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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

September 4, 2015

Today’s Wind Energy News will not be published on Labor Day. It will resume on Tuesday, September 8.

Warming Oceans Putting Marine Life ‘In a Blender’

By Carl Zimmer, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2015-09-04 06:43:50

Global warming is going to reshuffle ocean ecosystems on a scale not seen for millions of years. Marine biologists can’t yet say what these new habitats are going to be like. “If you put a bunch of species in a blender, you’re not entirely sure what’s going to come out,” said Malin L. Pinsky, a marine biologist at Rutgers University. The most ambitious effort yet to map the future of ocean life was published Monday by the journal Nature Climate Change. An international team of scientists analyzed the current ranges of nearly 13,000 species of fish, invertebrates and other marine organisms.
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Finland to get less wind power as govt overhauls subsidies

By Nerijus Adomaitis, Ruters  •    •  Posted 2015-09-04 06:44:30

Finland’s government proposed setting a November 2017 deadline for granting subsidies to wind power plants as applications exceeded a previously set capacity limit. The decision, if approved by the parliament, would mean the end of the existing feed-in tariff system in Finland, and follows a decision by Britain to scrap all new subsidies for onshore wind from next April. “The present system can no longer be considered a sufficiently cost-effective and market-oriented incentive system,” Finland’s Ministry of Employment and Economy said in a statement. [ read more … ]

Christie announces N.J. will seek stay on EPA rule

Elizabeth Harball, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-09-04 06:44:54

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) formally came out against the Obama administration’s new rule to regulate carbon emissions from power plants yesterday, announcing that his state will seek an administrative stay on U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan. The governor, who is also pursuing the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, called EPA’s rule “yet another example of the Obama administration inappropriately reaching far beyond its legal authority to implement more onerous and more burdensome regulations on businesses and state governments alike.”
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Hawaii leads list of top 10 states — report

Daniel Bush, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-09-04 06:45:13

Hawaii ranked first among U.S. states in solar power per capita last year and has helped drive a recent boom in solar development across the nation, a new report shows. The Aloha State, Arizona and Nevada topped a list of the 10 states with the most installed solar capacity per resident in 2014, according to a study released today by the green group Environment America. California, New Jersey, New Mexico, Vermont, Massachusetts, North Carolina and Colorado rounded out the list of solar states, which combined to produce 86 percent of the nation’s solar capacity last year. Overall, solar power tripled between 2012 and 2014, the report found. [ read more … ]

Wind industry makes ‘big move’ to reduce bat collisions

Phil Taylor, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-09-04 06:45:38

The wind energy industry announced a plan today aimed at reducing by a third the number of bats killed by turbines. The plan, developed by the American Wind Energy Association and backed strongly by bat advocates, would reduce the speed of turbines during bats’ fall migration, preventing up to 100,000 bat deaths annually with only minor losses in electricity generation. The new operating protocol has been adopted by 17 of AWEA’s member companies that last year owned about 60 percent of the nation’s installed wind capacity. [ read more … ]

20 kilometer high space elevator tower planned

BY JIM DRURY, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2015-09-04 06:45:54

Ambitious plans to build a twenty kilometer (12.4 miles) tall space elevator tower have been announced by a Canadian space technology firm. Although this distance is a mere fraction of that reached in space missions, Thoth Technology says its ThothX Tower will make a major cost reduction in space flights by helping navigate the difficult first 50 kilometers (31 miles) of travel that traditionally requires rockets. The latter are inefficient, particularly regarding fuel consumption. In addition to needing to carry sufficient fuel to get a payload into orbit, they need extra fuel in order to carry the required fuel to reach that point in the first place. [ read more … ]

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