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April 2, 2015

It doesn’t really matter what you believe’ — former TVA chairman talks of life after fossil fuels 

Edward Klump, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-04-02 06:43:43

“Let me just remind you that we have an uninvited guest in this room that’s sitting next to each and every one of you and hovering over you — and she is called Mother Nature,” Freeman, a former chairman at the Tennessee Valley Authority, told a crowd here. “And it doesn’t really matter what you believe; she’s here, and she will dominate the energy policy of this country for the rest of your life,” he said. [ read more … ]

Diverse central states echo reliability concerns at final Clean Power Plan conference 

Jeffrey Tomich, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-04-02 06:44:06

The changes in power plant fleets that will be required by U.S. EPA’s Clean Power plan are too much, too fast, and threaten electric affordability and reliability, a group of utilities and state regulators from up and down the nation’s central corridor said here yesterday. The comments came during the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s final regional hearing on implementation of the proposed rule, which calls for reducing carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants by 30 percent over the next 15 years. [ read more … ]

Siemens Proves Wind Energy’s “Outstanding” Potential

By  Joshua S Hill, CleanTechnia  •    •  Posted 2015-04-02 06:44:32

Germany multinational Siemens announced the results of a “detailed ecological review of its wind turbines.” The study was the result of efforts to maintain “a high degree of transparency” for its customers and the authorities, and was aimed at reviewing “the actual benefits of green power for the environment.” Many critics of wind energy (of which there are not many) often attempt to highlight supposed inadequacies in the manufacturing process which they say belittles the supposed environmental benefits resulting from the operation of wind turbines. Siemens study, however, puts the lie to this suggestion.
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FERC rejects operator’s bid to salvage demand response 

Hannah Northey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-04-02 06:44:52

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in a split vote last night rejected PJM Interconnection’s bid to salvage its ability to use demand-response programs, casting the proposal as “premature” given the issue may be taken up by the Supreme Court. FERC Chairwoman Cheryl LaFleur and Commissioners Philip Moeller, Colette Honorable and Norman Bay denied PJM’s plan to change the way demand response is treated in annual capacity auctions, changes that would apply for the 2018/2019 delivery year. Commissioner Tony Clark cast the lone dissenting vote, calling on the agency to be proactive. [ read more … ]

Nebraska committee advance renewable energy tax credit bill

By Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2015-04-02 06:45:11

A proposed tax credit for Nebraska-based renewable energy projects has advanced out of a legislative committee. The Revenue Committee voted 5-2 on Wednesday to send the bill to the full Legislature for debate. The measure by Sen. Jeremy Nordquist of Omaha would increase the state credit for facilities that generate electricity with wind and other renewable sources. The measure is designed to attract in-state investors and help Nebraska compete with nearby states that offer tax credits. [ read more … ]

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