U.K. Approves World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm, Farthest Ever From The Coast

Source: BY ARI PHILLIPS, Climate Progress • Posted: Monday, February 23rd, 2015

The United Kingdom has approved what will become the world’s biggest offshore wind farm, and one of the U.K.’s biggest power stations of any sort. When completed, the Dogger Bank Creyke Beck project will have a total generating capacity of 2.4 gigawatts, enough to power about 2.5 percent of the country’s electricity needs. Made of up two separate 1.2-gigawatt farms of up to 200 turbines each, the project will be located about 80 miles off the coast and occupy up to 430 square miles.

NextEra Energy plans to build Hawaii’s largest wind farm on Maui

Source: Duane Shimogawa, Reporter, Pacific Business News • Posted: Monday, February 23rd, 2015

A subsidiary of NextEra Energy, the Florida-based company that is buying Hawaiian Electric Co. for $4.3 billion, has plans to build the largest wind energy farm in Hawaii on the southern coast of Maui, a company spokesman confirmed to PBN.

Wyoming Suggests ESPS Renewable Credit For Importer, Exporter States

Source: By Doug Obey, Inside EPA • Posted: Monday, February 23rd, 2015

A Wyoming utility regulator is suggesting EPA should at least temporarily allow both power importing and exporting states to take credit for new renewable generation in the agency’s greenhouse gas (GHG) standards for existing power plants, possibly blunting impacts on the coal sector while boosting low-carbon energy. The extent to which EPA is receptive — or even legally able to embrace such a proposal — is not clear, given that such crediting could raise the issue of double counting emission cuts under the existing source performance standards (ESPS).

Civil rights advocates despair after decades of agency inaction 

Source: Robin Bravender, E&E reporter • Posted: Friday, February 20th, 2015

“It’s a travesty,” said Vernice Miller-Travis, a longtime environmental justice advocate who serves on EPA’s environmental justice advisory council. “It’s a clear violation of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

Ind. lawmakers OK bill to gut net metering rates 

Source: Daniel Bush, E&E reporter • Posted: Friday, February 20th, 2015

Indiana lawmakers yesterday passed legislation that would lower net metering rates and tax solar energy consumers, despite strong opposition from renewable energy advocates who claim the bill is designed to kill the state’s solar industry. The bill, approved by the Indiana state House Utilities, Energy and Telecommunications Committee, would reduce the amount utilities must pay to consumers for excess energy generated by residential solar systems.

White House sees wide-ranging benefits in energy boom

Source: By Timothy Cama, The • Posted: Friday, February 20th, 2015

Increased oil and gas production and use of renewable energy means the United States economy is stronger, greenhouse gases are down and security is better, the White House said Thursday. Those are some of the benefits of the energy boom of recent months that the White House’s Council of Economic Advisers outlined in a major report on the economy.

FERC warned about infrastructure needs linked to EPA rule 

Source: Hannah Northey, E&E reporter • Posted: Friday, February 20th, 2015

Jim Hoecker, a former FERC chairman who is now general counsel of Wires, a nonprofit group of transmission owners, said EPA has said “virtually nothing about electric transmission in this rule” and called on FERC to work through its landmark Order 1000 — a rule that requires regional transmission planning — to identify the Clean Power Plan as a public policy priority. Hoecker said that transmission cannot be a Band-Aid and that FERC needs to teach EPA about the difficulty of building new transmission lines. “This is absolutely critical that the commission be active as an educator and as a regulator, because this is happening all over your jurisdictional turf,” he said.

Illinois legislators introduce groundbreaking clean energy bill

Source: by Kari Lydersen, Midwest Energy News • Posted: Friday, February 20th, 2015

Illinois legislators are introducing a sweeping bill today that would “fix” the state’s troubled Renewable Portfolio Standard, create ambitious goals and policies for energy efficiency and solar energy and, backers say, create 32,000 clean-energy jobs per year.

NARUC President Edgar talks regulator concerns on EPA Clean Power Plan

Source: By Monica Trauzzi, E&E • Posted: Thursday, February 19th, 2015

How are the country’s utility regulators responding to the pending finalization of U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan? During today’s OnPoint, from the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners’ winter meetings, Lisa Edgar, president of NARUC and a commissioner on the Florida Public Service Commission, discusses her strategy for leading NARUC during one of the most dynamic times for utility regulators. She talks about how her power plan concerns as a Florida commissioner are shaping her role as NARUC president and explains why she believes a regional approach would have limited success in her state.

Comment: Low fossil fuel prices embody their inherently risky volatility

Source: By Elena M. Krieger, The • Posted: Thursday, February 19th, 2015

Plunging oil and natural gas prices are creating elation at the pump, winter gas bill relief, and unpredictable swings in the stock market. They also serve as a sharp reminder of one of fossil fuels’ inherent characteristics — price volatility. Instead of basking in the temporary glow of cheap fuel, America should remember this volatility and direct current savings towards increasing efficiency and developing renewable energy resources with reliable and secure input costs.