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April 8, 2015

Wash.’s Inslee tapped to lead Governors’ Wind Energy Coalition 

Daniel Cusick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-04-08 06:13:17

A first-term Democratic governor from the Pacific Northwest and a seasoned Republican from the Corn Belt have been appointed chairman and vice chairman of the Governors’ Wind Energy Coalition, the organization announced yesterday. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D), elected to the statehouse in 2012 after resigning his seat in the U.S. House, will lead the group alongside Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (R), a two-time governor who served from 1983 to 1999 and was elected again in 2010 after 12 years out of office. He was re-elected in 2014. [ read more … ]

Transmission ‘disturbance’ leaves D.C. in the dark

Hannah Northey and Blake Sobczak, E&E reporters  •    •  Posted 2015-04-08 06:13:36

Large swaths of Washington, D.C., and Maryland went dark this afternoon, halting train service, affecting the Capitol and White House, and turning out the lights on a crowded room listening to Oprah Winfrey. A “major disturbance on the transmission system” occurred at about 12:30 p.m. in Pepco Holdings Inc.’s footprint that caused three power plants — about 2,000 megawatts — and transmission lines to shut down, according to PJM Interconnection, which operates the grid in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic. [ read more … ]

Grain Belt Express could come through Missouri with PSC approval

By Collin Reischman, Missouri Times  •    •  Posted 2015-04-08 06:13:54

Lawmakers frequently discuss ways to conserve the environment, but in Missouri, little action is taken. But one group is hoping Missouri regulators approve a project that allows them to them expand the state’s transmission grid in order to provide a cleaner, and hopefully cheaper energy to Missouri consumers. The Grain Belt Express Clean Line is a proposed 750-mile, four state, high-capacity direct current overhead transmission line designed specifically to transmit low-cost energy from wind turbines in western states like Kansas to consumers in Missouri, Illinois and Indiana. [ read more … ]

Developer scraps Md. turbine project, blames politics 

By Timothy B. Wheeler, Baltimore Sun  •    •  Posted 2015-04-08 06:14:10

A 25-turbine wind project planned for Maryland’s Somerset County has been scrapped, with developers blaming unforeseen political obstacles. Officials in the Eastern Shore community had welcomed the project, saying it would bring jobs to the state’s poorest county, but state lawmakers had concerns that the wind farm would interfere with a nearby naval air station. [ read more … ]

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