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GE Says Japan Has More Potential to Harness Wind Power

Source: By Chisaki Watanabe, Bloomberg • Posted: Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

General Electric Co. (GE) considers Japan ripe for new investment in wind power as the resource-poor country diversifies energy supply in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster almost three years ago. To that end, GE has developed a 2.85-megawatt turbine for Japan that can withstand conditions unique to the Asian country. It can survive typhoon-strength winds, turbulent conditions and lighting strikes common in the nation.

‘Broad Support’ for Increasing Renewable Energy in Wisconsin

Source: Tim Morrissey, Public News Service - WI • Posted: Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

“No matter what part of the state you look at, or whether it’s men or women or even whether it’s Democrats or Republicans or independents,” he said, “the public does overwhelmingly support investment in clean energy, developing more clean energy and becoming less reliant on fossil fuels.” Reopelle admitted it will be a tough fight to get the proposal through the current state Legislature, but pointed out that Wisconsin still sends more than $12 billion out of state every year to import fossil fuels. He said arguments that mandating more renewable-energy resources will drive electricity prices up don’t hold water.

Gov. Brown announces re-election bid, citing his climate agenda

Source: Debra Kahn, E&E reporter • Posted: Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) announced yesterday he would run for re-election, citing his work on climate change, renewable energy and high-speed rail. Environmental groups responded with concerns about his lack of action on fracking. The 75-year-old governor — whose candidacy had been widely anticipated for months — made his announcement via Twitter, with a link to a statement highlighting climate change and the state’s crippling drought as key issues.

Republicans no-shows at Senate meeting with foreign legislators on climate change

Source: Lisa Friedman, E&E reporter • Posted: Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

U.N. climate chief Christiana Figueres called yesterday for urgent action and an end to partisanship on global warming, warning that the planet is on “borrowed time.” Speaking in the U.S. Senate, where climate change has been the focus of bitter ideological battles, Figueres’ lament over how polarizing the issue has become was echoed by the World Bank as well as U.S. Special Envoy for Climate Change Todd Stern.

Governor’s Wind Coalition: Governors to work with the Federal Regulatory Energy Commission

Source: American Wind Enrgy Association • Posted: Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

In a meeting on Friday, February 21, South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard, Washington Governor Jay Inslee, and Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber — the chairman, vice chairman and past chairman of the Governors’ Wind Energy Coalition — and Federal Energy Regulatory Commissioners, discussed a wide range of topics, including transmission development, grid modernization, regional cooperation, coordinated regional operations, and ways in which the Commissioners and the governors can work together to promote the more rapid deployment of wind energy in the United States.

Governors push transmission development at meeting with US FERC

Source: Tom Tiernan, tom.tiernan@platts.com, Platts • Posted: Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

Several governors have created a plan to boost power transmission development and improve state and regional cooperation following a meeting with the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Governors’ Wind Energy Coalition said Friday. “The value of wind energy resources to our states’ economies cannot be unlocked unless they have access to a market,” said South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard, chairman of the coalition. “Long-distance transmission is the critical link between these resources and the customers who want clean and less expensive energy.”

Governors, FERC To Collaborate On Preparing U.S. Grid For More Wind Power

Source: by NAW Staff, North American Wind Power • Posted: Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

“The value of wind energy resources to our states’ economies cannot be unlocked unless they have access to a market,” said South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard, chairman of the coalition. “Long-distance transmission is the critical link between these resources and the customers who want clean and less-expensive energy.” “Expanding and modernizing the nation’s domestic electrical transmission system, both on shore and off shore, is an essential component in revitalizing the nation’s economy and creating jobs,” said Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, former chairman of the coalition.

Governors to Work with the Federal Regulatory Energy Commission

Source: Governors' Wind Energy Coalition • Posted: Friday, February 28th, 2014

In a meeting on Friday, February 21, South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard, Washington Governor Jay Inslee, and Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber — the chairman, vice chairman and past chairman of the Governors’ Wind Energy Coalition — and Federal Energy Regulatory Commissioners, discussed a wide range of topics, including transmission development, grid modernization, regional cooperation, coordinated regional operations, and ways in which the Commissioners and the governors can work together to promote the more rapid deployment of wind energy in the United States.

ELPC’s Learner discusses challenges to expanding transmission for renewable energy sources

Source: Monica Trauzzi, E&E • Posted: Friday, February 28th, 2014

This week, the Supreme Court declined to review the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s approval of a cost allocation system for new transmission lines for renewable sources in the Midwest. How will this move by the court influence the debate over cost allocation in Midwestern states? During today’s OnPoint, Howard Learner, executive director of the Environmental Law and Policy Center, discusses challenges to modernizing the nation’s transmission system and talks about Midwestern states’ varied approaches to addressing distributed generation and net metering.

Oregon Senate panel clears bill to revamp state’s clean energy mandate

Source: Special to E&E • Posted: Friday, February 28th, 2014

A bill revamping Oregon’s renewable energy mandates — and protecting them from a potentially devastating ballot measure — passed unanimously through the state Senate’s Business and Transportation Committee on Tuesday despite criticism from independent utilities and other opponents. Oregon’s renewable energy mandates require large utilities to draw 25 percent of their power from renewable sources by 2025 with a lower percentage required for smaller utilities. But the mandates came under fire recently from smaller utilities worried they would get forced out, lacking the funds to build the renewable power sources necessary to satisfy the mandate.