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February 13, 2015

EPA hints it may change carbon rule’s time frame 

Scott Detrow, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-02-13 06:42:43

Acting Assistant U.S. EPA Administrator Janet McCabe didn’t make any specific promises during her testimony before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee yesterday morning. But between the lines of her answers, the agency’s top air quality official delivered a clear signal to the state officials charged with implementing the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan: There’s a strong chance EPA will back away from the interim 2020 goals many states have decried as unreasonable, rushed and too expensive to comply with. [ read more … ]

China Wind Power Capacity Jumps to Record High

By the Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2015-02-13 06:43:10

China boosted its installed wind energycapacity last year to a record 19.81 million kilowatts as the world’s biggest greenhouse gas emitter tries to switch its power grid to cleaner energy sources.

The National Energy Administration said Thursday that wind farms produced 153.4 billion kilowatt hours of electric power in 2014, making up 2.8 percent of total generated electricity. [ read more … ]

Google campus on track to use 100% renewable energy 

By Matt O’Brien, Spokane Spokesman-Review  •    •  Posted 2015-02-13 06:43:30

Google has announced it is purchasing power from Altamont Pass, one of the country’s oldest and largest windfarms in California’s San Joaquin Valley. The technology company recently inked a 20-year agreement with Florida-based NextEra Energy Inc. About 770 wind turbines from the 1980s will be replaced this year by 48 new turbines, which will double energy production. [ read more … ]

Whatever happened to offshore wind energy? Five years since Lake Michigan wind turbines proposed

By Stephen Kloosterman,  •    •  Posted 2015-02-13 06:43:53

Visions of large, white wind-energy blades sweeping up the horizon have faded five years since a wind farm was proposed for Lake Michigan off the West Michigan coast. Five years ago, Scandia Wind created quite a stir by proposing a large wind-energy project, generating much discussion and debate in West Michigan, especially in Mason, Oceana, Muskegon and Ottawa counties. After months of talk in 2009 and 2010, the discussion of putting wind turbines in Lake Michigan has been relatively silent since.
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