Planners chart role of renewables in Eastern power grid’s future

Source: Peter Behr • E&E • Posted: Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

The planning project, funded by an Energy Department American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant, is the first comprehensive study of how power flows could be coordinated across the entire Eastern Interconnection — the synchronized power grid across the 39 states and six Canadian provinces that links 740,600 megawatts of generation with electricity customers from the Atlantic Coast to the Rocky Mountains. DOE also is funding similar studies for the Western Interconnection grid and the separate Texas grid.

Giant, floating wind turbines set to conquer deep ocean final frontier

Source: Special to E&E • E&E • Posted: Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

In the race for bigger offshore wind turbines, what’s under the water can be just as much trouble as what’s above.

New Laws Now Evaluated by Job Creation

Source: ROBERT PEAR • New York Times • Posted: Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

After years of judging the merits of federal laws by their costs or savings, Washington is applying a new yardstick: Will they create or destroy jobs?

Oil Prices Predicted to Stay Above $100 a Barrel Through Next Year

Source: DIANE CARDWELL and RICK GLADSTONE • Posted: Monday, January 2nd, 2012

With Iran threatening to cut off about a fifth of the world’s oil supply by closing the Strait of Hormuz and unrest in Iraq endangering the ability to increase production there, financial analysts say prices for two important oil benchmarks will average from $100 a barrel to $120 a barrel in 2012.

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.