Climate is a top campaign issue. Just don’t say ‘Clean Power Plan’

Source: Emily Holden, E&E reporter • Posted: Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

“The Clean Power Plan is a level of detail that the public still doesn’t necessarily know so much about,” said David Goldston, head of governmental affairs for the Natural Resources Defense Council Action Fund. “You tend to emphasize, especially at this point, clean energy, cleaning up power plants, meeting the Paris accords.” He said Democrats in the short term are more likely to focus on GOP nominee Donald Trump’s stance that climate change is a “hoax” and to play up the economic benefits of renewable power.

Climate Change Divide Bursts to Forefront in Presidential Campaign

Source: By CORAL DAVENPORT, New York Times • Posted: Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

Mrs. Clinton’s opponent in the November election, Donald J. Trump, has gone further than any other Republican presidential nominee in opposing climate change policy. He often mocks the established science of human-caused climate change and dismisses it as a hoax. The Republican platform calls climate change policy “the triumph of extremism over common sense.”

Hillary Clinton’s climate and energy policies, explained

Source: By David Roberts, VOX • Posted: Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

“Generate enough renewable energy to power every home in America, with half a billion solar panels installed by the end of Hillary’s first term.” (That would mean installed solar PV capacity of 140 gigawatts by the end of 2020, up 700 percent from current levels and well beyond most forecasts.) Much of the green-infrastructure plan is part of Clinton’s larger infrastructure plan, with its proposed National Infrastructure Bank. It includes a “pipeline partnership” that would help cities and states more easily locate and repair leaky natural gas pipelines, various financing tools for grid investments to ease the spread of distributed energy, and investments in clean energy R&D.

New York Could Show the Way to Rescue U.S. Nuclear Plants

Source: BY TIMOTHY GARDNER, Reuters • Posted: Monday, August 1st, 2016

New York state and nuclear power have never been best friends, but the state is expected to decide as soon as Monday on a proposed subsidy plan that could furnish the rest of the country with a model for saving a struggling industry while reducing carbon emissions. Nuclear power is nearly carbon free, but many U.S. plants are losing money, hammered by sharply lower prices for rival fuel natural gas and lackluster demand for electricity. Five plants in states from Florida to California have shut since 2013 and many others are at risk. The New York Public Service Commission on Monday is expected to vote on whether to subsidize nuclear power plants under a proposed Clean Energy Standard, or CES.

Sharp rise in estimated bird deaths at Calif. ‘power tower’

Source: Phil Taylor, E&E reporter • Posted: Monday, August 1st, 2016

Nearly 6,190 birds died at the Ivanpah solar energy plant in Southern California’s Mojave Desert in its second year of operation, a 77 percent increase over the estimated fatalities from the previous year. The estimate by Western EcoSystems Technology Inc. (WEST), a contractor for the plant, is bringing fresh scrutiny to solar “power tower” facilities built to turn the sun’s heat into electricity. Two have been built on public lands in the U.S. Southwest with billions of dollars of federal loan assistance, and others are in development in Chile, South Africa and China

NextEra turns focus to repowering wind assets to capture tax credits

Source: By Lucas Bifera, SNL • Posted: Monday, August 1st, 2016

Turning old wind farms into new wind farms could become a cornerstone of NextEra Energy Inc.’s investment strategy in the coming years, especially if the company has stockpiled cheaper, more efficient turbine equipment during a broader pause in the wind industry’s development pipeline. NextEra management during a second-quarter earnings call emphasized the company’s decision to repower a pair of wind facilities in Texas totaling 327 MW for roughly $250 million, an investment it hopes to replicate across its wind holdings, so as to capture federal production tax credits for repowered wind plants, per guidance the Internal Revenue Service issued in May.

Wind Energy Now A Competitive, Bipartisan Option

Source: By Bruce Lieberman, Yale Climate Connections • Posted: Monday, August 1st, 2016

The stereotype is that the switch to clean energy is driven by political progressives, but wind energy is booming in conservative states like Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas. Texas produces more wind-generated electricity than any other state. And Oklahoma and Kansas aren’t too far behind. That’s not a coincidence.

My Turbine Lies Over The Ocean: It Takes Herculean Labor To Build America’s First Offshore Wind Farm

Source: By Mark Egan, Renewable Energy World • Posted: Monday, August 1st, 2016

Eric Crucerey and his team can move mountains. Well, maybe not mountains, but machines that dwarf the Statue of Liberty. Crucerey, who works for GE Renewable Energy, is the project director in charge of delivering GE’s Haliade wind turbines for America’s first offshore wind farm that’s being built by Deepwater Wind near Block Island, Rhode Island. Over the next few weeks, he will ship five wind turbine nacelles from France to the U.S. across the Atlantic. Each of these 400-ton structures is as large as a school bus and houses the turbine’s power-generating components, including a massive permanent magnet generator. They will sit some 330 feet (100 meters) above the waves.

Heat wave: Your questions answered

Source: Gayathri Vaidyanathan, E&E reporter • Posted: Friday, July 29th, 2016

The changing winds bear good news: The heat wave is on the wane. For much of this week, temperatures across the United States have been blistering. In Washington, D.C., thermometers hit 100 degrees Fahrenheit on Monday, breaking records for July. The heat was caused by a strong ridge of high pressure that parked over most of the United States and formed a dome of stifling heat and humidity. The weather pattern is dissipating and being replaced, from the Mississippi Valley through the Northeast, with rain, said Bob Oravec, lead forecaster at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Weather Service.

The surprisingly bright future of America’s forgotten renewable energy source: water

Source: By Chris Mooney and Brady Dennis, Washington Post • Posted: Friday, July 29th, 2016

Long before wind and solar, water was the nation’s top renewable energy source. Going back some 100 years, the United States built enormous dams — like the Depression-era Hoover Dam in Nevada — to produce tremendous amounts of energy. We have so many such dams that hydropower last year remained our fourth largest source of electricity overall and our single largest renewable source, providing 6 percent of Americans’ electricity. Yet it’s rarely talked about and lacks the excitement attached to other renewables. That’s in part because dams are controversial and can have major environmental consequences, affecting wildlife and altering local ecosystems. New ones also are expensive to build.