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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

July 24, 2015

Today’s Wind Energy News will be on vacation beginning Monday, July 27.  Publication will resume on Monday, August 3.

Murkowski sees restraint smoothing legislative path

Geof Koss and Hannah Northey, E&E reporters  •    •  Posted 2015-07-24 06:59:45

“If you don’t like something in it, if you think something needs to be added, this is going to be your opportunity to weigh in,” she said at a briefing with reporters. “There are some things that I think will be easy for the committee to sign onto them. There may be some other things that are perhaps a little more contentious and controversial. … I think what you can expect is there will be an opportunity for good debate in the Energy Committee, and I welcome exactly that.” [ read more … ]

Battle brewing over amendments to House bill

Daniel Bush, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-07-24 07:00:05

Members of a House energy panel are headed for a partisan showdown over amendments to a sweeping energy package, with Republicans and Democrats staking out opposite ground on a range of divisive issues from crude oil exports to renewable energy. House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) predicted that the committee’s members would have “a lot of good, constructive comments” on the bill when lawmakers return from their summer recess in September. [ read more … ]

Offshore Wind Farm Raises Hopes of U.S. Clean Energy Backers

By DIANE CARDWELL, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2015-07-24 07:00:26

A few miles off the coast of Block Island, part of Rhode Island, a small flotilla has been gathering: crane vessels, tugboats and barges that began this week installing the 1,500-ton foundations of the nation’s first commercial-scale offshore wind farm. It’s a moment that its supporters have long anticipated, billing it as nothing less than the dawn of a new clean energy future for the United States, which lags Europe and China in harnessing ocean gusts for electricity. It is a much more modest beginning than was originally expected. Only five turbines will spin in the waters off Rhode Island; other, more ambitious projects like Cape Wind in Nantucket Sound and its 130 turbines remain stalled. But its backers see it as one that could lend credibility to other efforts. [ read more … ]

My Voice: Solidify future of wind energy in S.D.

By David Ganji, Argus Leader  •    •  Posted 2015-07-24 07:00:49

For good or ill, governments are integrally involved in the promotion, taxation and regulation of wind energy development. Taking a minimal role, which S.D. is now doing, does not cut the mustard if the state wishes to become a real wind energy state. If wind could sell to pricier markets like Chicago or the eastern seaboard, development would make more sense. This is the purpose of the proposed Rock Island Clean Line — essentially a gigantic transmission line across Iowa that would connect electrical providers in S.D. to the Chicago market. If development of the Clean Line is successful, wind in S.D. will be greatly benefited. [ read more … ]

Congress lumbers toward responses to grid’s cyber and physical threats

Peter Behr, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-07-24 07:01:08

Legislation to protect the nation’s power grid from a wide range of threats — from extreme weather and solar storms to a cyberattack and nuclear explosions — is gaining more traction in Congress. A House Energy and Commerce subcommittee yesterday unanimously backed the need for a federal plan to build a strategic reserve of the large transformers that move power across the interstate transmission network. The bill would give the Energy secretary a year from the legislation’s enactment to send Congress the plan for acquiring and stockpiling the spare units. [ read more … ]

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