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March 2, 2015

Kansas wind, ethanol industries ride through a rough patch ahead

BY DAN VOORHIS, Wichita Eagle  •    •  Posted 2015-03-02 06:44:11

Kansas has been called the “Saudi Arabia of wind,” but why limit ourselves? We have lots of wind. We have lots of sun. We have lots of grain for ethanol. Renewable sources of energy are big business in Kansas. The sector, largely ethanol and wind, make up about 10 percent of the energy consumed in all forms by Kansans, according to the U.S. Energy Information Agency. [ read more … ]

Vermont House endorses renewable energy package

By DAVE GRAM, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS  •    •  Posted 2015-03-02 06:44:33

Vermont’s new requirement would stipulate that utilities get 55 percent of their power from renewable sources by 2017, ramping up to 75 percent by 2032. Some have met or exceeded those goals already, since Vermont gets big chunks of power from hydroelectric dams — which are considered renewable — as well as biomass plants like the wood chip-burning McNeil power plant in Burlington. [ read more … ]

Activists try to breathe life into Cape Wind

By Dan Adams, Boston Globe  •    •  Posted 2015-03-02 06:44:52

Cape Wind may be dead in the water, but climate activists aren’t giving up on the ambitious offshore turbine project yet. In January, after a decade of starts and stops, National Grid and other utility companies that had promised to purchase power from Cape Wind pulled out of their contracts, citing backers’ failure to meet key financing deadlines. Without buyers lined up, the project is effectively stalled. Now, a coalition of environmental groups led by the Better Future Project have kicked off a “hail Mary” campaign asking National Grid president Marcy Reed to reconsider. [ read more … ]

Eiffel tower embraces wind power

James Murray, The Guardian  •    •  Posted 2015-02-27 06:49:24

One of the world’s most iconic sites has become the latest high profile venue to embrace renewable energy, after the installation of two vertical axis wind turbines as part of the Eiffel tower’s high profile renovation project. US-based onsite renewables specialist Urban Green Energy (UGE) announced on Tuesday that it has fitted two turbines at the site capable of delivering 10,000kWh of electricity annually, equivalent to the power used by the commercial areas on the Eiffel tower’s first floor. [ read more … ]

Comment: U.S. must remain No. 1 in wind energy

By James Walker, Former chairman, American Wind Energy Assocoation, Kearney Hub  •    •  Posted 2015-03-02 06:45:42

Wind power is one of the great success stories of the modern economy. Inventors in New Hampshire launched the world’s first wind farm 35 years ago. In the early 1980s, just one state, California, housed more than 80 percent of all installed wind power worldwide. Today, U.S. wind turbines are so productive that our nation regularly finishes ahead of other countries that have also installed large numbers of turbines, including China, Spain and Germany. This is some of the best infrastructure America has ever built. [ read more … ]

The grid’s electricity storage market booms as regulators race to develop safety standards 

Umair Irfan, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-03-02 06:46:16

“We are increasing our commitment to storage,” said Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz in a House budget hearing this week. Storing energy on the grid is a big part of making intermittent renewable energy more palatable for utilities. Industry officials also want EPA to include storage as a way to comply with the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan, as well as state renewable portfolio standards. [ read more … ]

Midwest law center can compromise but doesn’t fear a fight 

Jeremy P. Jacobs, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-03-02 06:46:37

ELPC is among a few regional environmental law centers that operate in the gap between national Goliaths like the Natural Resources Defense Council and small grass-roots organizations. The center takes on major litigation — fighting lawsuits brought by former Chesapeake Energy Corp. CEO Aubrey McClendon, arguing for solar and wind energy in state Supreme Courts, and battling Great Lakes pollution. [ read more … ]

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