Block Island eyes January repair

Source: By Renewable Energy News • Posted: Thursday, January 5th, 2017

Deepwater Wind expects technicians will start repairs in about a week on a damaged GE turbine at the 30MW Block Island offshore wind farm in Rhode Island. “While we are waiting for the repair work to begin in early January, we are now operating the turbine and expect to do so until the repairs start.”

China to plow $360 billion into renewable fuel by 2020

Source: By Meng Meng, Reuters • Posted: Thursday, January 5th, 2017

China will plow 2.5 trillion yuan ($361 billion) into renewable power generation by 2020, the country’s energy agency said on Thursday, as the world’s largest energy market continues to shift away from dirty coal power towards cleaner fuels. The investment will create over 13 million jobs in the sector, the National Energy Administration (NEA) said in a blueprint document that lays out its plan to develop the nation’s energy sector during the five-year 2016 to 2020 period

Clean Line withdraws in Iowa pending Illinois court decision

Source: By Ed Tibetts, Iowa Farmer Today • Posted: Thursday, January 5th, 2017

Clean Line officials said Dec. 22 the timing of the Illinois court case and a schedule set out by the Iowa Utilities Board led the company to the withdrawal. “Under the IUB’s timeline, we would have been required in January to identify specific parcels for eminent domain application in several counties, and we did not wish to do that at this point,” Clean Line Energy Vice President Hans Detweiler said in an email. “We prefer to get resolution of the Illinois approval first, and then revisit the Iowa process.”

Video: Here’s Why Solar Energy May Beat Out Coal in a Decade

Source: By Chris Martin, Bloomberg • Posted: Thursday, January 5th, 2017

Bloomberg’s Chris Martin reports on the declining cost in producing solar energy and his outlook for the coal industry. He speaks on “Bloomberg Technology.”

Renewable Energy – A Major Economic Engine for Rural America

Source: By 25x25 • Posted: Thursday, January 5th, 2017

Given the rather bleak economic forecasts coming out of USDA, it is important for policy makers to understand that any effort to scale back or thwart the continued growth of renewable energy production will only exacerbate these conditions and economically disadvantage a segment of the electorate that helped shape the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.

Electricity Prices in the U.S. Are Capping Their Worst Year Ever

Source: By Naureen Malik, Bloomberg • Posted: Thursday, January 5th, 2017

Electricity prices from Boston to Dallas sank to their lowest levels ever in 2016, presenting new challenges for generators more than a decade after the industry was deregulated. Power prices plunged this year as cheap natural gas cut fuel costs, and wind and solar alternatives came online. Consumers also used less electricity for the second straight year, despite a summer heat wave, amid an industrial slowdown and growing awareness among households and businesses of ways to boost energy efficiency, according to government estimates.

License issued for $1B Montana power storage project

Source: By MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press • Posted: Thursday, January 5th, 2017

The 50-year license from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission allows Absaroka Energy, of Bozeman, Montana, to construct and operate the project on a 177-acre site near the tiny town of Martinsdale, home to fewer than 100 people. The facility called the Gordon Butte Pumped Storage Project would use excess power produced by wind farms or other sources to pump water uphill to a 3,000-foot long reservoir, according to the license

Iowa’s new energy plan: More renewable energy, stronger power grid

Source: By Donnelle Eller, Des Moines Register • Posted: Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

Iowa’s new energy strategy envisions electric car-charging stations across the state, anaerobic digesters that turn animal waste to energy, and top state and federal researchers finding ways to store wind and solar energy. Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds released the broad energy report Wednesday that looks at Iowa’s energy needs over the next decade. It provided 45 recommendations ranging from modernizing the state’s electric power grid to improving state tax credits for solar energy.

Farmer turned lawyer helps make Iowa wind power go

Source: By Grant Rodgers, Des Moines Register • Posted: Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

Each wind turbine spinning on the Iowa skyline stands on reams of legal paperwork spelling out in fine detail the property rights of all those involved — from rural landowners to the developers involved in building the project. Before many of the approximately 3,700 turbines dotting Iowa’s fields and prairies went up, Des Moines real estate attorney Kathleen Law drafted those documents, sometimes working the phones to answer questions from farmers about the effects wind farms might have on their crops and livestock.

California, at Forefront of Climate Fight, Won’t Back Down to Trump

Source: By ADAM NAGOURNEY, New York Times • Posted: Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

“California can make a significant contribution to advancing the cause of dealing with climate change, irrespective of what goes on in Washington,” Mr. Brown said in an interview. “I wouldn’t underestimate California’s resolve if everything moves in this extreme climate denial direction. Yes, we will take action.”