Vestas holding job fair for wind energy projects

Source: Associated Press • Posted: Thursday, July 11th, 2013

Wind turbine manufacturer Vestas Wind Systems is holding a job fair for new projects that could provide more than 100 new jobs.

Utilities mull responses to Obama on rules for existing power plants

Source: Jean Chemnick, E&E reporter • Posted: Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

President Obama’s call to action on climate change has electric utilities scrambling to craft a response to a key part of the president’s plan, a rule for curbing greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants.

In a June 25 speech at Georgetown University, Obama asked U.S. EPA to include utilities and other stakeholders in rulemaking for power plants, which is widely expected to begin formally after Labor Day. The plan calls for EPA to complete a proposal by June 2014 and finalize a rule by 2015.

EPA, the president said, should craft the rules in an “open and transparent way, to provide flexibility to different states with different needs, and build on the leadership that many states, and cities, and companies have already shown.” The agency is being asked to consult with stakeholders ahead of the proposal’s completion.

Zichal briefs Senate Democrats on White House plan

Source: Jean Chemnick, E&E reporter • Posted: Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

The White House’s top adviser on climate change met today with Senate Democrats on Capitol Hill to answer their questions on President Obama’s recently unveiled plan. Heather Zichal spoke with 12 or more members of an informal climate caucus headed by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), chairwoman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.

KS wind turbine manufacturer says it’s time to end subsidies

Source: By Travis Perry, Kansas • Posted: Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

A major beneficiary of green energy tax breaks says the wind power industry needs to move toward a subsidy-free future if it has any hope of survival. Monika Wood, spokesperson for Siemens Wind Energy, told Kansas Watchdog that Congress’ on-again-off-again relationship with the Renewable Energy Production Tax Credit has created instability in the wind industry and played a significant role in workforce fluctuations at a number of the company’s manufacturing facilities.

Governor Inslee tours Whitman Co. wind farm

Source: by OTHELLO RICHARDS & • Posted: Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

Washington State Governor Jay Inslee celebrated the six-month anniversary Monday of the First Wind project on the Palouse. Wind turbines began operating outside of Rosalia in December 2012. The ceremony marked the geneoration go 150,000 megawatts by the turbines at the Palouse Wind Project.

Google’s search for wind, solar pays off

E&E • Posted: Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

After dominating the online arena, Google is starting to make a name for itself in the energy world. With investments and large contracts in renewable energy projects topping $1 billion, Google is a central player in energy without being an actual energy company or financial institution.

White House outlines path for power plant rules, other environmental actions

Source: Jean Chemnick and Jason Plautz, E&E reporters • Posted: Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

U.S. EPA plans to make good on the president’s pledge to expedite regulations for new and existing power plant greenhouse gas emissions, according to a regulatory rundown released by the White House late last week. The “Spring 2013 Unified Agenda” posted on the White House’s website shows that the agency plans to release a new proposal for greenhouse gas emissions for future power plants by September and a first-time proposal for existing power plants by next June. That timeline tracks with the memorandum signed by President Obama on July 25, which formed the centerpiece of his Climate Action Plan. The agenda also lays the path for a number of expected clean air and chemical regulations, including limits on ozone pollution, limits on sulfur in gasoline and regulation of oil and gas drilling in the Arctic.

Regulator rejects complaints against power lines for Midwestern wind

Source: Hannah Northey, E&E reporter • Posted: Monday, July 8th, 2013

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission this week threw out complaints against one of the nation’s largest electric transmission projects in the Midwest aimed at tapping into Minnesota’s wind belt. FERC said objections that landowners and clean energy groups in Minnesota and Wisconsin raised in opposition to a 345-kilovolt transmission line that Xcel Energy Inc. is proposing as part of its CapX 2020 project were not fully supported and came in late.

Britain opens world’s largest offshore wind farm

Source: Reporting by Karolin Schaps, Reuters • Posted: Monday, July 8th, 2013

The world’s largest offshore wind farm, which can generate enough electricity for half a million homes, was officially opened off Britain’s south-east coast on Thursday. Prime Minister David Cameron opened the 630-megawatt London Array project, which was developed by E.ON, DONG Energy and Abu Dhabi’s Masdar and produced its first electricity from all its turbines in April.

Community College thrives on wind energy

Source: By Katie Sampson, Kansas First News • Posted: Monday, July 8th, 2013

“Our turbines run our heating and ventilation and air conditioning system and we’re EPA recognized for that and probably pretty unique, probably in the country,” Maxson says, “I don’t know of any college in the country that has wind turbines running their heating and ventilation system.” The rest of the state has followed suit – the American Wind Energy Association says Kansas had the most wind projects under construction last year and the state jumped from 14th to 9th place in the total amount of electricity it generates from wind.