Backers of offshore wind power push N.J. to follow through on creating policy

Source: Camille von Kaenel, E&E reporter • Posted: Thursday, October 1st, 2015

“We think there are valuable resources [in the lease areas], and we think there is industry interest in it,” she said. “The aligning of state policy and federal lease timetables is not a new challenge. I don’t think we have the perfect answer yet, but we’re showing leadership on federal side to move forward, and I’m hopeful we’ll encourage the state regulators to move forward on their side.”

U.K. Renewables Generated Record Electricity in Second Quarter

Source: By Alex Morales, Bloomberg News • Posted: Thursday, October 1st, 2015

The U.K. got more than a quarter of its electricity from renewables in the second quarter, a record. Wind, hydro and solar plants generated 25.3 percent of the country’s power in the three months through June, up from 22.6 percent in the first quarter of the year and 16.7 percent in the same period last year, the Department of Energy and Climate Change said in a statement on its website.

US Installs Record Wind Capacity In Q2’15, Texas Reigns Supreme

Source: By Joshua S Hill, Clean Technica • Posted: Thursday, October 1st, 2015

The United States installed a record of 845 wind turbines, totalling 1,661 MW, in the second quarter of 2015, according to the American Wind Energy Association. The turbines were spread out across 12 separate projects in five different states, however it was the state of Texas that blew the competition away in the second quarter, installing a total of 1,226 MW. This brings Texas’ total installed capacity up over 15,000 MW, well surpassing California’s 6,000 MW.

Offshore wind energy industry sees federal leasing jumpstarting New Jersey rules

Source: By Mary Powers, Platts • Posted: Thursday, October 1st, 2015

The federal government’s plan to offer 343,833 acres off the coast of New Jersey for commercial wind energy generation on November 9 is raising the hopes of industry participants that the development of rules needed to advance the state’s own program will finally get underway. The New Jersey wind area is located about seven nautical miles from shore on the Outer Continental Shelf and has been divided into two lease areas. The south lease area includes 160,480 acres and the north lease area has 183,353 acres. The plan was announced Wednesday. “It opens up the door for New Jersey to move expeditiously,” Paul Gallagher, general counsel for Fishermen’s Energy, said Thursday in an interview. Fishermen’s Energy is an offshore wind developer founded by the New Jersey’s commercial fishing industry.

Republican opposition can’t last — Gore

Source: Jean Chemnick, E&E reporter • Posted: Thursday, October 1st, 2015

Former Vice President Al Gore said that Republican opposition to climate action would eventually give way in the face of public opinion and a preponderance of scientific evidence. “I don’t think it can last,” he said last night during an appearance on MSNBC’s “All In with Chris Hayes.” Gore added, “I think we are winning this debate.”

Modernizing America’s grid

Source: By Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), The Hill • Posted: Thursday, October 1st, 2015

My father’s days as a utility worker represent the grid that George Westinghouse conceived of in the late 1800s with its one-way distribution system of power delivered directly to consumers. It began at central generation facilities, usually a hydroelectric facility or coal-fired power plant, and traveled from there on high-voltage transmission lines that still tower over America’s landscape. From transmission lines, the power then branched into smaller distribution lines, from which homes and businesses received 100 percent of the power that they used.

New York State Awards $175 Million to Renewable Energy Projects

Source: By Public News Service • Posted: Thursday, October 1st, 2015

The projects include a wind farm, a biogas facility that turns food waste into electricity, and two hydroelectric facilities. The money comes from the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard, a policy that aims to increase renewable energy, and is funded by small charges on electricity bills.

GOP defeats host of Dem proposals to sweeping House package

Source: Hannah Northey, E&E reporter • Posted: Thursday, October 1st, 2015

Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee today defeated a slew of Democratic proposals for revising a comprehensive energy package as bipartisan relations continued to fizzle along with the bill’s chances. Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) repeatedly said he was hopeful the package would make it to President Obama’s desk despite opposition from top Democrats on the committee.

NextEra to Invest $100 Million in Energy Storage Technology

Source: By Chris Martin and Jim Polson, Bloomberg • Posted: Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

NextEra Energy Inc. plans to invest $100 million in energy-storage systems over the next year to back up its fleet of solar and wind energy plants. NextEra is the world’s biggest producer of wind and solar power, and will use the battery systems to manage energy fluctuations caused by cloudy weather and lulls in the wind, Jim Robo, chief executive officer of the Juno Beach, Florida-based company, said Tuesday at an analyst conference.

Gov. Jay Inslee: ‘Fear mongers’ will not stop us from setting carbon cap

Source: By Jay Inslee, Governor of Washington, Seattle Times • Posted: Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

Whether climate change is a serious threat is no longer a credible debate. None of us would delay medical treatment if 97 percent of the world’s doctors told us that urgent action is needed to protect our health. Likewise, none of us should resist facing this challenge when 97 percent of the world’s scientists tell us the health of our state is in peril.