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October 7, 2014

Kansas wind energy industry set to take off

BY DAN VOORHIS, THE WICHITA EAGLE  •    •  Posted 2014-10-07 06:39:24

Three-quarters of the way through 2014, Kansas’ wind energy industry is shifting from ice cold to red hot. The state has nearly 3,000 megawatts of wind energy capacity in 25 wind farms, placing it among the top states in the nation. This year started slowly, with months going by with little activity. But at this point, there are four wind farms under construction, with about 475 megawatts of capacity. They are Slate Creek wind farm in Sumner County, Waverly wind farm in Coffey County, Alexander wind farm in Rush County and Marshall wind farm in Marshall County. [ read more … ]

Coming boom in energy storage will make technology companies rich but harm traditional utilities, Citigroup predicts

Daniel Cusick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-10-07 06:39:47

Advances in energy storage technology over the next 15 years will allow for significant reductions in both costs and payback time for renewable energy systems and allow self-generation to become even more competitive with traditional utility-delivered electricity, a new report from Citigroup states. [ read more … ]

Who are the Big Ten in the carbon pollution business?

Gayathri Vaidyanathan, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-10-07 06:40:09

What ties America’s second-biggest energy company, ConocoPhillips Co., to a small Houston-based shale driller, Halcón Resources Corp.? They had some of the worst carbon pollution rates among their peers in 2012. Oil and gas operations have come under scrutiny for their climate impacts primarily because they leak methane, a potent greenhouse gas. The fossil fuel sector is the second-biggest emitter of the gas, which is 86 times as bad as carbon dioxide for the climate on a 20-year time scale. Where carbon dioxide works over centuries to wreak climate havoc, methane is its speedier cousin, working much more rapidly before decaying into less virulent gases. For climate change, both gases matter. [ read more … ]

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