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March 31, 2015

Clean Power Plan expected to propel wind development in central states

Jeffrey Tomich, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-03-31 06:56:03

Some of the issues are ones the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is expected to explore tomorrow when it hosts the last of three regional meetings on Clean Power Plan implementation in St. Louis. FERC’s focus will go way beyond the integration of renewable energy, of course. But the role of wind as a compliance tool for states looms large across the central region that’s the focus of the meeting. States including Iowa, South Dakota, Kansas, Minnesota and Oklahoma each get at least 15 percent of their electricity from wind and will undoubtedly be looking to do more as a way of reducing the carbon intensity of its generating fleet. [ read more … ]

Wind, solar associations’ report details Clean Power Plan strategies

Nick Juliano, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-03-31 06:56:30

Trade associations representing the U.S. wind and solar industries today released a new report recommending ways to incorporate renewable energy policies into plans states must develop to reduce power-sector greenhouse gas emissions. The “Handbook for States” from the American Wind Energy Association and Solar Energy Industries Association breaks down the requirements of U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan, which directs states to come up with plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through new regulations on coal-fired power plants; energy efficiency; additional use of natural gas; and increasing emissions-free sources of electricity, including renewables and nuclear power. [ read more … ]

Clean Power Plan could tank Wyo. coal industry — report 

Krysti Shallenberger, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-03-31 06:56:53

“Clearly coal is going to be affected the most,” said Robert Godby, professor of economics at the University of Wyoming and lead author on the report. “Given that how much it could affect the state, the takeaway is that carbon regulations will reduce the demand for coal. The state then faces two problems. One is the economic affect of a significant sector of the state reduced in size and the state revenue that depends on that sector.” [ read more … ]

Ocean-based wind turbines, tested in Europe, may come to a coast near you 

Eric Marx, E&E Europe correspondent  •    •  Posted 2015-03-31 06:57:11

Block Island, a quiet, sparsely populated Rhode Island sanctuary of about 750 year-round residents, will soon become the site of America’s first commercial-scale offshore wind farm. Construction of five 6-megawatt wind turbines will begin later this summer, introducing the industry to the United States after years of frustrating setbacks. “Seeing it operate will be a catalytic event,” predicted Jeff Grybowski, CEO of Deepwater Wind, a Providence-based energy firm and developer of the project. [ read more … ]

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