Ames takes another step toward solar energy

Source: By Austin Harrington, Staff Writer, Ames Tribune • Posted: Monday, June 27th, 2016

In an effort to make the city friendlier to solar energy, Ames officials are beginning an application process to be included in a federal program that is designed to decrease the hurdles associated with solar energy. SolSmart is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy to recognize communities that have taken key steps to address local barriers to solar energy and foster the growth of mature local solar markets, according to the program’s website. The Ames City Council approved the application process in early June after the Ames Progressive Alliance brought the initiative to the city’s attention

LM Wind Rolls Out Longest Wind Rotor Almost Size of Soccer Field

Source: By Brian Parkin, Bloomberg • Posted: Monday, June 27th, 2016

The rotor is strong enough to carry 10 elephants, Kolding, Denmark-based LM said in an e-mailed statement on Thursday. It was requested by Adwen Offshore SL for its AD 8-180 turbine, which has capacity to produce 8 megawatts of power. A soccer field must be at least 100 meters, according to FIFA rules.

Large-scale Calif. project revived after being left for dead

Source: Scott Streater, E&E reporter • Posted: Monday, June 27th, 2016

A San Diego-based renewable energy company is attempting to revive a long-proposed utility-scale solar power project that appeared dead earlier this year after its Spain-based developer went bankrupt. EDF Renewable Energy Inc. has filed a new permit application with the Bureau of Land Management to build the Palen Solar Power Project on about 4,200 acres of federal land in Riverside County in Southern California.

Nebraska working to catch up on wind energy

Source: By Chinh Doan, KETV • Posted: Monday, June 27th, 2016

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.

Hawaii offshore wind projects get boost from Obama administration

Source: By James Prichard, Pacific Business News • Posted: Monday, June 27th, 2016

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.

Court delays fight over new power plant rule

Source: Robin Bravender, E&E reporter • Posted: Monday, June 27th, 2016

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.

Stanford Professor’s New Zero-Net Energy Home Sets the Standard for Green Living

Source: By Mark Z. Jacobson, Ecowatch • Posted: Friday, June 24th, 2016

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.”

Interior promotes leasing off Hawaii

Source: Emily Yehle, E&E reporter • Posted: Friday, June 24th, 2016

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.

Possible Wind Energy Line Coming to North Mississippi

Source: By KCBI • Posted: Friday, June 24th, 2016

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.

Montana’s New Energy Plan Focuses On Wind Power Potential

Source: by NAW Staff • Posted: Friday, June 24th, 2016

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.