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August 24, 2015

Wind Energy Could Blow U.S. Coal Industry Away

By Henry Hewitt, Oilprice.com  •    •  Posted 2015-08-24 06:21:04

The point of this article is to assert that wind not only can but will replace nuclear as a source of carbon free, risk free energy, with no fuel cost and no externalities. The time has come to acknowledge that spinning wind turbines are the “air apparent.” Given a billion dollars to invest in power plants, which would you rather own, operate and collect income from? Which facility would you rather have in your back yard or your view? [ read more … ]

MidAmerican gets OK to build $900 million wind project

Donnelle Eller, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted 2015-08-24 06:21:27

MidAmerican Energy can move ahead with its $900 million plan to build up to 552 megawatts of wind energy generation, under an order the Iowa Utilities Board issued Friday. The board order offers a settlement on how MidAmerican, an investor-owned utility, would be reimbursed from consumers for its investment in the wind energy project, called Wind X. [ read more … ]

California pushes forward on renewable power

By Kate Galbraith , Los Angeles Daily News  •    •  Posted 2015-08-24 06:21:49

The state’s electric power sources are poised to get cleaner still. In 15 years, electric utilities that power California’s lights and cellphones would need to get fully half their electricity from renewable sources, if Senate Bill 350, which is working its way through the Legislature, passes. The goal, often called a renewable portfolio standard, can almost certainly be met, though it will require utilities to make behind-the-scenes adjustments as they juggle different types of energy. “Increasing the renewable portfolio standard to 50 percent is completely doable by 2030,” said Severin Borenstein, an energy economist at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. “Exactly how we do it and how much cost we’re willing to bear is an open question, but I don’t think it would be a huge cost.” [ read more … ]

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