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April 13, 2015

On heels of Obama plan, researchers warn of climate link to diseases from cholera to asthma 

Umair Irfan, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-04-13 04:56:41

n pitching his proposal for cutting greenhouse gas emissions, President Obama has repeatedly made solving problems like asthma attacks a central pillar. “Often, these illnesses are aggravated by air pollution, pollution from the same sources that release carbon and contribute to climate change, and for the sake of all of our kids, we’ve got to do more to reduce it,” Obama said last year just before U.S. EPA announced its emissions-cutting proposal. The president again reiterated his case for cutting carbon emissions this week, bringing up his daughter’s troubles with asthma. [ read more … ]

How Conservative Texas Took The Lead in U.S. Wind Power 

By Roger Real Drouin, Yale Environment 360  •    •  Posted 2015-04-13 04:57:02

When the King Mountain Wind Ranch was built in 2001 south of Odessa, Texas, it was the largest wind project in the world, with 214 turbines capable of generating 278 megawatts of electricity. Fourteen years later, the company that constructed King Mountain, RES Americas, has developed a total of 15 wind farms in Texas capable of generating about 2,200 megawatts of electricity — enough to power about 600,000 homes under average wind conditions. The developer has yet another wind farm currently under construction, all because the windswept Texas prairie “provided a great natural resource and Texans were supportive of wind energy,” says Chad Horton, vice president of development for RES Americas. [ read more … ]

Colorado’s big coal-burning utilities take a turn to renewable energy

By Mark Jaffe, The Denver Post  •    •  Posted 2015-04-13 04:57:33

Most of the electricity produced in Colorado still comes from burning coal, but even the state’s two largest coal burners are adding more renewable energy. The Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association and Platte River Power Authority each recently announced plans for new renewable energy sources. “We’ve seen the prices dropping, and we’ve been able to add these renewable energy projects,” said Lee Boughey, a spokesman for Westminster-based Tri-State. Tri-State announced this month that it would add a 150-megawatt wind farm in Kit Carson County. Platte River Power, based in Fort Collins, is set to add a 22-megawatt solar installation near Wellington. [ read more … ]

2015 prediction — coal plant closures peak, while renewables and gas surge to new highs 

Daniel Cusick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-04-13 04:57:57

The transformation of the U.S. electricity sector will quicken in 2015, as the country is expected to rely on more natural gas, solar and wind energy than ever before, according to new projections published yesterday by Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Coal plant closures are also expected to peak this year, with 23 gigawatts of capacity coming offline in anticipation of tough new federal regulations targeting power plant emissions of mercury and other pollutants, Bloomberg analysts said in the firm’s “Midterm Outlook U.S. Power” for 2015. [ read more … ]

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