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March 17, 2015

U.S. to fund bigger wind turbine blades

By Daniel J. Graeber, UPI  •    •  Posted 2015-03-17 07:16:52

More than $1.5 million in federal funding is available for research and development of bigger wind turbine blades, the U.S. Department of Energy announced. The department in December outlined parts of the country where the next generation of wind turbines could be installed. The new areas would roughly triple the amount of land suitable for wind energy development through taller, and potentially multi-megawatt, turbine structures. [ read more … ]

Clean Power Plan not a danger to PJM states — report 

Jean Chemnick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-03-17 07:17:20

The strategic consulting firm Analysis Group took aim again today at Clean Power Plan critics who charge the U.S. EPA rule will harm grid reliability. In a new report focused on the area served by regional transmission organization PJM Interconnection, the Analysis Group argued that the existing power plant rule allows ample opportunity for states to construct rules that will safeguard power supplies while reducing carbon dioxide. Today’s report argued that dire warnings about grid reliability are common whenever a major change in the industry is proposed but that issues would only come about if states, regulators and the industry go on autopilot and refuse to respond to problems before they arise.
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Kansas Senate panel considers cutting renewable energy tax break

By ASSOCIATED PRESS  •    •  Posted 2015-03-17 07:17:39

Kansas companies that produce energy from wind, solar or other renewable resources would lose their property tax exemption under a bill discussed by a Senate panel Monday. Such companies have been exempt from property tax since 1999. A bill discussed by the Senate Assessment and Taxation Committee would instead give those companies a 10-year exemption starting with the launch date of each project. [ read more … ]

Comment: Strong energy policy should follow the market

By James Hewett, The Hill  •    •  Posted 2015-03-17 07:18:02

When businesses are able to invest in high-growth markets, it almost always means job creation, too. One of the most overlooked aspects of policies like the PTC and ITC, is that they spur investment and job creation in places that need it most; locales like the Rust Belt and our Great Plains benefit greatly for instance. Before renewable energy tax policy was passed, a negligible number of Americans worked in the renewable industry. But since their passage the number of American workers in the clean power sector has swelled to well over half a million. [ read more … ]

IEA says energy emissions held steady last year as the global economy grew — a first in 40 years 

Lisa Friedman, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-03-17 07:18:18

The world’s energy-related carbon dioxide emissions stopped rising in 2014, even as the economy grew, according to early data released by the International Energy Agency (IEA). Researchers said the early numbers showing that CO2 emissions remained steady at 32.3 billion metric tons in 2014 — marking the first time in 40 years that a dip in energy-sector emissions has not been linked to an economic downturn — were encouraging. Others, though, cautioned that it remains unclear if the figures represent a trend or a one-off situation. [ read more … ]

Hill fills EPA’s mailbox with letters on carbon rule 

Jean Chemnick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-03-17 07:18:35

The art of letter writing isn’t dead, at least if you’re a member of Congress concerned about the Clean Power Plan. Capitol Hill spent much of the winter writing to U.S. EPA, supporting or opposing its marquee proposal to curb power-sector carbon dioxide emissions, according to records kept by the agency and obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request. [ read more … ]

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