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April 29, 2015

Murkowski, Moniz camaraderie could bode well for compromise bill 

Hannah Northey and Nick Juliano, E&E reporters  •    •  Posted 2015-04-29 07:01:08

The relationship will be key as Murkowski tries to take some of the recommendations from the QER and turn them into the first bipartisan, comprehensive energy bill to be signed into law since President Obama’s days in the Senate. Following yesterday’s hearing, Murkowski said she hoped Moniz and his staff would follow up on the 347-page QER with more specific legislative language that could be incorporated into an eventual bill. “The secretary is a guy who’s not just focused on sending a message,” she added. “I think he likes to get things done.” [ read more … ]

Offshore Wind Energy Sector Off to Slow Start in US

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS  •    •  Posted 2015-04-29 07:01:25

Developers and industry experts say the offshore wind energy sector is off to such a slow start in the U.S. because of regulatory hurdles, opposition from fossil fuel interests and the trials and tribulations of doing something for the first time. While they’ve tempered their expectations that offshore wind energy will come to the U.S. in a big way anytime soon, many are hoping Deepwater Wind’s wind farm will pave the way for other projects. There are 11 offshore wind projects in various stages of development in 10 states, according to the American Wind Energy Association. Deepwater Wind is the farthest along. [ read more … ]

Eminent domain legislation advances in Iowa Legislature

By Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2015-04-29 07:02:16

The proposed change could impact two current proposals. One is to build an oil pipeline that would ship 450,000 barrels daily from production sites in North Dakota to an oil hub in Illinois. The other proposal is to build an electrical line across 16 Iowa counties would transmit wind-generated energy from Iowa to customers in the Midwest and East Coast [ read more … ]

Audi sets sights on ‘blue crude’ 

By Douglas Perry, Portland Oregonian  •    •  Posted 2015-04-29 07:02:36

Dubbed “blue crude,” the fuel does not contain any sulfur or fossil oil but has an overall energy efficiency of 70 percent. The fuel is created by harnessing renewable energy to split water into oxygen and pure hydrogen. The hydrogen is then mixed with carbon monoxide, which reacts at high temperatures and under pressure, creating the long-chain hydrocarbon compounds that make up blue crude.
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‘Solar gardens’ could meet half of U.S. PV power by decade’s end — NREL

Daniel Cusick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-04-29 07:02:54

A new analysis from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory finds that shared photovoltaic (PV) solar systems — also called community solar projects or “solar gardens” — could account for one-third to one-half of all solar PV power in the United States by 2020. Achieving such robust growth will depend on a variety of factors, according to NREL energy analyst David Feldman, the report’s lead author. They include the continued expansion of net metering and other utility programs encouraging solar adoption, rising customer awareness of solar’s costs and benefits, and the ironing out of financial and regulatory issues that have effectively locked half of U.S. households and businesses out of the solar marketplace. [ read more … ]

Big energy-storing batteries make rapid inroads in Europe to support power grid 

Eric Marx, E&E Europe correspondent  •    •  Posted 2015-04-29 07:01:55

Grid-scale battery storage solutions have arrived in Europe, despite a lingering controversy. No longer a distant dream, projects in Germany are already feeding energy into the grid, while in the United Kingdom and Italy, commercial projects are close to coming online. Yet their breakthrough potential — for the quick balancing of intermittent renewables and eventual replacement of fossil power plants — has not been fully tested. Grid-level energy storage remains a new frontier, and among a host of modern storage options, batteries are still sometimes tagged as too costly and unproven in real-world environments. [ read more … ]

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