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Alaska Increases Wind Power Capacity in Utility - and Distributed-Scale Projects

September 2, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Alaska and New Energy

Although wind power provided less than 3% of Alaska's electric power generation in 2014, Alaska's wind power capacity has increased 20-fold between 2007 and 2014, growing from 3 megawatts (MW) to 60 MW. This increase is notable in light of the challenges of installing and connecting large wind generators.[read more]

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Nuclear Retirements Would Sabotage Clean Power Plan Carbon Reductions

September 1, 2015 by Jesse Jenkins
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Nuclear power and the EPA Clean Power Plan

The EPA believes it’s new regulations will cut carbon emissions 32% by 2030. Reaching that goal depends on nuclear continuing to supply one-fifth of U.S. electricity. Retirements of existing reactors could sabotage the Clean Power Plan's emissions goals—and the EPA can't stop it. Here's why...[read more]

3 Months to Paris: Why the Inevitable Disappointment in the Paris Round is a Sign of a Maturing GHG Management Landscape

September 1, 2015 by Dan Zilnik
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The environmental community is sure to be disappointed by the Paris UN Climate Convention. The headlines after the November/ December 2015 UN Climate Convention in Paris are sure to be identical to the headlines for the last 15 years: “climate activists disappointed," etc.[read more]

Domestic Market for Distributed Wind Turbines Faces Several Challenges

August 28, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Wind Turbine Market Challenges

Last year's installations of mid-size and small wind turbines were the lowest in a decade. Relatively low electricity prices, competition from other distributed energy sources, and relatively high permitting and other nonmaterial costs have presented challenges to the distributed wind market in the United States.[read more]

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Crowdfunders Threaten the Cozy World of Largescale Renewable Energy Provision

August 21, 2015 by Aedan Kernan
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A bid to crowdfund a 350 MW offshore wind project in Denmark looked likely to provide the ‘usual suspects’ with some stiff competition, that is, until the moment when the Danish government blocked it. Now, the crowdfunders are starting to fight back.[read more]

Texas Transmission Line Upgrades Slash Wind Curtailment

August 17, 2015 by Clayton Handleman

Texas and Wind Energy

During the period from 2009 to 2014 Texas wind generation increased by nearly 100%. During the same period, curtailment was slashed from 17% to 0.5%. This was made possible through grid upgrades in the Competitive Renewable Energy Zones.[read more]

First Offshore Wind Farm in the United States Begins Construction

August 14, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy
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United States Offshore Wind

In July, American offshore wind developer, Deepwater Wind, installed the first foundation for what is expected to be the first offshore wind farm in the United States. The project will be located three miles southeast of Block Island, Rhode Island.[read more]

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Can Market Fixes Overcome the Declining Value of Wind and Solar at High Market Shares?

August 13, 2015 by Jesse Jenkins
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Electricity Markets and Renewable Energy

Ben Paulos says wind and solar energy "blow up" energy markets when they reach high market shares. But is this really a problem? Let's revisit the declining value of wind and solar at high penetration levels...[read more]

Europe Launches Offshore Wind Power Bonanza

August 10, 2015 by Katherine Tweed
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Europe and Wind

Nearly 130 gigawatts of installed wind power accounted for more than 8 percent of Europe’s electricity demand in 2014. That figure might not seem particularly large, especially since renewable energy accounted for 78 percent of Germany’s power consumption one afternoon in late July.[read more]

New NREL Data Suggests Wind Could Replace Coal as Nation’s Primary Generation Source

August 4, 2015 by Clayton Handleman
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The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recently released data showing that the Capacity Factor (CF) for wind power can reach 65% which is comparable to that of fossil fuel based generation. While the headlines aren’t as sexy as Tesla's 'Ludicrous mode,' the transformative implications for climate change dwarf Elon Musk's latest accomplishment.[read more]

Hillary Clinton Is Right on Climate Change and the New York Times Is Wrong

August 4, 2015 by Steven Cohen
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Last week, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton detailed her positions on energy and climate change, setting the goal of generating 33 percent of America's electricity from renewable sources by 2027. While I believe we can do better than that, her goal would create momentum.[read more]

Trending Topics: Electricity Grid Integration in the West

July 28, 2015 by America's Power Plan
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Grid Integration in the West

The key barrier to the integration of renewables in the West is insufficient regional coordination. In order to develop a bulk electric grid that will be resilient, how the system is planned and operated and the means by which entities are compensated for the services they provide will need to evolve.[read more]

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Seeking Consensus on the Externalized Costs of Energy: Methodology

July 27, 2015 by Schalk Cloete
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Seeking Consensus on External Costs

The next chapter of the Seeking Consensus project will evaluate externalized costs of a variety different energy options. This article details and explains the methodology that will be used in estimating these costs.[read more]

Renewable Energy Delivers 70% of New Generating Capacity in First Half of 2015

July 27, 2015 by Tom Schueneman
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New Generating Capacity

According to the recently released Energy Infrastructure Update from the Office of Energy Projects at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), renewable energy sources accounted for 69.75 percent of new electrical generation placed into service in the first six months of 2015.[read more]

Renewable Tax Extenders Package Set To Emerge From Finance Committee

July 21, 2015 by Merrill Kramer
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Taxes and Renewables

Renewable energy is back on the docket for the Senate Finance Committee, and Chairman Orrin Hatch is likely to release the draft of his bill soon. The Committee is considering a two-year extender for tax incentives for new wind, geothermal, biomass, landfill gas and ocean energy projects during a markup.[read more]