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led to proposals like the Champlain Hudson Power Express, which would connect hydropower in Quebec to New York City, is outdated and no longer supported by evidence of need for such a project.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.”

Wyo. utility starts ‘orderly transition away from coal’ 

Source: Krysti Shallenberger, E&E reporter • Posted: Monday, June 15th, 2015

Rocky Mountain Power’s new vision for its resource power mix includes a lot less coal. The utility’s new 500-page integrated resource plan maps out RMP’s vision of how to serve its 1.8 million customers in six states — the majority of whom live in coal-heavy Utah and Wyoming alongside fellow Western state Idaho. Regulatory uncertainty along with market trends favoring natural gas and renewables spurred the utility, a subsidiary of the Berkshire Hathaway-owned PacifiCorp, to pare down its coal usage. It’s unlikely Rocky Mountain Power will replace any of the coal-fired power set to retire by the 2020s with more coal plants, according to the plan.

Tesla says it will double capacity of home battery 

Source: Anne C. Mulkern, E&E reporter • Posted: Friday, June 12th, 2015

The home energy storage product that Tesla Motors Inc. unveiled one month ago is getting an upgrade and now will have twice its original capacity, company CEO and co-founder Elon Musk said yesterday. The electric carmaker heard some criticisms about its Powerwall energy storage offering after its May 1 unveiling, “took some of that negative feedback to heart” and made improvements, Musk said.