FERC’s Moeller to step down this month

Source: Hannah Northey, E&E reporter • Posted: Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

Philip Moeller, a Republican member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, announced today that he plans to leave the agency at the end of the month. Moeller in a statement posted to the agency’s website said he had thanked Presidents Obama and George W. Bush for nominating him as a commissioner and that he plans to pursue “other opportunities” in the energy field.

Wind energy is now as cheap as natural gas, and solar is getting close

Source: By BEC CREW, Science Alert • Posted: Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

Wind power is now comparable in price to fossil fuels, and solar is well on its way, according to a new report that confirms earlier predictions that renewables aren’t just the best option for the environment – they’re unequivocally the smartest long-term investment you can make on energy. The report, by Bloomberg New Energy Finance, found that in the second half of 2015, the global average cost of onshore wind energy will be $83 per megawatt-hour of electricity (which is down $2 from the first half of the year), and for thin film solar photovoltaics, the cost is $122 per megawatt-hour (down $7 in the past six months).

Spending talks off to a slow start

Source: Manuel Quiñones, E&E reporter • Posted: Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

Reid said congressional Democrats and Republicans, plus the White House, would have to agree on new spending offsets and address policy riders. Committee-passed spending bills include several provisions to undo or roll back Obama administration energy and environment priorities. “We’re not there yet,” Reid said about the progress in negotiations.

Another $1.6B offshore wind energy project planned off Hawaii’s waters

Source: By Duane Shimogawa, Pacific Business News • Posted: Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

Ted Peck, who once led Hawaii’s Energy Office, along with a former First Wind executive, plans to develop a $1.6 billion offshore wind energy farm for waters off Hawaii, the development team confirmed to PBN Tuesday. The 400-megawatt project located 10 miles southeast of Barbers Point in West Oahu mirrors another planned $1.6 billion offshore wind development by Denmark-based Alpha Wind Energy, which would also be located off Oahu waters, 17 miles south of Diamond Head and 12 miles northwest of Kaena Point. Alpha Wind’s 408-megawatt project, which would include more than 100 turbines at two sites,

California’s landmark renewable energy law to be signed on Wednesday

Source: By Paul Rogers and Louis Hansen, San Jose Mercury News • Posted: Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

In a milestone for reducing pollution and fossil fuel use, Gov. Jerry Brown will sign into law Wednesday a bill that requires 50 percent of California’s electricity to come from renewable sources like solar and wind by 2030. With huge new solar farms sprouting in the desert every few months and Silicon Valley driving much of the clean energy investment, the state now receives 25 percent of its electricity from renewables. Brown’s act to double that at a signing ceremony in Los Angeles, however, sets in motion a green energy transformation for California over the next 15 years on a scale larger than anything any state has ever attempted.

More wind power for Mower County MN

Source: By Rochester Post Bulletin • Posted: Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

After seven years of planning and construction, planners of the Pleasant Valley Wind Farm expect it to be completed later this month. The 200-megawatt wind farm project based in Hayfield will consist of 100 wind turbines — 88 in Mower County and 12 in Dodge County — and is expected to provide an estimated $950,000 in annual local tax revenue, split pro-rata between the two counties and townships.

Jobs being created through the winds of change

Source: By Mary Thompson, CNBC • Posted: Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects the number of jobs for wind-techs, as they are known, to increase by 24 percent from 2012 to 2022, well above the average growth rate for all jobs of over 11 percent. Still, it’s starting from a small base. In 2012, there were 3,200 wind tech jobs; by 2022, it is expected to jump to around 4,000.

Bush adviser says repealing climate rule is a ‘straightforward’ possibility

Source: Evan Lehmann, E&E reporter • Posted: Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

C. Boyden Gray helped Jeb Bush’s father make regulations vanish in the early 1980s. Now he says it could be done to President Obama’s climate rules if the younger Bush wins the White House. Reversing the Clean Power Plan could begin in as little as 15 months, if Bush is elected, and the exercise would be “fairly straightforward,” Gray said in an interview this week. Bush said on Tuesday that he would stop the rule in its tracks.

Hundreds of companies urge Congress: Pass clean energy tax extenders now

Source: By American Wind Energy Association • Posted: Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

Just how many business voices and successful companies will it take before Congress decides to act and pass stable policy to help grow renewable energy in the U.S.? Over 580 companies helping to grow clean energies in the U.S. signed onto a letterthis morning urging Congress to pass clean energy tax extenders. These companies represent a broad cross section of renewable energy technology in the U.S.: wind energy, solar, biogas, biomass, geothermal, hydropower, waste-to-energy, fuel cells, renewable fuels, alternative fueled vehicles, combined heat and power, waste heat to power, and energy efficiency technologies.

California Leads a Quiet Revolution

Source: By BETH GARDINER, New York Times • Posted: Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

California is cruising toward its 2020 goal for increasing renewable energy and is setting far more ambitious targets for the future. Its large-scale solar arrays produced more energy in 2014 than those in all other states combined. Half the nation’s solar home rooftops are in the state, and thousands more are added each week. With its progressive politics, high-tech bent and abundant sunshine, California is fast ramping up its production of clean electricity, setting an example its leaders hope the rest of the country, and other nations, will follow as they seek to cut emissions of climate-warming carbon dioxide.