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March 12, 2012

Senate passage of reauthorization expected soon; pressure on House leaders grows

Jason Plautz  •  E&E  •  Posted 2012-03-12 11:41:08

The foot is on the gas pedal in the Senate as analysts expect a transportation reauthorization bill to finally clear the chamber early this week. That puts all of the momentum with the upper chamber and could force the hand of House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), who is still scrambling to pull together enough votes for a bill that could be tied to his disparate party. The House is out for the week, but members say that doesn’t mean the transportation bill will be out of their minds. [ read more … ]

Renewable Energy Throws Power Grid Off Balance

Christopher Joyce  •  NPR News  •  Posted 2012-03-12 10:12:03

The National Academy of Engineering in Washington, D.C., once asked its members to pick the greatest engineering achievement ever. Their choice? The electrification of the country through what’s known as “the grid.”
Ernest Moniz, director of the Energy Institute at MIT, says they were right on the money. [ read more … ]

Midwest grid needs upgrades for wind power, but cost-sharing plan draws fire in Mich.

Daniel Cusick,  •  E&E  •  Posted 2012-03-12 11:44:22

n the Midwest, as in much of the country, the benefits of clean energy are only as real as the ability to move that power to market. Yet despite concerted efforts at the federal and regional levels to create an “interstate highway system” for electricity to flow across state and even national boundaries, renewable energy providers continue to face roadblocks in getting their power to market. [ read more … ]

Texas sets wind power records with new grid analysis

  •  Reuters  •  Posted 2012-03-12 11:44:50

Texas set new records for wind-power output this week using a new transmission analysis tool that allows more wind to flow on power lines from west Texas to power-consuming cities hundreds of miles away, the state grid operator said. [ read more … ]

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