The 27 states challenging Obama’s Clean Power Plan in court say the lower emissions levels it would impose are an undue burden. But most are likely to hit them anyway. Already, Arkansas, North Carolina, Oklahoma and South Dakota appear to be meeting the CPP’s early targets. And changes in the power market, along with policies favoring clean generation, are propelling most of the rest toward timely compliance, according to researchers, power producers and officials, as well as government filings reviewed by Reuters.
More than 50 groups are making a renewed push for Congress to extend multiple energy tax credits to avoid an investment plunge after this year. Allowing the expiration of tax credits threatens jobs and millions of dollars of investments, and favors some energy industries over others, the groups said on a conference call yesterday. Last year, Congress extended tax credits for wind and solar but not for other renewables like geothermal. Senate lawmakers have tried to move new extensions for other low-carbon sources.
“Offshore wind is an abundant source of renewable energy located near some of our nation’s largest cities and areas of electricity demand, but the nation still has only one project under construction off the coast of Rhode Island that recently completed construction and will be placed in service later this year,” the authors explained. “Europe currently has 11 GW of offshore wind installed. A new U.S. offshore wind sector could create thousands of jobs in businesses ranging from R&D and engineering to manufacturing and marine construction.”
While the United States led the world in wind energy generation last year, it has not sufficiently tapped into the nation’s offshore wind potential, according to the letter signed by Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (R), the coalition’s chairman, and Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo (D), the vice chairwoman. “Offshore wind is an abundant source of renewable energy located near some of our nation’s largest cities and areas of electricity demand, but the nation still has only one project under construction off the coast of Rhode Island that recently completed construction and will be placed in service later this year,” said the letter, referring to the Block Island Wind Farm, which is expected to provide 30 megawatts of power to Rhode Island later this year.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said yesterday members were “close” to a CR deal that would keep government running for about 10 weeks, through Dec. 9. Without an agreement in place, much of government would be forced to shut down in less than two weeks, when the new fiscal year begins on Oct. 1
A bankruptcy court yesterday allowed solar giant SunEdison Inc. to proceed with a sale of several solar and wind projects. An affiliate of NRG Energy Inc. will buy the renewable energy developments for $144 million. The projects are located in California, Utah, Texas, Hawaii, Washington and Maine.
In 2012, the governor of Wyoming made an exciting announcement: Cheyenne, the state’s capital, would be the home to a huge new Microsoft data center. Then things got complicated, in ways that happen these days when a technology company demanding clean power meets a coal-heavy power grid. The first problem was that the data center’s projected power demand, 200 megawatts, would almost double the amount of electricity needed in little Cheyenne.
Amazon is investing in West Texas wind for its largest renewable energy project ever. Seattle-based Amazon is teaming up with Chicago’s Lincoln Clean Energy to build the 253-megawatt Amazon Wind Farm Texas west of Abilene in Scurry County. One megawatt typically powers 200 homes on a hot Texas day.
American Wind Action, a nonprofit group that backs wind power, launched a six-figure ad campaign Monday promoting the energy source in Kansas. The ad campaign includes TV ads running on broadcast and cable, along with radio and digital ads.
“The appeals court has created a Catch 22 barrier, with no basis in the statute, to prevent new companies from becoming public utilities and to prevent them from helping to lower energy prices in Illinois,” Clean Line Vice President Hans Detweiler said in a news release. “We are challenging the court’s decision because it will harm Illinois consumers by reducing the amount of carbon-free energy in the marketplace,” John Moore, director of the NRDC’s Sustainable FERC Project, said in the news release.