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October 15, 2014

EPA rule gives short shrift to renewable potential — scientists

Jean Chemnick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-10-15 06:31:00

U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan underestimates states’ capacity to ramp up renewable energy in the coming years and assigns them inappropriately easy carbon reduction targets as a result, a science advocacy group says. The Union of Concerned Scientists released a report today arguing that EPA’s June 2 proposal leaves money on the table when it comes to encouraging states to make the most of their clean energy potential. [ read more … ]

McAuliffe touts solar, wind energy for Virginia

By Associated Press   •    •  Posted 2014-10-15 06:31:19

Gov. Terry McAuliffe formally rolled out his energy plan for Virginia on Tuesday, advocating more renewable sources such as solar and wind, efficiency and traditional resources including natural gas. Federal dollars that have sustained the economies of northern Virginia and Hampton Roads, which has a huge military footprint, can’t be relied on in the future and an energy-based economy could be the solution, he said. [ read more … ]

Issues in Maine governor’s race: Energy

BY TUX TURKEL STAFF WRITER, Maine Sunday Telegraph  •    •  Posted 2014-10-15 06:31:43

Mainers live in a cold climate and are burdened by above-average rates for heat and electricity. So the choices that the next governor makes about energy policy will affect everyone who pays to keep the lights on and the house warm. But energy policy is about more than just paying bills. Decisions made by state government are intertwined with big-picture issues ranging from economic development to climate change. [ read more … ]

Iowa’s scientists release statement on health effects of climate change

By Timothy Meinch, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted 2014-10-15 06:32:03

Professors and scientists in Iowa last week emphasized the tangible effects climate change will have on local lives. Over 180 science faculty members and researchers from 38 colleges endorsed this year’s Iowa Climate Statement, which was released at the Iowa Capitol on Friday. The aim of the statement is to increase Iowans’ access to resources and scientific data, according to its authors. [ read more … ]

Software aids grid operators struggling with the vagaries of renewable energy

Daniel Cusick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-10-15 06:32:37

One of the top challenges facing electric utilities and grid operators over the coming decade will be how to integrate distributed energy, such as that produced by rooftop solar panels and wind turbines, into the electricity mix without compromising the steady flow of electrons to the end-users when and where they need them. The exploding growth of such energy resources, called distributed generation (DG), has already become a central issue in states like California, Hawaii, New Jersey and even North Carolina, where solar and wind power represent ever-larger parts of the electricity mix. [ read more … ]

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