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Renewable energy jobs in UK plunge by a third

Prospect, the union which covers much of the sector, has found a 30% drop in renewable energy jobs between 2014 and 2017, as government cuts to incentives and support schemes started to bite. It also found investment in renewables in the UK more than halved between 2015 and 2017.
30 May 2019

No, we shouldn't pump desert groundwater near Joshua Tree to help store electricity

For years developers have tried to figure out how to repurpose Kaiser Steel’s former open-pit iron mine at Eagle Mountain in Riverside County. One idea: Use it as a massive landfill, a proposal that fortunately never came to fruition. The current owners of the site now want to convert it into an immense, $2.5-billion hydroelectric battery, using daytime power to pump water from a lower-elevation pit to a pit 1,400 feet farther up the mountain, then running the water downhill at night through turbines to create energy.
30 May 2019

Cuming County Board Tables Vote On Wind Turbine

The Cuming County Board of  Supervisors voted 6 to 1 Wednesday to table a decision on  Bluestem Energy Solution’s application for a conditional use permit for a single wind turbine to be built in the county.  Steven Meister was the lone vote not to table a decision.  Board members want more time to gather information. No timeline was given.
30 May 2019

Ohio House passes bill to bail out nuclear plants, gut green-energy mandates

Legislation to gut Ohio’s green-energy mandates and set up customer-funded subsidies to nuclear and coal power plants passed the Ohio House on Wednesday, thanks to key support from several House Democrats. The 53-43 vote on House Bill 6 came after yet another series of last-minute changes to the controversial bill that would allow subsidies to already-approved solar plants, limit property tax devaluation on the nuclear plants, and cap nuclear subsidies if electricity prices increase.
30 May 2019

Maine Voices: Proposal to revive offshore wind project does not pass the smell test

Maine Title 35-A details the mission of the PUC: “The basic purpose of this regulatory system as it applies to public utilities subject to service regulation under this Title is to ensure safe, reasonable and adequate service, to assist in minimizing the cost of energy available to the State’s consumers and to ensure that the rates of public utilities subject to rate regulation are just and reasonable to customers and public utilities.” Without answering the PUC’s questions (for example, where is the cable going to land?), how can the PUC judge if the rate that would be imposed by this legislation is not abusive to consumers?
29 May 2019

Proposed wind farm clears another hurdle

Although the three commission members all voted to approve the agreement, they each acknowledged the risks associated with the wind farm and the uncertainties surrounding the benefits to electric customers. If the price of certificates representing the environmental benefits of renewable energy fails to increase as projected, then the contract could cost consumers in the long run, said commissioner Abigail Anthony. Additionally, much of the savings are expected to come on windy winter days when the wind farm is expected to displace more expensive oil generators or natural gas-burning plants that may charge a premium. If those savings are lower, the net benefits may be too, Anthony said.
29 May 2019

Local anti-wind group travels to Statehouse to rally for HB 6

“A great frustration of mine is when those outside of the community are trying to tell us how to run our counties,” Reineke said in the release. “This amendment supplements the current setback law by bringing the final decision regarding a wind farm project to the local township level.” In the release, Reineke said he has received constituent emails and calls that “come into my office repeatedly” about local control. Among the concerns reported, he said.
29 May 2019

Environmentalist challenges construction of grid connection to wind farm

Mr Sweetman is seeking an order quashing a decision of An Bord Pleanala in December 2018 that the construction of the connections servicing a windfarm development located at Ballycumber, Tinahealy, Co Wicklow was exempted development. The central issue concerns his the claim that the works undertaken for the purpose of connecting the Ballycumber Wind Farm to the national electricity grid should have been subject to an environmental impact assessment.
27 May 2019

Lighthouse board turns down wind monitor plan

For nearly 200 years, the Dunkirk Lighthouse has protected Lake Erie, and last week, board members continued to protect this valuable asset and its surrounding community. In an overwhelming majority, members voted against the installation of a wind monitoring station on the lighthouse’s property, a proposal that was introduced by a representative from Diamond Offshore Wind at the board meeting on May 15.
27 May 2019

Wind power at the expense of nature?

Press_release_on_red_kite_kills_weiler_wind_farm_thumb This press released by nature & ëmwelt a.s.b.l. responds to the repeated killing of red kites at the Weiler wind energy facility located in Luxembourg. The facility consists of seven Siemens SWT-3.0-113 turbines (21 MW) that were commissioned in 2016. nature & ëmwelt a.s.b.l. calls for the immediate shutdown of this facility during the breeding season from mid-March to mid-August.
24 May 2019

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