Company wants to build huge solar array in Nevada desert

Source: By The Associated Press • Posted: Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

A California company says it intends to spend billions of dollars to build the largest solar power plant in the world on a sprawling 25-square-mile plot in the sun-baked Nevada desert about 225 miles northwest of Las Vegas. SolarReserve chief executive Kevin Smith outlined a plan Tuesday to create a 10-tower concentrated solar array dubbed Sandstone Energy X near the Nye County city of Tonopah.

California offshore renewables task force launched

Source: By Plamena Tisheva, SeeNews Renewables • Posted: Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the state of California on Thursday held the first meeting of the California Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Task Force in Sacramento. The task force will facilitate coordination between BOEM, local authorities and other federal agencies with respect to potential renewable energy leasing offshore California, BOEM said in a statement. It will also seek to identify areas that may be suitable for research or commercial renewable energy development. The creation of the task force was requested in May by California governor Jerry Brown.

Midwest states urged to update grid access rules ahead of growth

Source: Jeffrey Tomich, E&E reporter • Posted: Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

Interconnection standards lay out the process and a set of rules for a customer or solar developer that wants to connect a solar project or other distributed energy resource to a utility’s grid. Many Midwest states adopted interconnection standards a decade ago. But much has changed, including a dramatic reduction in solar costs and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s publication of small generator interconnection procedures in 2013.

SunEdison says it is under federal investigation

Source: Christa Marshall, E&E reporter • Posted: Monday, October 17th, 2016

The Securities and Exchange Commission is conducting a formal investigation of SunEdison Inc. after the solar giant filed for bankruptcy earlier this year. In a filing this week, SunEdison said it had received a subpoena “seeking production of certain emails and other electronic communications.” It also has received subpoenas from the Department of Justice “seeking information and documentation relating to various matters.”

Bill Clinton spreads optimism in Iowa

Source: By Mitch McAndrew, Daily Iowan • Posted: Monday, October 17th, 2016

Former President Bill Clinton on Thursday afternoon gave Iowa voters a message of optimism about the future under a president Hillary Clinton, saying the Hawkeye State was uniquely positioned for a bright outlook despite the “bleak” nature of the 2016 campaign He said there were three main reasons for Iowa’s promising future, but he only explained two of them before going off on the kind of anecdotal tangent he has become known for. His view of Iowa’s position came down to two points — soil and wind.

Meet Alaska’s renewable energy ‘imagineer’

Source: Geof Koss, E&E rep • Posted: Monday, October 17th, 2016

China Hot Springs is more than just a roadside attraction for tourists; it’s equal parts alternative energy laboratory, experiment in sustainability and all-ages classroom, as well as a full-time “imaginarium” for Bernie Karl, who along with his wife, Connie Parks-Karl, has owned and operated the resort since purchasing it from the state in 1998. At the time, the state was losing $1 million annually, in part because of reliance on diesel fuel to generate electricity. Karl wasted no time tapping the geothermal resources below ground, using an innovative technology to harness energy that was previously considered too cool to be a viable power source.

IEA to Lift Solar, Wind Outlook After Decade of Underestimates

Source: By Jessica Shankleman, Bloomberg • Posted: Monday, October 17th, 2016

The world’s most prominent energy forecaster will raise its outlook for wind and solar installations following a decade of underestimating growth in the renewables industry. The International Energy Agency, which was established as a watchdog of the industry in the wake of the 1973 oil crisis, will “significantly” raise its estimates for renewables when it publishes its annual mid-term market report for the industry at the end of this month, a spokesman for Paris-based organization said.

In Scotland, gusts of wind usher in a quiet energy revolution

Source: By Griff Witte, Washington Post • Posted: Monday, October 17th, 2016

The exceptional output brought the country membership in a small but growing club of nations proving that the vision of a world powered by renewable fuels is closer than many realize. Long derided as a fantasy, a day’s worth of energy harvested purely from the sun and the wind has lately become reality in nations such as Portugal, Denmark and Costa Rica. In those countries, and others, the gains in renewable production have come quickly and unexpectedly, offering a ray of hope amid dire predictions from scientists about the impact of carbon emissions on the planet

Nations, Fighting Powerful Refrigerant That Warms Planet, Reach Landmark Deal

Source: By CORAL DAVENPORT, New York Times • Posted: Monday, October 17th, 2016

Negotiators from more than 170 countries on Saturday reached a legally binding accord to counter climate change by cutting the worldwide use of a powerful planet-warming chemical used in air-conditioners and refrigerators. The talks in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda, have not drawn the same spotlight as the climate change accord forged in Paris last year. But the outcome could have an equal or even greater impact on efforts to slow the heating of the planet.

Ken Bone was right: Energy must be a priority for next president

Source: By Jonas Monast, Sarah Adair and Kate Konschnik, The Hill • Posted: Friday, October 14th, 2016

“What steps will your energy policy take to meet our energy needs, while at the same time remaining environmentally friendly and minimizing job loss for fossil power plant workers?” Like it or not, the next president will need an answer to this question, posed by audience member Ken Bone in the second presidential debate, in the early days of his or her administration.