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Google, MidAmerican sign renewable energy agreement

Source: Matthew Patane, Des Moines Register • Posted: Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Iowa’s wind energy will fully power the first phase of Google’s Council Bluffs data center, adding another Iowa data center that is receiving power from renewable energy.
Under an agreement with Google, MidAmerican Energy will provide up to 407 megawatts of wind-sourced energy to the Mountain View, Calif.-based technology company’s Council Bluffs data center. The two companies said Tuesday that the energy provided will fully power the first phase of that data center.

Power players muster forces for electricity market reforms

Source: Rod Kuckro, E&E reporter • Posted: Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

The behemoths of the electric power sector are pushing federal regulators hard to enact reforms in East and Midwest markets that they say would strengthen the reliability of electricity supply and shore up their bottom lines. A central focus of the reform efforts is the capacity market in the PJM Interconnection, which oversees the wholesale electricity business in 13 states and the District of Columbia.

Wind powers Xcel Energy to top of the charts

Source: By Kevin Welch, Amarillo Globe News • Posted: Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Xcel Energy is tops in wind energy among utilities nationwide and one third of that capacity serves its customers in the Texas Panhandle and eastern New Mexico. Trade group American Wind Energy Association ranked Xcel as the utility providing the most wind energy for the 10th consecutive year, according to a report the group issued earlier this month. The company’s total capacity in 2013 was 5,080 megawatts or 15 percent of Xcel’s national energy supply.

BLM advancing large Calif. project with measures to avoid condors, eagles

Source: Scott Streater, E&E reporter • Posted: Monday, April 21st, 2014

The Obama administration has completed the draft environmental analysis of a commercial-scale wind farm project in the foothills of the Tehachapi mountain range, an area that has some of the nation’s best wind resources near habitat for California condors and golden eagles. The Bureau of Land Management today released a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for the Tylerhorse Wind Project in Kern County, Calif., proposed to be built on about 1,200 acres of BLM land inside the Tehachapi Wind Resource Area where wind farms have been in operation for 30 years.

U.S. Wind Energy Could Double, But It’s Deja-vu All Over Again in Congress

Source: By Andrew Burger, TriplePundit • Posted: Monday, April 21st, 2014

Last year got off to a shaky start for the U.S. wind energy industry, but new project construction and installed generation capacity took off following belated Congressional extension of the federal renewable energy production tax credit (PTC). By year’s end a record number of wind energy projects were under construction, and new wind energy generation records had been set across the country.

You’ll Never Guess Which State Has the Most Wind Energy

Source: By Justin Loiseau, Motley News • Posted: Monday, April 21st, 2014

When it comes to wind energy, not all states are created equal. They say everything’s bigger in Texas — and for wind energy and rib-eye steak, they’re right. Here’s how Texas tops the list of wind energy producers.

G.E. Posts Strong Growth In Its Industrial Businesses

Source: By STEVE LOHR, New York Times • Posted: Friday, April 18th, 2014

The three largest industrial equipment divisions — aviation, power and water, and oil and gas — all grew robustly in the quarter. For example, revenue from the power and water unit rose 14 percent to $5.5 billion, helped by strong sales of power plant equipment and wind turbines. With demand for renewable energy increasing, G.E. expects to sell 3,000 wind turbines in 2014, about 1,000 more than last year, said Jeffrey S. Bornstein, the chief financial officer.

Fossil fuels states band together on existing power plant rule

Source: Jean Chemnick, E&E reporter • Posted: Friday, April 18th, 2014

Fossil fuels states met yesterday and today in Bismarck, N.D., to swap ideas about how to protect their states’ economic and energy interests from what they fear could be the harmful effects of U.S. EPA’s upcoming existing power plant carbon dioxide rule. The meeting comes six weeks before the federal agency is set to release its proposed guidance for the rule, and regulators have been tight-lipped about what it will look like. EPA Air and Radiation Office chief counsel Joe Goffman maintained that policy by offering few specifics during his participation in the meeting yesterday.

‘Wind is becoming competitive with conventional generation’ in the Southeast — advocates

Source: Kristi E. Swartz, E&E reporter • Posted: Friday, April 18th, 2014

Once completely off the map when it came to building successful wind turbine projects, nearly every state in the Southeast has a wind developer looking at it, according to clean energy and wind advocates. The lower wind speeds in the Southeast have not typically made the region ripe for wind development, especially when compared with the Midwest and Texas. Improved technology combined with a future need for cheaper power has opened up the Southern states for new development, however.

‘Backbone’ designed to carry offshore wind power gets rebranded for N.J.

Source: Elizabeth Harball, E&E reporter • Posted: Friday, April 18th, 2014

New Jersey’s political support for offshore wind has waned since 2010, when Gov. Chris Christie (R) approved a law providing a substantial subsidy for the technology. As a result, Google-backed AWC is now selling itself to state policymakers as a transmission line that will cut electricity costs and increase grid resilience should another storm like Superstorm Sandy arrive on the New Jersey coast.