Energy not there in Iowa

Source: Alex Guillen • POLITICO • Posted: Monday, January 2nd, 2012

Energy issues — historically ethanol but increasingly wind — used to be a centerpiece of the first-in-the-nation caucuses, providing a national platform for a state that prides itself on excelling in renewable energy.
But the vast cornfields and wind-swept plains of the Hawkeye State, while important to the local economy, have taken a back seat this year.

Wind and Solar Projects Advance on a Fast Track

Source: RYAN TRACY • Wall Street Journal • Posted: Monday, January 2nd, 2012

The pace of approvals for solar and wind projects in the U.S. is picking up under the Obama administration, with two new plants in California and Oregon winning approval this week.

New Jersey seen as future in wind projects

Source: AARON NATHANS • The News Journal • Posted: Sunday, December 25th, 2011

Delaware’s flagship offshore wind project may be going dormant, but observers say offshore wind is off to a promising start in New Jersey.

Harsh Political Reality Slows Climate Studies Despite Extreme Year

Source: JUSTIN GILLIS • New York Times • Posted: Sunday, December 25th, 2011

At the end of one of the most bizarre weather years in American history, climate research stands at a crossroads.

Former Sen. Tim Wirth outlines ambitious 2nd Obama term on climate change

Source: Lisa Friedman • E&E • Posted: Friday, December 23rd, 2011

President Obama has a “last window of opportunity” to get it right on climate change, U.N. Foundation President Tim Wirth warned this week.

Despite low sales, supporters say year was a success

Source: Jason Plautz • E&E • Posted: Friday, December 23rd, 2011

As with most issues, the story of 2011 electric vehicle sales depends largely on perspective.

Climate advocates signal EPA mercury rule is a step toward carbon reductions

Source: Joel Kirkland • E&E • Posted: Friday, December 23rd, 2011

The U.S. EPA final rule yesterday to cut toxic air pollutants will force the retirement of some of the nation’s dirtiest electricity generators, including coal-fired power plants that produce tons of greenhouse gas emissions.

Texas transmission project could set Southeastern wind sales in motion

Source: Nathanial Gronewold • E&E • Posted: Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

Texas should be selling large quantities of wind energy to other states by 2016 now that its major transmission project has just cleared a key regulatory process, according to a top renewable power developer.

E.P.A. Issues Limits on Mercury Emissions

Source: JOHN M. BRODER • New York Times • Posted: Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

The Environmental Protection Agency unveiled new standards on Wednesday sharply limiting emissions of mercury and other toxic pollutants from the nation’s coal- and oil-burningpower plants.
The new rule, unless blocked by Congress or the courts, will be the first time the federal government has enforced limits on mercury, arsenic, acid gases and other poisonous and carcinogenic chemicals emitted by the burning of fossil fuels.

Wind Energy Tax Credit Advocates Urge Congress To Extend Measure

Source: Jordan Howard • Huffington Post • Posted: Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

“No industry can take such a big shift in cost structure,” Nathanael Greene, director of renewable energy policy for the Natural Resources Defense Council, told HuffPost. “And this is an industry that supports almost 100,000 jobs.”