Power companies’ new generating capacity this year will be dominated by wind, natural gas and solar power, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) said. Wind will see a net increase of 9.8 gigawatts of capacity throughout the country, the most of any power source, the EIA said Tuesday, based on generating companies’ stated expectations.
A bill that would give the Minnesota Legislature the final say on a state plan to reduce carbon emissions passed a state House committee yesterday. In the coming months, U.S. EPA plans to set carbon reduction goals for each state to address climate change. Following the goals by the federal agency, state officials will devise a plan to meet the targets. The bill would require state lawmakers to approve the plan before it’s implemented.
Foes of U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan are weighing the legal and political pros and cons of a “just say no” approach to the draft rule aimed at curbing heat-trapping greenhouse gases from power plants.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell last week urged states to not prepare plans for implementing the rule. Cooperating with the Obama administration, he said, would undercut legal and legislative efforts to kill the rule and allow EPA to impose a rule that exceeds its legal authority
Now, a new report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration makes a similar point. It finds that the electricity generated from wind and solar grew a lot faster than electricity generated by fossil fuels last year. In fact, solar more than doubled, and wind outgrew all other sources. “I think the story that renewable generation is up from wind and solar and other sources is certainly the story to tell,” said Emily Williams, deputy director of industry data and analysis at the American Wind Energy Association, which heralded the report.
California lawmakers have introduced a suite of new climate change and energy bills for consideration in the 2015-16 legislative session, with the state’s greenhouse gas (GHG) and clean power mandates taking center stage as key policy committees gear up to hold their first hearings of the year. Many of the new bills — which aim to dramatically impact state GHG, energy, air, waste and water policies and programs — were submitted just prior to the Feb. 27 deadline for introducing legislation.
Rancher Stuart Scranton doesn’t know exactly where NPPD plans to cross his land with a high-voltage power line, but he fears it might be right where migratory geese stop and rest, white-tailed deer graze and prairie chickens dance during mating season.
A plan that promised to bring hundreds of jobs and alternative energy to New Jersey — including construction at the Port of Paulsboro — is indefinitely stalled as the federal government and the Board of Public Utilities have slowed down momentum for wind energy projects. The Atlantic Wind Connection, which would link energy hubs in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey, planned to use the Port of Paulsboro as a construction sight for converter platforms for an offshore electrical transmission cable.
While many green power choices are pricey, some consumer electricity plans are getting more affordable with time. In the last few years, renewables have become one of the cheapest options in Texas thanks to the state’s wind farms. A review of state-run website PowertoChoose.org found that plans with 100 percent renewable energy made up three of the top 10 cheapest plans in Dallas.
Committees in the Hawaii legislature this week voted to advance companion bills that would ramp up the state’s renewable portfolio standard (RPS) to 100pc by 2040. Committees in House and Senate recommended that the bills pass with amendments. In the House, the Finance Committee recommended the measure by a 15-0 vote and the Senate Commerce and Consumer protection committee passed the measure 4-0, with three senators not voting.
Bob Keefe, E2’s executive director, said in a statement that the 2014 jobs report demonstrates that the “clean energy revolution continues,” but such optimism was tempered by the fact that a number of federal and state supports for renewable energy — such as the federal production tax credit for wind energy — have expired or seen eroding political support.
He added that, while dozens of states have benefited from rising consumer interest and government supports for clean energy and clean transportation, “the one place in the country that doesn’t seem to get it is Congress.”