Wind installations drop in Europe as nations slash subsidies

Source: Special to E&E • Posted: Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

Wind power installations fell 8 percent last year in the European Union as new activity dropped considerably in Spain, Italy and France, the European Wind Energy Association said yesterday. But the technology increased its presence as a percentage of total installations, as a majority of new power capacity coming online was renewable

Rocky Mountain Power applies for rules change amid dispute

Source: By BENJAMIN STORROW Star-Tribune staff writer, Casper Star Tribune • Posted: Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

Under the different contract, the company would offer producers like Wasatch two prices, a higher price where new transmission lines are built and a lower one where new lines are not constructed. The proposal comes down to two factors: federal law and transmission capacity.

ConEd floats big boosts in incentives for energy storage

Source: Colin Sullivan, E&E reporter • Posted: Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

ConEd said it will increase the incentive for office buildings in the city to build in new energy storage options. A thermal storage device, for instance, would receive a $2,600-per-kilowatt credit for on-peak summer demand reduction, up from $600/kW under the current structure. Battery storage would be eligible for a $2,100/kW incentive, also up from $600/kW. The incentives will be capped at 50 percent of a project’s cost.

E.P.A. Staff Struggling to Create Pollution Rule

Source: By CORAL DAVENPORT, New York Times • Posted: Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

n marathon meetings and tense all-day drafting sessions, dozens of lawyers, economists and engineers at the Environmental Protection Agency are struggling to create what is certain to be a divisive but potentially historic centerpiece of President Obama’s climate change legacy. If the authors succeed in writing a lawsuit-proof regulation that is effective in cutting carbon emissions from America’s 1,500 power plants — the largest source of the nation’s greenhouse gas pollution — the result could be the most significant action taken by the United States to curb climate change.

Powering California with 50% Renewable Energy by 2030: New Analysis Shows It Can Be Done

Source: Laura Wisland, senior analyst, Clean Energy, Union of Concerned Scientists • Posted: Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

ast week, a new analysis was released that explored the technical, environmental, and economic implications of raising California’s Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) from 33 percent by 2020 to 50 percent by 2030. I’m excited to report that although the study illuminates the challenges of installing unprecedented amounts of renewables on the grid, it is technically possible. Moreover, California has tools in hand today to scale up renewables, and is developing programs and policies that will continue to lower the cost and technical challenges of doing so.

High hopes, hoopla as DOE digs in on quadrennial review

Source: Hannah Northey, E&E reporter • Posted: Monday, February 3rd, 2014

President Obama has made a sweeping, high-level assessment of the nation’s energy infrastructure a cornerstone of his climate plan. The launch earlier this month of his Quadrennial Energy Review (QER) was greeted enthusiastically by energy industry executives, regulators, lobbyists and policy wonks who see it as the Department of Energy’s version of the Quadrennial Defense Review, a legislatively mandated analysis of Department of Defense strategies and priorities. Can the DOE review live up to the hype?

New poll shows strong support for governor but less for federal leaders

Source: Anne C. Mulkern, E&E reporter • Posted: Monday, February 3rd, 2014

Californians approve of their governor and U.S. senators, but support for President Obama has slid and residents are deeply unhappy with Congress, a new poll shows. Golden State residents gave Gov. Jerry Brown (D) a record-high job approval rating in the survey from the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC). A total 58 percent of adults and 60 percent of likely voters favored the way the governor has handled his job.

N.C. joins push-back against EPA power plant rules

Source: Jean Chemnick, E&E reporter • Posted: Monday, February 3rd, 2014

North Carolina Environment and Natural Resources Secretary John Skvarla told U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy in a letter obtained by Greenwire that her agency’s authority to regulate existing power plant emissions under Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act is limited, if it exists at all.

Survey: Kansans overwhelmingly back renewable energy

Source: Bobby Burch, Reporter, Kansas City Business Journal • Posted: Monday, February 3rd, 2014

Regardless of their political persuasion, Kansans vigorously support the use of renewable energy, a recent survey found. The survey’s findings come as the Kansas Legislature is mulling a bill that would repeal Kansas’ Renewable Portfolio Standard.

Power line opponents surge against wind energy transmission project

Source: BY DONALD BRADLEY AND STEVE EVERLY, The Kansas City Star • Posted: Monday, February 3rd, 2014

“We think it’s a good thing to get low-cost wind power out of western Kansas,” said John Hickey, president of the Sierra Club’s Missouri chapter. Opponents say they are not against wind power. They just think Eastern states should produce their own. They point to a letter released in 2010 in which governors of 10 Eastern states said they opposed a national transmission corridor to bring wind energy from the Great Plains because they had plans to produce their own renewable energy.