The Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) presided over an informational meeting with Rock Island Clean Line, perhaps 200 O’Brien County landowners and other interested people at the Hartley Community Center on August 20, 2013. The meeting provided information to landowners along a proposed long-distance transmission line. After an opening presentation from Jim Sundermeyer with the IUB, Rock Island Director of Development Hans Detweiler presented an overview of the 3,000 megawatt (MW), 600,000 volt direct current wind energy transmission (HVDC) line from O’Brien County to Grundy County, IL, a 500-mile distance. The project’s estimated cost is $2 billion. Clean Line is developing three similar HVDC projects.
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management will auction nearly 113,000 federal acres off the coast of Virginia Wednesday to develop a commercial wind farm that experts say could one day supply enough clean energy to power about 700,000 homes.
Some small towns and counties dream of having wind turbines to provide clean, renewable energy and as a hedge against high electric bills. Few take the initiative to try to make their dream a reality. Burt County Wind LLC may be the exception.
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NERL) has released a study, called ‘Beyond Renewable Portfolio Standards: An Assessment of Regional Supply and Demand Conditions Affecting the Future of Renewable Energy in the West’, which predicts that wind and solar electricity generation installations will become cost-competitive, without the help of federal subsidies, by 2025. Several states in the western US have set up standard requirements needed for developing a renewable portfolio, which will be the primary drivers of any large scale expansions in wind, solar, and geothermal power generation capacity.
Robert Arthur Reed solicited investors nationwide for a wind farm here. But a federal judge ruled here this week that all the telephone huckster was really selling was a bunch of hot air. U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl ordered the 53-year-old Utah man to serve 12 years in prison for defrauding 83 investors nationwide of more than $4.4 million by promoting investment in nonexistent wind farms in Wyoming and South Dakota.
President Obama is expected to name Janet McCabe to head U.S. EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation, the office tasked with the heavy lifting in enacting Obama’s plan to combat climate change, sources outside of the administration said. McCabe is currently the acting head of the air office, having moved into the post after Gina McCarthy was confirmed as EPA administrator. Previously, McCabe had served as the deputy in that office since joining EPA in 2009.
Wind farms don’t crimp their neighbors’ property values, according to a report released yesterday by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The report is welcome news for communities with wind turbines in the offing. Wind was the fastest growing U.S. energy source in 2012, with 13 gigawatts of wind turbines installed for a total installed wind capacity of about 60 GW, the Department of Energy said.
India may install more wind capacity than the U.S. this year for the first time as a tax-benefit window extending to 2015 prompts U.S. developers to delay setting up new projects. India is forecast to put up 2,050 megawatts of wind capacity in 2013, compared with the 2,000 megawatts expected in the U.S., according to the latest figures from Bloomberg New Energy Finance due to be published next week. “The decline in the U.S. is mainly due to the complacency of the project developers,” which can claim federal tax benefits through 2015, said Shantanu Jaiswal, a New Delhi-based BNEF wind analyst.
A group of Nebraska farmers are attempting to put a new face on renewable power in their state. If they succeed in persuading a utility to buy their power, they will be the first local owner-producers in Nebraska to generate electricity with wind turbines on their land, and to sell it to a utility for distribution.
Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz used his first major policy address here yesterday to defend the president’s “all of the above” energy strategy. The nuclear physicist turned Cabinet officer insisted that President Obama’s decision to support unconventional fossil fuel development should be viewed within the context of the administration’s Climate Action Plan, not as a cave-in to powerful energy interests.