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As renewables come online, business models, regulatory structures lag — panel

Source: Nathanael Massey, E&E reporter • Posted: Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Fifty years from now, the U.S. electrical grid will look less like a one-way exchange of supply and demand than a network of interchangeable power sources, batteries, appliances and devices. It will be smart enough to balance the intermittency of solar and wind power, while simultaneously optimizing the power demands of hundreds of millions of customers — customers who know more and have more control over their consumption of electricity.

Global wind capacity up 12.4 percent in 2013: industry data

Source: London, REUTERS • Posted: Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Global installed wind power capacity increased by 12.4 percent to more than 318 gigawatts in 2013 led by China and Canada, industry figures showed on Wednesday. Capacity rose from around 283 GW at the end of 2012, data from the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) showed. However, installations slowed in 2013 to about 35.5 GW, almost 10 GW less than a year earlier mostly on a drop in the United States.

Georgetown Law honors EPA climate rules architect

Source: Jean Chemnick, E&E reporter • Posted: Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Lisa Heinzerling, a key architect of U.S. EPA’s climate change regulations, has been selected for a Georgetown University Law School professorship named for former Supreme Court Justice William Brennan Jr. A former clerk for Brennan, Heinzerling is well-known for helping to lay the legal foundation for EPA’s bid to use the Clean Air Act to regulate greenhouse gases.

Carroll County Iowa to get wind farm

Source: Written by Matthew Patane, Des Moines Register • Posted: Thursday, February 6th, 2014

A New Jersey energy firm has set its sights on Carroll County for a $42 million wind farm investment. NJR Clean Energy Ventures, a subsidiary of New Jersey Resources, announced Wednesday that it has agreed to acquire its second onshore wind project on 1,100 acres in the county.

Interior to advance Ore. floating turbine proposal

Source: Phil Taylor, E&E reporter • Posted: Thursday, February 6th, 2014

The Interior Department is expected to announce today that it’s advancing a Seattle company’s plan to install the nation’s first commercial floating wind turbine facility. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Director Tommy Beaudreau are scheduled to make the announcement this afternoon in Portland alongside Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber.

Coalition Welcomes New Leadership Team

Source: Coalition News Release • Posted: Thursday, February 6th, 2014

“I look forward to working with Governor Inslee and our Coalition colleagues to help the wind energy industry diversify our nation’s energy portfolio,” said Governor Daugaard. “We will continue working with Congress to extend the federal wind production tax credit so the industry can continue to produce rewarding careers throughout the nation. We will also support efforts to modernize our nation’s electric transmission system that is so vital to economic development in Washington, South Dakota, and throughout the nation.

Wind installations drop in Europe as nations slash subsidies

Source: Special to E&E • Posted: Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

Wind power installations fell 8 percent last year in the European Union as new activity dropped considerably in Spain, Italy and France, the European Wind Energy Association said yesterday. But the technology increased its presence as a percentage of total installations, as a majority of new power capacity coming online was renewable

Rocky Mountain Power applies for rules change amid dispute

Source: By BENJAMIN STORROW Star-Tribune staff writer, Casper Star Tribune • Posted: Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

Under the different contract, the company would offer producers like Wasatch two prices, a higher price where new transmission lines are built and a lower one where new lines are not constructed. The proposal comes down to two factors: federal law and transmission capacity.

ConEd floats big boosts in incentives for energy storage

Source: Colin Sullivan, E&E reporter • Posted: Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

ConEd said it will increase the incentive for office buildings in the city to build in new energy storage options. A thermal storage device, for instance, would receive a $2,600-per-kilowatt credit for on-peak summer demand reduction, up from $600/kW under the current structure. Battery storage would be eligible for a $2,100/kW incentive, also up from $600/kW. The incentives will be capped at 50 percent of a project’s cost.

E.P.A. Staff Struggling to Create Pollution Rule

Source: By CORAL DAVENPORT, New York Times • Posted: Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

n marathon meetings and tense all-day drafting sessions, dozens of lawyers, economists and engineers at the Environmental Protection Agency are struggling to create what is certain to be a divisive but potentially historic centerpiece of President Obama’s climate change legacy. If the authors succeed in writing a lawsuit-proof regulation that is effective in cutting carbon emissions from America’s 1,500 power plants — the largest source of the nation’s greenhouse gas pollution — the result could be the most significant action taken by the United States to curb climate change.