After watching Iowa and other states harness the wind, Nebraska is working to catch up. New incentives are helping to build the largest wind farm in the state, in which 200 turbines will turn over farmland in Holt County by the end of the year. Developers can’t wait, but some neighbors said it’s too much, too fast. Wind turbines are changing the landscape in north-central Nebraska. The Grande Prairie Wind Farm near O’Neill will include 200 turbines when it’s completed later this year, making it Nebraska’s largest wind farm.
In consultation with the Hawaii Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Task Force, the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management issued a call for information to gauge the offshore wind industry’s interest in acquiring commercial wind leases in two areas encompassing a combined 485,000 acres of submerged federal lands off Oahu. The bureau also opened a 45-day public comment period on site conditions, resources and other uses in and near those areas. Hawaii has a mandate of attaining 100 percent clean-energy generation by 2045.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit Friday granted a request by states, industries and other opponents of EPA’s climate rule to delay the schedule for filing briefs in the case. The court refused to adopt EPA’s proposal in its orde. Instead, the judges asked the parties to submit motions to consolidate challenges against EPA by July 12 and suggestions for a new briefing schedule by Aug. 4.
The Stanford professor’s Solutions Project famously lays out roadmaps for 139 countries, including the world’s major greenhouse gas emitters, to switch to 100 percent clean, renewable energy generated from wind, water and sunlight for all purposes by 2050. He made an appearance on the Late Show With David Letterman in 2013 and said we already have enough wind to power the entire world “seven times over.”
The Obama administration is encouraging the development of wind farms off Hawaii, issuing a request for information yesterday to gauge the interest of the offshore wind industry Interior Secretary Sally Jewell described the move as “another milestone in the President’s plan to support clean, renewable energy from the Nation’s vast wind and solar resources.” Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has so far awarded 11 commercial offshore wind leases throughout the United States.
The largest wind energy power line in the southeast may soon be coming to North Mississippi, says Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley. Presley said Pattern Energy, a subsidiary of Southern Cross Transmission Project, is expected to submit a proposal in September to bring a 400-mile line, going from Texas to North Mississippi.
Gov. Steve Bullock, D-Mont., has announced a new blueprint for Montana’s energy future. According to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), which is praising the governor’s plan, the blueprint recognizes the value of a stronger electricity grid and the expansion of wind power in the state. In recent weeks, Bullock says he met with wind and solar developers, energy efficiency advocates, small businesses and coal workers in order to gather input and perspective from all sectors of the energy industry.
The Rhode Island General Assembly has voted to raise the state’s renewable energy standard to 40 percent by the end of 2035. Lawmakers approved the measure over the weekend, and the governor is expected to sign it into law soon. Mark Kresowik, a regional deputy director for the Sierra Club, called it a “great step toward ultimately getting to 100 percent clean energy in the region.”
Rhode Island’s legislature passed a bill that raises the renewable energy mandate from 14.5% by 2019 to 40% by 2035, joining a growing number of US states that have done so to diversify their energy mix and reduce CO2 emissions. Governor Gina Raimondo, a strong supporter of wind energy development, is expected to sign the bill, 2016-S 2185A/House 7413B into law.
Lawmakers and aides from both sides of the aisle said this week’s turn of events underscore how partisan Capitol Hill has become this election season. They say partisan tensions from the protest will leave an already polarized Congress even more hard-pressed to pass any significant legislation, including an energy overhaul and the annual spending bills, before this November’s general elections.