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July 2, 2015

How a Conservative Billionaire Is Moving Heaven and Earth to Become the Biggest Alternative Energy Giant in the Country

By GABRIEL KAHN, Pacific Standard  •    •  Posted 2015-07-02 06:49:47

At first, the renewable energy industry had a tough time grasping the scope of the plan. Roxane Perruso, the project’s general counsel, told me she went to an American Wind Energy Association convention where someone asked her how big the farm would be. Being modest, she responded that it was over 2,000 megawatts. “He put his hand on my shoulder, sighed, and said, ‘Oh, sweetheart, I think you’re confused— you must mean 200 megawatts.’” The property was like the Saudi Arabia of wind. [ read more … ]

Battle over EPA ‘co-benefits’ rages after mercury ruling 

Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-07-02 06:50:17

The Supreme Court’s ruling this week that U.S. EPA should have considered the cost of its Mercury and Air Toxics Standards has reignited a debate about the agency’s practice of counting health “co-benefits” in justifying the economic impacts of its Clean Air Act rules. Industry maintains that practice double-counts health benefits for ancillary reductions of pollutants that aren’t the regulation’s focus. These co-benefits loom large in the proposed Clean Power Plan, which EPA predicts will lead to big reductions in soot and smog, curbing emissions of sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides and particulates along with reducing heat-trapping carbon dioxide. [ read more … ]

Vermont And Hawaii Set High Renewable Portfolio Standard Targets

By U.S. Energy Information Administration   •    •  Posted 2015-07-02 06:50:37

Two states recently passed legislation that would require significant increases in renewable electricity generation. On June 8, Hawaii updated legislation setting a 100% renewable portfolio standard (RPS) by 2045. On June 11, Vermont passed a bill creating a 75% RPS by 2032. Both of these RPS target percentages are higher than any other RPS target in the United States. [ read more … ]

One of Texas’ biggest winds farms is getting an upgrade

By Jordan Blum, Houston Chroncile  •    •  Posted 2015-07-02 06:51:07

The massive Notrees wind farm just west of Odessa will get a major battery system upgrade in order to help the state electric grid respond to when Texas are using the most energy. North Carolina-based Duke Energy said it will replace the wind farm’s lead acid battery storage system with lithium-ion technology in 2016 for better performance. Duke owns the Notrees Windpower Project that includes 95 wind turbines and generates 153 megawatts of electricity — enough to power 46,000 homes.
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Dominion unveils new routes for huge power line through Prince William

By Tom Jackman, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2015-07-02 06:51:34

Mayor David Leake said Haymarket did not need the amount of electricity that the power line would bring to the town of 1,900. He said in a public meeting with Dominion that the utility acknowledged the six-mile, 230,000-volt line was “really for one customer, for one need.” That customer is Amazon, Candland said he confirmed after meeting with attorneys for Midwood, which owns property along John Marshall Highway across the street from a new Wal-Mart near Route 15. Amazon already operates one data center on Marshall Highway, and Candland said Prince William economic development officials had asked Midwood to include a data center and a Dominion substation in their proposal to develop property there. [ read more … ]

Weak Power Grids in Africa Stunt Economies and Fire Up Tempers

By NORIMITSU ONISHI, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2015-07-02 04:30:42

In the darkened and chilly parking lot of a mall, a suburban family huddling around a shopping cart shared a snack on a Friday evening out. After finding their favorite restaurant closed because of a blackout, Buhle Ngwenya, with her two sons and two nephews, settled for meat pies from one of the few stores open in the mall. “It’s like death, this load shedding,” Ms. Ngwenya, 45, said, referring to the blackouts imposed by South Africa’s state utility to prevent a collapse of the national electricity grid. With winter here in South Africa, the worst blackouts in years are plunging residents into darkness in poor townships and wealthy suburbs alike. The cutoffs have dampened South Africa’s economy, Africa’s second biggest, and are expected to continue for another two to three years. [ read more … ]

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