Spanish firm to build wind energy components plant in Texas

Source: By Paul O'Donnell, Dallas Business Journal • Posted: Thursday, June 18th, 2015

Spanish company plans to build a new manufacturing plant in Amarillo to make towers and components for the wind energy industry. Gov. Greg Abbott announced Tuesday that GRI Renewable Industries, a division of Madrid’s Gonvarri Steel Industries, will invest $41 million in the plant and create more than 300 new jobs. In return, the state is offering $1.85 million in economic incentives from its Texas Enterprise Fund. “GRI’s decision to locate (its) latest manufacturing plant in the Lone Star State continues Texas’ streak of attracting job creators,” Abbott said in a statement. “I am proud of our effort to close this deal.”

High-Tech Solar Projects Fail to Deliver

Source: By Cassandra Sweet, Wall Street Journal • Posted: Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

Some costly high-tech solar power projects aren’t living up to promises their backers made about how much electricity they could generate.Solar-thermal technology, which uses mirrors to capture the sun’s rays, was once heralded as the advance that would overtake old fashioned solar panel farms. But a series of missteps and technical difficulties threatens to make newfangled solar-thermal technology obsolete. The $2.2 billion Ivanpah solar power project in California’s Mojave Desert is supposed to be generating more than a million megawatt-hours of electricity each year. But 15 months after starting up, the plant is producing just 40% of that, according to data from the U.S. Energy Department.

Policy paper sees little need for new major power lines in New York 

Source: Colin Sullivan, E&E reporter • Posted: Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

The last thing New York needs is a new multibillion-dollar power line that crisscrosses the state, according to a policy paper by the Washington, D.C.-based National Institute for Science, Law & Public Policy. The paper, authored by research fellow Timothy Schoechle, argues that the momentum that led to proposals like the Champlain Hudson Power Express, which would connect hydropower in Quebec to New York City, is outdated and no longer supported by evidence of need for such a project.

Calif. tops many nations in capacity

Source: Anne C. Mulkern, E&E reporter • Posted: Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

California has become the first state in the nation to top 10,000 megawatts of solar capacity, a quantity able to power nearly 2.6 million homes, the latest “U.S. Solar Market Insight Report” said today. The Golden State’s total solar power tops that of most nations, including the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Australia and Belgium, according to the analysis from GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).

Oklahoma wind industry looks to finish projects before tax incentives end

Source: By Michael Overall, Tulsa World • Posted: Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

Facing the loss of some tax incentives at the end of 2016, Oklahoma’s wind industry might accelerate the already rapid pace of wind development over the next 18 months as projects try to beat the deadline. The question is what happens after Jan. 1, 2017, when some of the incentives disappear. Responding to complaints that wind subsidies were creating a burden on the state budget, the Legislature voted earlier this year to let two types of tax credits expire. Senate Bill 498 will do away with a five-year property tax exemption for wind developments, while SB 502 will prevent wind developments from using a “new jobs” tax credit.

Former Senator Jim Webb Tours Iowa Wind Farm

Source: BY ROGER RILEY, WHO-TV, Des Moines, Iowa • Posted: Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

Former United States Senator Jim Webb, D-Virgina visited the Rippey Wind Farm located near Grand Junction Iowa. Webb, wanted to learn more about green energy. Employees of RPM Access told the former senator of how Iowa is a great place to generate electricity. Issues come over transmission lines, or substations which may not be up to standard.
The representatives also shared policy from Washington DC causes uncertainty for investors planning projects.

Pope Draft Encyclical Calls for Swift Action on Climate Change

Source: By Reuters • Posted: Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

The encyclical urges rich nations to re-examine their “throw-away” lifestyle, an appeal Francis has made often since his election in 2013. “Enormous consumption in some rich countries have repercussions in some of the poorest places on Earth,” he says, according to the leaked draft. The pope calls for a reduction in carbon emissions, an increase in policies that favour renewable energy and warns of the long-term effects of continuing to use fossil fuels as the main source of global energy.

Senators fear budget standoff may sink spending bills 

Source: Geof Koss, E&E reporter • Posted: Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

It’s only June, but appropriators are already talking about a CR.

The possibility of a continuing resolution is generally seen as a last-ditch scenario for appropriators, who pride themselves on working across the aisle to write the annual spending bills. But the increasingly knotty standoff between the two parties over the spending levels mandated by the GOP budget has some senators seeing another stopgap measure in the cards for September.

Whirlpool windmill produces power without blades

Source: BY JOSE ELÍAS RODRÍGUEZ, Reuters • Posted: Monday, June 15th, 2015

A 1940 clip of the Tacoma Narrows suspension bridge in the United States stretching like chewing gum in a gale captured the imagination of a Spanish engineering student who became obsessed with how he could turn that chaos into power. Twelve years later, David Yanez is part of a team inspired by the motion that collapsed the bridge to create a bladeless wind turbine – an inverted-cone-shaped structure half the cost of a conventional machine.

Clinton outlines commitment to renewable energy at first major campaign rally 

Source: Jennifer Yachnin, E&E reporter • Posted: Monday, June 15th, 2015

“We will restore America to the cutting edge of innovation, science and research by increasing both public and private investments,” Clinton said. “And we will make America the clean energy superpower of the 21st century [by] developing renewable power — wind, solar, advanced biofuels; building cleaner power plants, smarter electric grids, greener buildings; using additional fees and royalties from fossil fuel extraction to protect the environment.”