This article originally appeared on Bloomberg on February 9, 2016 and was written by Brian Eckhouse and Joe Ryan . There’s enough untapped wind howling across the vast plains of Oklahoma and Kansas to generate more electricity than a dozen nuclear power plants. What’s missing are transmission lines to ship it from spinning turbines to faraway homes and businesses.
This article originally appeared on Hydroworld and was written by Gregory Pointdexter. The US$1.6 billion Northern Pass transmission line that could tap into 1,096 MW from Canada’s largest hydropower producer, HydroQuebec, was approved Dec. 7, by a 6-0 vote of New Hampshire’s Site Evaluation Committee [SEC]. Issues remain, but if a federal permit is
On April 1st, Americans for a Clean Energy Grid (ACEG) will host its 10th Regional Clean Energy Summit in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The Southwest is a prime area for renewable energy development, with Arizona and New Mexico both ranked very highly in solar and wind potential. Pair that with relatively low demand, and the need
A new report from the American Council on Renewable Energy recently released a report entitled “Renewable Energy at Scale in the U.S. and Europe: Lessons Learned and Best Practices.” Authors from the German Embassy, IBM, U.S. Department of Energy, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, and the Energy Future Coalition provide insights on various policies,
Last month, the DC Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously ruled to uphold the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) Order 1000, which establishes rules for planning and sharing the costs of interstate electric transmission lines needed to connect large renewable resources in remote areas with consumers and businesses, and to make the grid more efficient and
Americans for a Clean Energy Grid’s Ben Springer and John Jimison recently wrote an article (excerpted below) for the National Electrical Manufacturers Association. The piece outlined the opportunities for expanding electricity transmission, and the political challenges standing in the way. The full article can be accessed here. The scientific community has reached consensus that greenhouse
The Great Plains contain some of the richest renewable energy resources in the country. States like Minnesota are beginning to tap into the clean, affordable wind energy in the region. Yet, there is the potential to include even more renewable energy on the grid. In order to realize this, though, significant investment is needed in
By Bill White On Friday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit issued a resounding endorsement of the value of high-voltage transmission needed to bring clean energy to millions of electricity customers. Their forcefully-worded decision barely made a ripple in the media, not even in the environment and energy trade press. But make