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December 22, 2014

EIA Sees 2015 Wind Growth Outside Tax Extension, Offering Boost For ESPS

By John Siciliano, Inside EPA  •    •  Posted 2014-12-22 06:44:51

Despite limited impact from the eleventh-hour passage of a vital tax credit extension for wind energy through the end of 2014, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) says wind projects will surge in the fourth quarter and through 2015, which could help states seeking to use more renewables to meet EPA’s climate rule targets. A Dec. 18 EIA analysis says that because the Senate extended the production tax credit (PTC) on Dec. 16 only through the end of the year, “this extension is unlikely to spur significant additional wind development activity beyond what installers had already planned.” [ read more … ]

Job losses hit all but renewable energy across power sector

By Laura Barron-Lopez, The  •    •  Posted 2014-12-22 06:46:15

The electric power generation sector lost more than 5,800 jobs over the last three years, according to an Energy Department stat shop. The losses hit all energy sources across electric power except for renewables, the Energy Information Administration said on Friday. The non-hydro renewable electricity sector, which includes wind and solar, gained roughly 1,800 jobs, EIA said. [ read more … ]

LES adds wind, solar farms in major push to renewable energy

By ALGIS J. LAUKAITIS, Lincoln Journal Star  •    •  Posted 2014-12-22 06:45:42

Lincoln Electric System officials on Friday announced plans to add two wind farms and a solar energy farm as part of an aggressive move toward utilizing more renewable energy. The pictured solar panels can generate as much as 50 kilowatts of electricity when the sun is shining. Friday was more than a banner day for the Lincoln Electric System. It was equivalent to a seismic shift in the way Lincoln residents will get their power over the next 25 years. Adding power from two wind farms and a solar energy project will increase the utility’s renewable generation portfolio to 48 percent by 2016. [ read more … ]

Lincoln Electric System to buy more wind energy

By Russell Hubbard / World-Herald staff writer  •    •  Posted 2014-12-22 06:45:17

Lincoln Electric System said Friday it has agreed to buy additional supplies of wind energy.

The customer-owned electric utility said it plans to buy 73 megawatts of wind energy by 2016 from the Prairie Breeze II Wind Energy Center in northeastern Nebraska and 100 megawatts from the Buckeye Wind Energy Center in north-central Kansas. LES also said Friday it plans to add five megawatts of solar power by 2016. The addition of wind and solar generation comes as the nation’s coal-fired electric plants face stricter emissions regulations, leading to plans for shuttering them or converting them to burn natural gas. By next year, Nebraska wind, solar and other renewable generation will account for about 1,209 megawatts, or about 14 percent of the state total. [ read more … ]

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