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October 6, 2014

Building wind power superhighways

By Julie Wernau, Chicago Tribune reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-10-06 05:03:10

The wind is so strong in Iowa and Kansas that more wind farms there could power the country’s largest cities if only there was a way to move that electricity to where most people live. Enter Michael Skelly, a Houston businessman who envisions building five superhighways — transmission lines — to carry vast amounts of wind-generated power across more than 3,000 miles, multiple states, hundreds of jurisdictions and thousands of pieces of privately owned land. The lines, the diameter of a human arm, would be hoisted on 150-foot-tall structures, about the height of the Statue of Liberty foot to top of torch. [ read more … ]

Oklahoma reconsiders wind-energy plans

By Sean Murphy, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2014-10-06 05:03:42

But now that wind turbines stand tall across many parts of the nation’s windy heartland, some leaders in Oklahoma and other states fear their efforts succeeded too well, attracting an industry that gobbles up huge subsidies, draws frequent complaints and uses its powerful lobby to resist any reforms. The tension could have broad implications for the expansion of wind power in other parts of the country.“What we’ve got in this state is a time bomb just waiting to go off,” said Frank Robson, a real estate developer from Claremore in northeast Oklahoma. “And the fuse is burning, and nobody is paying any attention to it.” [ read more … ]

North Dakota reservation gets fed funds for wind energy

Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2014-10-06 05:04:05

A wind turbine project on North Dakota’s Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indian Reservation is getting $90,000 in federal funds. U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp announced the funds from the U.S. Department of Interior in a statement Thursday. The money will reinstall a wind tower, update a feasibility study and get land for the project.
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The Most Ambitious Environmental Lawsuit Ever

By NATHANIEL RICH, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2014-10-06 05:04:30

But the hemorrhaging of Louisiana’s coastal wetlands has gone largely unremarked upon beyond state borders. This is surprising, because the wetlands, apart from their unique ecological significance and astounding beauty, buffer the impact of hurricanes that threaten not just New Orleans but also the port of South Louisiana, the nation’s largest; just under 10 percent of the country’s oil reserves; a quarter of its natural-gas supply; a fifth of its oil-refining capacity; and the gateway to its internal waterway system. The attenuation of Louisiana, like any environmental disaster carried beyond a certain point, is a national-security threat. [ read more … ]

Iowa State professor researching new wind turbine design

By Julie Ferrell, Staff Writer, Ames Tribune  •    •  Posted 2014-10-06 05:04:50

One Iowa State University professor is leading the development of a new way to increase national wind energy production. Sri Sritharan, ISU’s Wilson Engineering professor in civil, construction and environmental engineering and leader of the College of Engineering’s wind energy initiative, is developing new details for his Hexcrete project, a concrete alternative to create taller wind turbines across the country. [ read more … ]

EnergyWire’s Ferris talks Big Oil’s departure from renewable energy investments

By Monica Trauzzi, E&E  •    •  Posted 2014-10-06 05:05:09

Last month, Chevron Corp. announced the sale of its renewables subsidiary, following a trend by several oil majors to move away from clean energy investments. On today’s The Cutting Edge, EnergyWire reporter David Ferris discusses the shift in clean energy strategy at several oil companies and explains how it is impacting the renewable energy industry. [ read more … ]

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