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January 27, 2015

More trouble for Cape Wind with wholesale market suspension 

Ariel Wittenberg, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-01-27 06:36:22

Cape Wind’s future is again in doubt this week after New England’s grid operator suspended the offshore wind developer from participating in wholesale electricity markets — at the same time Cape Wind executives are seeking to downplay the project’s termination of land-use agreements. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy Production Tax brings $27.9 million to Worthington and surrounding counties

By Worthing Minnesota Daily Globe  •    •  Posted 2015-01-27 06:35:22

Wind development has grown into a significant industry for the Nobles and Jackson County area. Revenue from the Wind Energy Production Tax this year was already 10 times higher than it was a decade earlier. Over that same period, more than $27.9 million has been paid to counties, townships and schools in the Nobles County and Jackson County area, including $8.9 million to those units in Nobles and Jackson counties alone. [ read more … ]

Oklahoma Wind enegy project long time coming, long ways to go

By ROD WALTON, World Business Editor, Tulsa World  •    •  Posted 2015-01-27 06:35:47

Patience is both a virtue and professional necessity for Michael Skelly. More than five years ago, the CEO of Clean Line Energy Partners LP and his company began the process to eventually build something called the Plains and Eastern Clean Line. The project will be a 700-mile, 600-kilovolt, direct current transmission line bringing wind energy from the Oklahoma Panhandle, Texas and Kansas to electricity utilities in Arkansas and Tennessee. If all goes as planned, construction on the $2 billion Clean Line will begin next year and be operational by 2018. [ read more … ]

AWEA’s Kiernan talks future of PTC support following Obama remarks on wind power leadership 

Monica Trauzzi, E&E  •    •  Posted 2015-01-27 06:36:05

Did President Obama’s State of the Union remarks on wind power’s leadership role indicate a shift in support for the production tax credit? During today’s OnPoint, Tom Kiernan, CEO of the American Wind Energy Association, explains why his industry continues to need the PTC, despite its global leadership. He also talks about his organization’s lobbying strategy for the Republican-controlled Congress. [ read more … ]

Obama admin to approve hotly debated N.M.-to-Ariz. project 

Scott Streater, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-01-27 06:36:43

The Interior Department is set to issue final approval of a 515-mile-long multistate transmission line project that the Obama administration considers a top priority but that has been hounded by concerns it could compromise a New Mexico missile testing range and degrade a pristine Arizona river valley. At issue is the SunZia Southwest Transmission Project, which is projected to carry as much as 4,500 megawatts of what proponents say will be mostly wind-generated electricity from northeast New Mexico to an electric distribution point northwest of Tucson, Ariz. [ read more … ]

Renewable Groups Urge EPA To Boost Solar, Wind Assumptions In ESPS

By John Siciliano, Inside EPA  •    •  Posted 2015-01-27 06:37:39

Renewable energy groups say EPA used old data in calculating states’ greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets under the existing power plant rule, which underestimates the potential of solar, wind and other renewables in meeting the goals and creates a scenario where states may “over-rely” on natural gas to meet the rule’s targets. The renewable industry groups are urging EPA to update the existing source performance standards (ESPS) to reflect higher values for renewable energy potential, include more accurate cost assumptions, and adopt the “alternative approach” that EPA proposed that the industry believes is a more accurate method to calculate the rule’s state-specific targets. [ read more … ]

Bloomberg, Paulson and Steyer release bipartisan report on climate change risks to Midwest 

Benjamin Hulac, Niina Heikkinen and Daniel Cusick, E&E reporters  •    •  Posted 2015-01-27 06:37:21

The Midwest is home to 1 in 5 Americans and an outsized manufacturing sector that consumes 20 percent more energy per dollar of economic output than the national average, the report found. The region is responsible for higher per-capita greenhouse gas emissions, too, emitting 22 percent more than the U.S. average. In a county-by-county perspective, the study compiled results on heat-related deaths, increased electricity demand, climbing energy costs, dipping labor output, dwindling crop yields and damage to transportation infrastructure. [ read more … ]

Renewable Groups Urge EPA To Boost Solar, Wind Assumptions In ESPS

By John Siciliano, Inside EPA  •    •  Posted 2015-01-27 06:37:39

Renewable energy groups say EPA used old data in calculating states’ greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets under the existing power plant rule, which underestimates the potential of solar, wind and other renewables in meeting the goals and creates a scenario where states may “over-rely” on natural gas to meet the rule’s targets. The renewable industry groups are urging EPA to update the existing source performance standards (ESPS) to reflect higher values for renewable energy potential, include more accurate cost assumptions, and adopt the “alternative approach” that EPA proposed that the industry believes is a more accurate method to calculate the rule’s state-specific targets. [ read more … ]

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