Articles filed under Energy Policy

Sierra Club abandons environment to push industrial wind and solar

The Sierra Club’s founder, John Muir, founded the group in 1892 to help protect the environment. Muir must be rolling over in his grave at the current Sierra Club’s diversion away from the group’s intended mission. The Sierra Club’s support of industrializing vast swaths of land with industrial wind sprawl is directly opposed to their Mission Statement “to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment.” 
10 Mar 2019

Wind and solar plants hit by massive de-ratings in congested grid

Owners of wind and solar farms in Australia’s main National Electricity Market are being warned that they face another significant de-rating of their output as a result of the increasingly congested grid. ...Under the draft calculations for 2019/20, some wind and solar projects have been significantly derated, and face losses of output of 20 percent or more, undermining their economic viability.
9 Mar 2019

Why renewables can’t save the planet

I think it’s natural that those of us who became active on climate change gravitated toward renewables. They seemed like a way to harmonize human society with the natural world. ...But it’s high time that those of us who appointed ourselves Earth’s guardians should take a second look at the science. Now that we know that renewables can’t save the planet, are we really going to stand by and let them destroy it?
27 Feb 2019

Turbine shutdowns in polar vortex stoke Midwest debate

By the evening of Jan. 30, there was less than 550 MW on the MISO North grid, supplying just 2.5 percent of the region's power. The temperature, which had bottomed out an hour earlier, had fallen to minus 21 F with a minus 31 F wind chill. That dip in wind output during last month's deep freeze is now fueling debate about the nation's embrace of renewable energy. The polar vortex arrived as calls grew on the left for a "Green New Deal" to transition to renewables and tackle the threat of climate change.
27 Feb 2019

Sandhills-related eminent domain bill narrowly defeated

It was heart-wrenching for Brewer, he said, to see the Sandhills residents in the balcony, who were there for probably the fifth time on the issue, watch as senators who were elected to represent their districts be unwilling to listen to the debate. And then walk in at the end and not vote, or vote against it. "It really doesn't leave a very good taste in their mouth about what this unicameral's all about," he said. 
27 Feb 2019

Ukraine’s green tariff attracts investors, yet hurts economy

In 2015, Ukraine adopted the ambitious goal of producing 25 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2035. The green tariff, which is higher than in any other European country, was meant to attract investors into the sector to help achieve the government’s goal. However, the increase in energy output from renewable sources has mainly been beneficial for large players. The benefits also are financially unsustainable for the country in the long run, as the price at which the government buys renewable energy is pegged to above-market prices.
24 Feb 2019

Germany awards 476 megawatts in latest undersubscribed onshore wind auction

“This is now the 3rd German onshore wind auction in a row that’s been under-subscribed,” explained WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson. “It’s clear the permitting process is not fit for purpose. It’s taking longer and longer to get a permit. The Bundesländer are reluctant to identify new locations for wind farms. And even if wind farms do get a permit, many then get caught up in legal disputes, which is pushing up costs.
21 Feb 2019

FERC reasserts authority over PG&E contracts in bankruptcy court filing

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission last week reasserted jurisdiction over power contracts held by California utility Pacific Gas and Electric ...PG&E last month asked a federal bankruptcy court to prevent FERC from enforcing the terms of more than 380 power purchase agreements (PPAs) that it may want to exit as part of a Chapter 11 proceeding. FERC argued Friday it must separately win approval from the agency to alter the contract terms.
19 Feb 2019

The legislature’s failing grade on wind farms

Financial decommissioning safeguards, if in place, would have a considerable effect on the interest of local landowners, farmers, ranchers and neighbors in proposed wind farms. It is a common response to a proposed wind farm for a landowner to say, 'Oh yes they will be here today – but gone tomorrow.' If 'tomorrow' comes don't landowners, farmers, ranchers and the neighbors of a wind farm have a right to the proper and complete process of decommissioning?
18 Feb 2019

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