The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) this week plans advertising in Colorado and Iowa in support of Democrats facing two of this fall’s most hotly contested Senate races. The AWEA ads backing Sen. Mark Udall of Colorado and Rep. Bruce Braley of Iowa, running to replace retiring Sen. Tom Harkin (D), come as both Democrats face increasingly heated attacks from their GOP challengers. Udall in particular sees near-daily pressure from his opponent, Rep. Cory Gardner (R), over proposed statewide ballot initiatives that could limit hydraulic fracturing.
The Regulatory Assistance Project has a new brief available on how to comply with section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act. The authors lay out ten steps regulators can take now to prepare to develop an effective state implementation plan.
So much soot belched from the old power plant here that Mike Zeleny would personally warn the neighbors. “If the wind was blowing in a certain direction,” Mr. Zeleny said, “we’d call Mrs. Robinson down the street and tell her not to put out her laundry.” That coal plant is long gone, replaced by a much larger and cleaner one along the vast Saskatchewan prairie. Sooty shirts and socks are a thing of the past.
How should utility regulators in coal-heavy states be preparing for U.S. EPA’s proposed regulations for existing power plants? During today’s OnPoint, Sue Tierney, senior adviser at the Analysis Group, discusses a new report focusing on current state policies that could comply with EPA’s existing source regulations. Tierney, a former assistant secretary for policy at the Department of Energy, also gives a behind-the-scenes look at last week’s National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners summer meetings.
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton (D) called on his state to eliminate coal from its energy portfolio last week, challenging his constituents to advance already ambitious goals on energy efficiency and renewable energy. Speaking during the state’s Clean Energy Economy Summit, Dayton challenged policymakers and the energy industry to “tell us what a timeline [to end coal use] would look like, what has to happen for that timeline to be met and what kind of incentives or inducements do we need to provide to make that happen.”
Gov. Mark Dayton today challenged a group of energy policy and business leaders to figure out a way for Minnesota to eliminate coal from the state’s energy production. Dayton, who has spoken of his aim to eliminate coal before, said it’s time to start talking details so that Minnesota could lead the nation.
Over the years, Colorado has been a clean energy leader thanks to creative, ambitious citizens and well-designed policies. Given that legacy of innovation, the state is now a hub for clean, affordable wind power, and stands to gain immensely from wind’s continued growth. Of course, the people of Pueblo are no stranger to wind power’s benefits. The Vestas facility here is one of four in Colorado, providing hundreds of skilled, well-paying jobs. Those facilities are part of a vast supply chain that employs more than 3,000 people in the state, in disciplines from operations and maintenance to manufacturing and other support sectors.
The reason that Pilger, Nebraska was so badly hit by tornados last month is the same reason that wind is a great energy source inTornado Alley. The wind blows hard and often. So wind energy should be the major part of a sustainable energy mix in this region of the United States. We don’t yet know how to protect our towns from tornados, although we’ve gotten very good at protecting our people with new shelters. But we do know how to harness that power using wind turbines.
U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy will face a Senate committee Wednesday whose members have largely already made up their minds about whether or not to support her agency’s proposal to curb existing power plant greenhouse gas emissions.
Interior officials yesterday proposed developing wind energy on nearly 344,000 acres off the New Jersey coast, enough to power about 1.2 million homes. The New Jersey Wind Energy Area — divided into the north area of 183,353 acres and the south area of 160,480 acres — is located about 7 nautical miles from Atlantic City. If fully developed, the area would generate up to 3,400 megawatts.