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August 12, 2015

Texas Power Demand Breaks Record Again in Heat Wave

By Scott DiSavino, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2015-08-12 06:41:47

The Texas power grid operator said electric demand hit another record high on Monday as consumers cranked up their air conditioners to escape a brutal heat wave. Demand reached a record 69,783 megawatts on Monday, topping the previous records of 68,912 MW set on Aug. 6 and 68,459 MW on Aug. 5, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) said in a statement. ERCOT is the grid operator for most of the state. Before the latest heat wave, the grid’s previous peak demand was 68,305 MW set on Aug. 3, 2011. One MW is enough to power about 200 homes during periods of peak demand. [ read more … ]

Rule may never need to be revised — McCarthy

Jean Chemnick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-08-12 06:42:28

Clean Power Plan will be so effective at incentivizing a shift to lower-carbon sources of power that the agency may never find it necessary to tighten its emissions limits, Administrator Gina McCarthy said today. Speaking at an event hosted by Resources for the Future, McCarthy said the existing power plant rule released Aug. 3 set a long-term market signal that would continue to encourage reductions even after its final compliance deadline.
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$900 million wind energy project awaits final approval from Iowa board

By The Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2015-08-12 06:42:56

A new wind energy project in Iowa is still awaiting final approval from the Iowa Utilities Board. The board met Tuesday to review a proposed settlement agreement for the project from Des Moines-based MidAmerican Energy. No decision was made. MidAmerican filed plans earlier this year to build wind farms on two new sites, with a total cost of about $900 million. If approved, the company would start construction in the spring of 2016 and conclude by the end of the year. [ read more … ]

Europe’s offshore wind industry has a ‘dream year,’ begins to expand rapidly

Eric Marx, E&E Europe correspondent  •    •  Posted 2015-08-12 06:43:31

For an offshore wind industry accustomed to decadeslong development, 2015 is turning into a banner year. In the first six months, European offshore wind installations touched 2.34 gigawatts — establishing the best year ever for installed capacity. Output tripled over the same six-month period a year ago, and total installed offshore wind capacity in Europe hit 10.4 GW generated from 82 wind farms in 11 countries (rivaling the power production of 10 large nuclear power plants). “The bottom line is it’s been a dream year for Germany,” said Oliver Joy, political affairs spokesman for the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) in Brussels.
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