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.
Industry praises bipartisan Governors’ Wind and Solar Energy Coalition for seeking U.S. agencies’ help to site wind projects
The Governors’ Wind & Solar Energy Coalition, representing 20 states from California to Virginia, has led for a decade on policies to increase wind energy around the country. This morning the coalition sent a letter to President Obama from Iowa’s Terry Branstad, Chair of the Coalition, and governor of a state that gets over 31 percent of its electricity from wind; and Rhode Island’s Gina Raimondo, Vice Chair, and governor of the state with the first U.S. offshore wind farm. They wrote:
More than 30,000 Nevada electric power customers who installed rooftop solar panels on their homes and businesses before this year will continue to receive retail-rate compensation under Nevada’s net metering program, state regulators determined Friday.
Mrs. Clinton has said that if she is elected president, her administration will seek to spend $250 billion over five years on repairing and improving the nation’s infrastructure — not just ports but roads, bridges, energy systems and high-speed broadband — and would put an additional $25 billion toward a national infrastructure bank to spur related business investments. Mr. Trump said he wanted to go even bigger, saying his administration would spend at least twice as much as Mrs. Clinton. Mr. Trump, taking a page from liberal economists, said he would fund his plan by borrowing several hundred billion dollars, but has offered no specifics. Mrs. Clinton’s more detailed proposal, by contrast, would be paid for by a business tax overhaul aimed at collecting additional revenue from companies that have parked assets abroad.
Congress will try this week to hammer out an agreement on short-term spending that would allow lawmakers to head home to campaign for re-election by week’s end. The Senate is set to vote at 5:30 this evening on a procedural motion to call up the stopgap legislation, also known as a continuing resolution. A vote had been set for last week but was scrapped to give lawmakers more time to reach a deal.
Washington state regulators last week adopted a climate change measure unlike any other in the country. The Clean Air Rule is intended to reduce the state’s emissions to 1990 levels by the end of the decade and 25 percent below that by 2035. Rather than one economywide carbon cap, the rule subjects the state’s 24 largest emitters to individual caps that decline by 5 percent every three years.
The Obama administration’s plan for managing renewable energy development in California’s desert clashes with the state’s aggressive goals for limiting climate change, wind and solar groups warned yesterday. The organizations jointly criticized the plan, saying it would “significantly and permanently limit solar and wind energy development” on federal property.