Offshore Wind Farm Maintenance To Benefit From EU Research

Source: By Joshua S Hill, CleanTechnica • Posted: Sunday, October 23rd, 2016

New techniques to continually monitor the structural conditions of an offshore wind turbine will go a long way toward optimizing maintenance and inspections, and help the offshore wind sector achieve greater increases in cost-efficiency. The TOWERPOWER project is being funded by the European Union’s Community Research and Development Information Service, and is aiming at developing reliable new techniques to continuously monitor the structural condition of an offshore wind turbine. The project is entering its final year, and is using ultrasound-based techniques to monitor the transition piece of a wind turbine — the part of the turbine that supports the nacelle and the tower itself.

Dems’ bid for House majority — close but no cigar?

Source: Jennifer Yachnin, E&E reporter • Posted: Sunday, October 23rd, 2016

Now as Trump struggles to keep pace in the race for the White House — weighed down by poor debate performances and accusations of sexual assault — Democrats are hoping that initial splash builds into a wave election that puts them back in control of the House for the first time since they lost the majority in 2010. But with a 59-seat deficit in the House for Democrats — and fewer than 20 truly competitive GOP-held seats — most political prognosticators agree it’s unlikely Democrats will be able to flip the 30 seats the party needs to take back control of the chamber.

U.S. Army picks firms for up to $7 billion in wind energy orders

Source: By Andrea Shalal-Esa, Reuters • Posted: Friday, October 21st, 2016

The U.S. Army has picked 17 companies that will be eligible to receive orders for wind energy under an umbrella contract valued at up to $7 billion, the Pentagon said on Monday. The companies include many large energy producers including Dominion Energy, a unit of Dominion Resources Inc (D.N); the U.S. unit of Spain’s Acciona SA (ANA.MC); Duke Energy Corp (DUK.N); the U.S. unit of France’s EDF Energies Nouvelles; and the U.S. unit of Spain’s Iberdrola SA (IBE.MC).

It’s déjà vu in arguments as EPA foes challenge another rule

Source: Amanda Reilly, E&E reporter • Posted: Friday, October 21st, 2016

The lawsuit over U.S. EPA’s carbon rule for new power plants features similar battle lines, many of the same attorneys and the same federal court as the litigation over the Clean Power Plan. And opening briefs filed last week in the case show that challengers intend to make the Clean Power Plan a part of their legal arguments, too. Foes cited the Clean Power Plan, which aims to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants, more than a half dozen times to boost their arguments against the rule for new power plants.

Iowa Senate debate touches on RFS, EPA regs, high court vacancy

Source: Jennifer Yachnin, E&E reporter • Posted: Friday, October 21st, 2016

Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley touted his work to maintain the renewable fuel standard while criticizing his Democratic challenger for supporting U.S. EPA regulations, as he faced off last night with former Lt. Gov. Patty Judge in the duo’s first debate. Democrats had hoped to make the Iowa Senate race competitive in the face of Senate Republicans’ refusal to hold a hearing for Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland, but Grassley, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, has maintained a double-digit lead over Judge.

Construction wraps up on largest solar facility in Midwest

Source: By The Associated Press • Posted: Friday, October 21st, 2016

Construction has wrapped up on a $180 million solar farm in Minnesota that’s billed as the largest single solar facility in the Midwest and one of the largest in the country. The North Star Solar project in Chisago County just north of the Twin Cities comprises more than 440,000 solar panels on 1 ½ square miles of land. It’s expected to produce enough energy to power more than 20,000 homes, starting in December.

Leaked audio raises temperature in Fla. solar fight

Source: Kristi E. Swartz, E&E reporter • Posted: Friday, October 21st, 2016

packers of a rooftop solar initiative railed against Florida’s largest electric utilities yesterday after leaked audio tape revealed their strategy to mask a controversial ballot initiative as pro-solar. A wide range of solar advocates, including the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) and Debbie Dooley, a tea party activist, attacked Florida’s regulated electric companies for deliberately misleading voters to support what’s known as Amendment 1.

Clinton’s energy ‘open borders’ already underway

Source: Umair Irfan and Scott Waldman, E&E reporters • Posted: Friday, October 21st, 2016

“We already have electricity trade across both of our borders,” said Nathan Serota, a senior analyst at Bloomberg New Energy Finance. “That already happens.” There is Canadian hydropower imported into states such as New York, and proposed transmission lines would bring more hydropower into New England. The government of Quebec wants to build out hydropower resources, so more clean power could be imported into the United States from its northern neighbor. The greatest challenge, however, is building out the billions of dollars of transmission lines that would be needed to support such infrastructure.

Target zooms past Wal-Mart in installations

Source: Christa Marshall, E&E reporter • Posted: Thursday, October 20th, 2016

Move over, Wal-Mart. For the first time ever, retail giant Target Corp. is the top corporate installer of solar power in the United States. The discount chain surged from 11th to first in annual rankings from the Solar Energy Industries Association of the largest business adopters of solar in terms of overall installed capacity. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. dominated the top spot for the past four years.

Big business likes wind power, study finds

Source: David Ferris, E&E reporter • Posted: Thursday, October 20th, 2016

A survey of big companies that have invested heavily in renewable energy has found that wind farms are their top choice, mainly because they pay for themselves more quickly. The study also found that most of these companies have set concrete targets for electrifying themselves with renewable energy, with a majority having goals to do so in less than a decade.