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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

December 22, 2015

Today’s Wind Energy News will not publish during the holidays. It will return Monday, January 4. ¬†Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Renewable Energy Efforts Stymied by Transmission Roadblocks

By David A. Lieb. The Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2015-12-22 06:48:53

Due partly to the intense opposition from local property owners, Missouri regulators have blocked the 780-mile-long Grain Belt Express power line from being built. In doing so, they have highlighted one of the toughest challenges facing the nation as it tries to shift toward a greater reliance on renewable energy. Converting the wind and sun into electricity is increasingly affordable, but it can be difficult to get that electricity from distant plains and deserts to the places where it’s needed. The reasons range from technical to regulatory. “Transmission is the biggest long-term barrier for wind energy development,” said Rob Gramlich, senior vice president of government and public affairs for the American Wind Energy Association. “That’s because the best wind resources are often in remote areas on farms and ranches that are far from population centers.” [ read more … ]

Editorial: Wind transmission proposal stands to benefit Oklahoma, workers

By The Oklahoman Editorial Board  •    •  Posted 2015-12-22 06:50:06

This is a project that checks all the right boxes: It’s privately financed, it involves clean energy, it will add capacity to the nation’s energy grid, it will create jobs in Oklahoma, it will foster new wind energy investments, and communities will benefit from new tax revenue. Here’s hoping the federal government soon gives the final thumbs up needed to get this project off the ground and underway. [ read more … ]

Experts predict renewable investment boom as Congress renews tax credits

Daniel Cusick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-12-22 06:49:47

Experts said the renewable energy provisions will result in billions of additional dollars in tax breaks for wind and solar power developers, something many Republicans were remiss to hand out. At the same time, the extenders should stimulate hundreds of billions of dollars in new renewable energy investment and help drive the nation’s transition away from traditional fossil fuels in favor of cleaner forms of energy, observers said. [ read more … ]

Wind Power Continues Steady Growth Across The U.S.

By Jeff Brady, NPR  •    •  Posted 2015-12-22 06:50:30

The U.S. wind power industry is celebrating after reaching a new milestone in November: 70 gigawatts (GW) of generating capacity. “That’s enough to power about 19 million homes,” says Michael Goggin, senior director of research at the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). There are more than 50,000 wind turbines operating across 40 states and Puerto Rico, according to the AWEA. [ read more … ]

EPA critics throw down gauntlet in legal fight

Robin Bravender, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-12-22 06:50:59

The many foes of U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan are preparing to attack the Obama administration on a host of legal fronts as the court battle over the embattled rule gets underway. States, industries and other groups challenging the rule to clamp down on power plants’ greenhouse gas emissions laid out their legal strategies in documents sent to a federal appeals court last week. [ read more … ]

Small step a giant leap for offshore wind…

By Alex Kuffner, Providence Journal Staff Writer  •    •  Posted 2015-12-22 06:51:22

Last April, inside a hangar-size building tucked in a corner of the Quonset Business Park, workers with Specialty Diving Services were making parts of the massive steel foundations for the five wind turbines that Providence-based Deepwater Wind plans to install in ocean waters off Block Island. The work marked the start of construction in Rhode Island on a project that had been years in the making and will take another year to complete. [ read more … ]

Obama vetoes measures to kill carbon rule, inks spending deal

Amanda Reilly, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-12-22 06:51:42

As expected, President Obama has vetoed two resolutions aimed at killing U.S. EPA’s carbon rules for power plants. Congress passed the resolutions quashing the central piece of Obama’s climate change agenda in the hope of embarrassing the administration during the recent international negotiations in Paris. S.J. Res. 23 targeted EPA’s rule to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from new and modified power plants, while S.J. Res. 24would eliminate the Clean Power Plan. [ read more … ]

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