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May 12, 2015

Moving electricity across the West

By Joseph Ditzler, The Bulletin  •    •  Posted 2015-05-12 06:33:23

PacifiCorp, the parent company of Pacific Power, provides power across six states, its 16,300-plus miles of transmission lines spread like a fishing net over Wyoming, Idaho, Utah, Oregon, Washington and Northern California. Bringing the two together means potentially lower costs for consumers for electrical power, whether generated from fossil fuels or renewable sources such as wind, water and solar. A merger could put more renewable power on the grid and drive down the cost to generate that power, according to PacifiCorp and advocates for renewable energy. [ read more … ]

With Clean Power Plan looming, Ga. gives wind an airing 

Kristi E. Swartz, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-05-12 06:34:18

Georgia Power and clean energy advocates agree on this: The Peach State could do more when it comes to wind energy. What they disagree on is how much and when. With the combination of cheap wind and U.S. EPA’s proposed rule that targets greenhouse gas emissions, there’s an opportunity for wind in Georgia to be built or bought, renewable energy boosters said. The state has to reduce its carbon emissions rate by 44 percent under the current proposed target by EPA. [ read more … ]

Midwest states eye carbon trading to meet EPA targets

BY VALERIE VOLCOVICI, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2015-05-12 06:33:57

Even as some of them fight Washington’s new clean air regulations in court, coal-reliant Midwestern states are asking the Obama administration to provide rules for an emissions trading platform that would help them meet the federal greenhouse gas standards. Late last month, a coalition of power companies, regulators and green groups known as the Midwestern Power Sector Collaborative (MPSC) asked the Environmental Protection Agency to create ground rules for states that want to trade carbon emissions permits with other states, an option it feels would offer one of the cheapest options to meet the agency’s proposed Clean Power Plan. [ read more … ]

Window narrows for FERC to suggest reliability tools 

Rod Kuckro and Emily Holden, E&E reporters  •    •  Posted 2015-05-12 06:34:40

Time is running short for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to weigh in on how to address reliability concerns arising from state compliance with U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan, although the industry seems to be coalescing around tools that might be needed. One FERC watcher thinks EPA will send the plan to the White House Office of Management and Budget by the end of this month, leaving little time for the agency to develop a consensus. Still, others predict that EPA’s expectation of publishing the rule in “midsummer” could mean late July or August. [ read more … ]

Editorial: Aim higher on wind power

By The Wichita Eagle Editorial Board  •    •  Posted 2015-05-12 06:35:03

So there will be no legislative fight over wind energy this year, and renewable energy producers will know where they stand in Kansas. That’s about the best that can be said of a compromise on a fast track to the governor’s desk. Six years ago, the Legislature and then-Gov. Mark Parkinson threw open the state’s borders to wind investment with the renewable portfolio standard (RPS) mandating that green-energy resources account for 20 percent of utilities’ capacity to generate electricity by 2020. It was part of a deal struck to allow an expansion of a coal-fired power plant near Holcomb. Though the power plant is pending, most of the state’s utilities have reached the 20 percent level for renewables. Proponents credit the RPS with helping the state add 12,000 good jobs and attract $8 billion in investment. [ read more … ]

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