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December 23, 2014

Future of wind farms in Ohio is cloudy 

By Dan Gearino, The Columbus Dispatch   •    •  Posted 2014-12-23 06:25:19

Wind-energy development in Ohio has entered a long and sometimes agonizing limbo. State regulators have approved 11 projects that have yet to install a single wind turbine. Developers say the projects — which would more than triple the state’s wind-energy output — are alive, despite state laws passed this year that some of the same companies said would kill investment. At the same time, local residents say they are stuck waiting to see what will happen with proposed projects in their communities. This includes people who support and oppose the turbines. [ read more … ]

Local View: LES should use Nebraska wind

By SEN. KEN HAAR, Lincoln Journal Star  •    •  Posted 2014-12-23 06:25:38

While the purchase of Kansas wind may perhaps save some money for LES customers, the National Renewable Energy Lab has calculated that a 100-megawatt wind project would bring between $87 million and $186 million in economic development to Nebraska. When added to the wind purchase from Oklahoma announced earlier this year, this is a total of $174 million to $372 million in economic benefit that went out of state instead of into Nebraska’s economy. [ read more … ]

Natural Gas: Abundance of Supply and Debate

By JOHN SCHWARTZ, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2014-12-23 06:26:11

Natural gas is the Rorschach test of energy policy. Depending on one’s point of view, it can be either an essential tool for meeting the challenge of climate change or another dirty fossil fuel that will speed the planet down the path to calamitous warming. [ read more … ]

Energy-Storage Plans Gain Ground in California 

By MATTHEW L. WALD, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2014-12-23 06:26:31

In an unusual competition in California, proposals for energy storage systems beat out hundreds of bids to construct new power plants as a way to meet peak power needs. Southern California Edison has retired its San Onofre nuclear reactors and is planning to retire natural gas units with environmentally troublesome cooling systems. So it invited proposals for storage — including conventional batteries and giant ice packs — and new gas-fired power plants. To the surprise of the utility and even the storage companies, in many cases storage won. Demand response, or agreements with customers who volunteer to be unplugged at certain times, also did well. [ read more … ]

Comment: Who really has grassroots support? Wind energy

By Shauna Theel, The  •    •  Posted 2014-12-23 06:26:56

In the face of this widespread support, opponents such as the billionaire Koch brothers, who have significant financial interests in fossil fuels, have had to manufacture opposition. They have created a series of groups all with different names, but one common denominator: funding from the Koch brothers.And yet wind energy supporters include hundreds of other U.S. businesses. They know how wind energy can invigorate local economies with affordable power and manufacturing jobs. [ read more … ]

Some states use laws and rules to slow growth of renewable energy 

Scott Detrow, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-12-23 06:27:15

Renewable energy and energy efficiency account for half of the building blocks EPA has suggested to states as ways to achieve their emissions reduction goals. As of now, Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) are the highest-profile way states have encouraged renewable growth. Approximately 30 states have RPS laws in place. And while the percentages and timelines differ, the bulk of states with standards require utilities to purchase somewhere in the range of 15 to 25 percent of their energy from alternative sources within the next decade or so. [ read more … ]

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