GM Adds Wind Energy to Power Factories in Mexico

Source: By Leon Kaye, Triple Pundit • Posted: Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Yesterday General Motors (GM) announced it will add wind power to its energy portfolio for the first time in the history of the company. The construction of the 34 megawatt wind farm in Palo Alto, 325 miles (526 km) from Mexico City, will begin during the second quarter of this year

State regulators sharply criticize Clean Power Plan 

Source: Jean Chemnick, E&E reporter • Posted: Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

When it comes to U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan, Texas’ best bet might be to “just say no,” its regulatory utility commissioner said today. EPA would have to provide substantial new “relief” in its final version of the rule for existing power plants in order to give Texas confidence that complying would be a good idea, Commissioner Kenneth Anderson told the winter meeting of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners.

McCarthy hints at interim target changes in power plant rule 

Source: Jean Chemnick, E&E reporter • Posted: Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy suggested today that EPA would change the way early reductions are mandated in its final version of the Clean Power Plan. In an appearance at the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) winter meeting, McCarthy acknowledged many states have told EPA that the interim compliance period would limit their options or affect reliability.

Multi-state coordination needed to revive U.S. offshore wind industry — report 

Source: Elizabeth Harball, E&E reporter • Posted: Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Following a lackluster several months for offshore wind in the United States, a new report argues that interstate coordination is essential if the industry is going to get back on its feet. Noting that the United States seems to have entered the “post-Cape Wind” era, report author and Clean Energy Group President Lewis Milford said in an email introducing the report that “the current policy isn’t working and there is a need for multi-state policy approaches.”

Embattled governor to resign 

Source: Jennifer Yachnin, E&E reporter • Posted: Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber (D) will resign from office effective Wednesday, succumbing to demands from state Democrats amid multiple investigations into whether his fiancee, Cylvia Hayes, used her role as an energy policy adviser for personal gain. Kitzhaber’s resignation will automatically elevate Secretary of State Kate Brown (D) into the governor’s mansion. The state does not have a lieutenant governor.

DOE explores new energy storage strategies to accelerate the use of renewable energy 

Source: Umair Irfan, E&E reporter • Posted: Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

Storing energy remains the missing link for many clean power technologies, but DOE researchers and startup companies are racing to fill the gap. Without a way to save electricity and heat for later use, intermittent renewable energy will struggle to close price and performance differences with fossil fuels. But stored energy has advantages. It can respond to increased power demands faster than a turbine can spool up, and it can also save excess power and then supply it when needed.

Blowing away myths: Study says wind energy could be even more reliable than baseload power

Source: by Kari Lydersen, Midwest Energy News • Posted: Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

What happens when the wind doesn’t blow? That’s a question that wind power skeptics or critics frequently ask. While coal, nuclear and gas plants theoretically run uninterrupted whenever they are called upon, humans have no control over when wind turbines stop and start spinning. Some utility and power company officials say this is a reason that “reliable,” baseload power should be valued more than wind. But in a report released Thursday and an accompanying webinar, experts with the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) explained how wind can actually be seen as a more reliable source than conventional power plants — one that contributes to rather than inhibits the stability of the grid as a whole.

Mass. lawmakers offer possible lifeline for struggling Cape Wind 

Source: Ariel Wittenberg, E&E reporter • Posted: Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

“I’m not sure what Cape Wind’s next move will be, but anybody who is developing an offshore wind piece, this bill is going to be for them,” said Haddad, who is second only to the speaker in the House hierarchy. “If Cape Wind wants to compete and they want to bring a lower price to the table, then they are going to be successful.”

As States Retreat, NASEO Touts Current Policies For ESPS Compliance

Source: By Lee Logan, Inside EPA • Posted: Saturday, February 14th, 2015

The report comes as several states are reconsidering their existing RES or EERS. For example, West Virginia recently became the first state to repeal its RES, with the legislature voting overwhelmingly to scrap the law, which would have required 25 percent of electricity sales to come from renewable or alternative sources by 2025.

Whatever happened to offshore wind energy? Five years since Lake Michigan wind turbines proposed

Source: By Stephen Kloosterman, • Posted: Friday, February 13th, 2015

Visions of large, white wind-energy blades sweeping up the horizon have faded five years since a wind farm was proposed for Lake Michigan off the West Michigan coast. Five years ago, Scandia Wind created quite a stir by proposing a large wind-energy project, generating much discussion and debate in West Michigan, especially in Mason, Oceana, Muskegon and Ottawa counties. After months of talk in 2009 and 2010, the discussion of putting wind turbines in Lake Michigan has been relatively silent since.