Like President Obama, the Democratic governors of Oregon and Washington, John Kitzhaber and Jay Inslee, are committed warriors in the fight against climate change. But also like the president and the dilemma he faces over the Keystone XL oil pipeline, both chief executives have yet to take a firm stance for or against what environmentalists see as a key threat to global climate — increased coal exports from the United States to energy-hungry markets in Asia.
Over the past few years, Wisconsin’s wind industry has faced an unreasonable number of obstacles, more than any other form of energy production, nearly grinding the job- and energy-creating potential of this critical sector to a halt. If Wisconsin is going to move its economy forward, it needs to stop pushing back and open the door to clean, renewable wind energy. Fortunately, the door has started to creak open.
The U.S. offshore wind industry may be lagging behind its counterparts in Europe and Asia, but that rear guard position also presents the opportunity to learn from their successes and failures, analysts and advocates said yesterday during a teleconference hosted by the law firm Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.
Three former top energy and security officials are taking a stab at the cybersecurity challenges facing the electric power sector. The Bipartisan Policy Center announced the launch of an Electric Grid Cyber Security Initiative that will develop recommendations about how the government and private companies can protect the grid from cyberattacks. The initiative will be co-chaired by retired Gen. Michael Hayden, former director of the Central Intelligence Agency and National Security Agency; Curt Hebert, a former chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and former executive vice president of Entergy Corp.; and Susan Tierney, former assistant secretary for policy at the Department of Energy and a former Massachusetts public utility commissioner.
Wide majorities of likely Illinois voters believe it is important that the state maintain its commitment to increase its use of renewable power and support legislation that would achieve this goal by fixing the state’s broken renewable portfolio standard (RPS) law, according to a Zogby survey released today.
The sun yesterday unleashed its largest solar flare so far this year. The coronal mass ejection was determined to be an “X-class” flare, or the largest of its type. The solar activity is among an increased number of flares occurring at the peak of the sun’s 11-year activity cycle.
The bill that is either a push to boost renewable energy on Colorado’s plains and mountains or part of “a war on rural Colorado” now sits on Gov. John Hickenlooper’s desk. The key issue is whether the bill’s mandate for rural electricity cooperatives to provide 20 percent of their electricity from renewable sources places a financial burden on ranchers, farmers and small towns.
It happens about once a month here, on the barren foothills of one of America’s green-energy boomtowns: A soaring golden eagle slams into a wind farm’s spinning turbine and falls, mangled and lifeless, to the ground. Killing these iconic birds is not just an irreplaceable loss for a vulnerable species. It’s also a federal crime, a charge that the Obama administration has used to prosecute oil companies when birds drown in their waste pits, and power companies when birds are electrocuted by their power lines.
How could expanding transmission infrastructure and wind capacity in the PJM Interconnection region affect consumer prices for electricity? During today’s OnPoint, John Jimison, managing director of the Energy Future Coalition, discusses a new report released by Americans for a Clean Energy Grid, focused on the impact of improved transmission infrastructure and wind capacity in the PJM Interconnection on energy prices. He also discusses his expectations for congressional and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission action on transmission.
Gov. Paul LePage wants to strip from state law goals for increasing the state’s wind energy capacity over the next two decades. LePage’s energy director, Patrick Woodcock, made recommendations Thursday to rewrite the state’s 2008 Wind Energy Act, shifting focus from growing wind energy capacity to lowering electricity costs and making sure Maine sees an economic return on its wind energy investments.