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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

June 19, 2015

FERC’s Moeller sees ‘unforeseen consequences’ of air regulators planning the grid 

Rod Kuckro, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-06-19 05:19:01

A leading federal electricity regulator yesterday warned market participants of the “unforeseen consequences” of having U.S. EPA and state air regulators essentially take on a job they’ve never done before — plan what the nation’s electric grid will look like in the future. Philip Moeller, who is stepping down from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission when his terms expires at the end of the month, also said he is “very impressed” with new FERC Chairman Norman Bay, commending him for “trying to open up the process and include other commissioners in decisionmaking earlier.” [ read more … ]

Pope Francis Aligns Himself With Mainstream Science on Climate

By JUSTIN GILLIS, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2015-06-19 05:19:36

The new papal encyclical on the environment is a ringing call to action, a critique of consumerism and a prophetic warning about the dangers of ignoring what Pope Francis calls “the ecological crisis.” But amid all his soaring rhetoric, did the pope get the science right? The short answer from climate and environmental scientists is that he did, at least to the degree possible in a religious document meant for a broad audience. If anything, they say, he may have bent over backward to offer a cautious interpretation of the scientific facts. [ read more … ]

Pope Francis warns of climate change’s human causes and ‘grave implications’ in landmark encyclical

Scott Detrow, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-06-19 05:19:58

In a historic document addressed to “every person living on this planet,” Pope Francis warns that climate change and other forms of environmental degradation have reached a crisis point. Francis frames “Laudato Si’,” the first papal encyclical devoted solely to ecological issues, as an “urgent appeal … for a new dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet.” Encyclicals are among the highest forms of Catholic teaching a pontiff can publish.
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FERC rejects retired Navy pilot’s objection to R.I. offshore farm

Hannah Northey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-06-19 05:20:20

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission today rejected a retired Navy pilot’s bid to fight wind development off the coast of Rhode Island. FERC rejected a request from Benjamin Riggs Jr. for the commission to initiate an enforcement action against the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission for approving a purchase power agreement in 2010 between the developer of the 30-megawatt, five-turbine Block Island Wind Farm and the Narragansett Electric Co., a subsidiary of National Grid. [ read more … ]

Upgrade boosts detection of aircraft over utility-scale farms 

Ariel Wittenberg, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-06-19 05:20:38

he Air Force and the Federal Aviation Administration will now be better able to detect aircraft flying over utility-scale wind farms, thanks to a recently announced radar upgrade. The upgrade only applies to air route surveillance radar, a series of search radars across the country used by the Air Force and FAA to monitor and control the nation’s airspace. Developed by the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security and FAA, it will use a new algorithm to recover lost radar coverage over wind farms.
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Record Year for Renewable Power; Heat, Transport Stay Fossil

By Reuters  •    •  Posted 2015-06-19 05:20:58

The growth of renewable energy outpaced that of fossil fuels in the electricity sector last year, with a record 135 gigawatts of capacity added from wind, solar, hydropower and other natural sources, a new study shows. That’s more than the generating capacity of all nuclear reactors in the United States and slightly less than Germany’s installed capacity from all power sources.

The annual report released early Thursday in Europe by Paris-based REN21, a nonprofit group that promotes renewable energy, underscored how China, the world’s top consumer of coal, has become a global leader in clean energy, too. [ read more … ]

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