloon to Earth. [ read more … ]

Ontario wind turbine project continues to expand

Daniel Cusick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-10-02 06:49:02

The Ontario Power Authority has agreed to purchase 100 megawatts of new generation from the Belle River Wind project in southern Ontario, developers Samsung C&T Corp. and Pattern Energy Group LP announced yesterday. The project, to be built in the town of Lakeshore about 40 miles east of Detroit, will be the fifth wind power project undertaken by Samsung and Pattern Energy in Ontario, where the companies have committed to spend $5 billion on renewable energy investments under a formal agreement with Ontario’s government. [ read more … ]

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