Texas hits new wind power milestone on Thursday

Source: By Jordan Blum, Fuel Fix • Posted: Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

The new record came the same day as the American Wind Energy Association reported Texas accounted for nearly half of the nation’s wind power growth in the third quarter of the year. Texas added 771 megawatts of wind generation in the third quarter and, nationwide, about 1,600 megawatts were put online. Texas now has about 16,400 megawatts of wind power, according to the AWEA, which is about 10,000 megawatts more than the second and third windiest states, California and Iowa.

Kansas Now Ranked Sixth In Nation For Total Wind Energy Capacity

Source: By SEAN SANDEFUR , KMUW • Posted: Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

The wind energy sector in Kansas has been busy over the last three months. According to the American Wind Energy Association, more than 200 megawatts worth of wind turbines came on-line in the third quarter of this year.

Western state regulators see region ‘ripe’ for collaboration

Source: Debra Kahn, E&E reporter • Posted: Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

California has also been pushing a more recent initiative to link its entire transmission system to other states. Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed a bill earlier this month, S.B. 350, that directs CAISO to study how a regional transmission market would affect the state and then potentially change its governance structure by 2019 to allow in more members with legislative approval. It also raises the state’s renewables portfolio standard to 50 percent by 2030, up from 33 percent by 2020

Court battles could drag into 2018

Source: Robin Bravender, E&E reporter • Posted: Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

The court fights over U.S. EPA’s plans to curb power plants’ greenhouse gas emissions officially kicked off Friday as opponents rushed to challenge the rule in a federal appeals court. The high-stakes legal brawl promises to include dozens of interested groups including states, industries, labor groups and environmentalists. And it’s almost certain to drag on for months or even years as the appeals court — and possibly the Supreme Court — decide the rule’s fate.

White House, congressional leaders near 2-year deal

Source: Daniel Bush, Hannah Northey and Manuel Quiñones, E&E reporters • Posted: Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

The White House and congressional leaders last night closed in on a broad, two-year budget deal that would increase domestic spending and raise the debt limit through March 2017.
The deal would lift budget caps and boost defense and non-defense spending for fiscal 2016 and 2017, ending years of budget wars between the Obama administration and GOP lawmakers in the House and Senate, and would hand outgoing Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) a victory as he prepares to leave Congress later this week.

Kochs among top donors to industry ally Ryan

Source: Manuel Quiñones, Geof Koss, Daniel Bush and Hannah Northey, E&E reporters • Posted: Monday, October 26th, 2015

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), now officially running for speaker of the House, is awash in energy industry donations, an indication of his policy views and allegiances. But observers on both sides of the aisle and in the lobbying world are watching whether the policy wonk on issues like entitlements and taxes will have a major impact on energy and environmental policy if, as expected, he succeeds Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) as speaker.

Paul Ryan taps GOP power broker David Hoppe for top job

Source: By Robert Costa, Washington Post • Posted: Monday, October 26th, 2015

Hoppe, a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, currently works as a senior policy adviser at Squire Patton Boggs and as a senior adviser to the Bipartisan Policy Center, a nonprofit think tank that counts former Democratic and Republican leaders as its founders. A K Street veteran, he previously worked at Quinn Gillespie & Associates and at Hoppe Strategies, his own firm.

Apple Cleaning Up Act in China With More Renewable Energy

Source: By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS • Posted: Monday, October 26th, 2015

Apple is cleaning up its manufacturing operations in China to reduce the air pollution caused by the factories that have assembled hundreds of millions of iPhones and iPads during the past eight years. The world’s most valuable company is working with its Chinese suppliers to eventually produce 2.2 gigawatts of solar power and other renewable energy.

Wind power industry catches another breeze

Source: Daniel Cusick, E&E reporter • Posted: Monday, October 26th, 2015

The U.S. wind power industry added 1,602 megawatts of new generation during the third quarter of 2015, nearly four times the amount of capacity added in the same quarter of 2014 and the second-highest third quarter since 2012. For the first nine months of 2015, U.S. wind energy capacity expanded by 3,596 MW, placing the industry on track to have its strongest growth year since 2012, according to newly published figures from the American Wind Energy Association.

States, industries launch legal assault

Source: Robin Bravender and Jean Chemnick, E&E reporters • Posted: Monday, October 26th, 2015

The legal onslaught against the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan kicked off Friday as 25 states, industry and labor groups challenged the rule in court. Friday’s formal publication of the U.S. EPA rule to curb power plants’ greenhouse gas emissions triggered a 60-day deadline for challenging the rule in court. A coalition led by West Virginia filed a petition challenging the rule on behalf of 24 states: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.