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Costly power grid upgrade to boost renewables will test Maine's commitment

Maine's ambitious goal of cutting carbon out of its economy by the mid-21st century is facing a harsh reality: The network of wires and substations built to feed power from central generating stations to homes and businesses isn't up to the job of handling the two-way, intermittent flow of energy from solar and wind farms to electric vehicles, heat pumps and giant storage batteries.
28 Feb 2021

Energy regulatory bill criticized; County opposes state controlling rules over wind, solar

The Allen County commissioners Friday joined with those of more than 40 other Indiana counties in opposing a state bill regulating renewable energy. Commissioners said House Bill 1381, which would set standards for wind and solar installations, would place decisions about them at the state level instead of in the hands of local officials. The bill includes setback requirements, height restrictions and sound-level rules usually handled by local plan commissions and zoning boards and would replace a patchwork of local rules.
27 Feb 2021

Bats vs. 'batteries': Clean-energy project worries biologists

The old mine, in the Town of Moriah near the shores of Lake Champlain, is now one of the most important refuges for bats in North America. The Barton Hill hibernaculum, as it’s known, is a winter home to some 50,000 bats, including one of the largest populations of endangered Indiana bats outside of the Midwest. There are more bats in the mine than almost anywhere else in the Northeast. They may now all be in peril. Just down the hill, a developer is looking to reopen a pair of mines that closed in the 1970s to create a new hydroelectricity project.
27 Feb 2021

After 45 hours with no electricity, some top takeaways from the Texas blackouts

The first and most important point is this: We ignore the fragility of the electric grid at our peril. The Texas Blackouts are a stark reminder that the electric grid is our biggest, most important, and most complex network. Its strategic importance to our society cannot be overstated. The electric grid is the mother network, the network upon which all of our most-critical networks depend. We must pay more attention to its resilience and reliability.
26 Feb 2021

Falmouth will hire consultant to assist with wind turbine disposition

The Falmouth Select Board on Monday, February 22, approved hiring a consultant to assist with the creation of bid documents necessary for the disposition of the two wind turbines at the wastewater treatment plant site on Blacksmith Shop Road. Attorney Christopher W. Morog told the board that Massachusetts General Law allows for the dismantling and disposal of the turbines under one procurement.
26 Feb 2021

Renewables bill pits locals against state

A bill clearing the path for renewable energy in Indiana at the request of the businesses community has split both major parties and pitted local counties against the bill’s erosion of “home rule.” The bill sets standards for siting solar and wind farms but allows counties to permit and review the process. However, if a county denies a company that meets these standards, a company can appeal to the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission.
26 Feb 2021

Xcel plans to double its renewable energy generation by 2030. It’ll cost consumers $8 billion to do it.

The centerpiece of the plan is a dramatic increase in renewables and storage, adding approximately 5,600 MW of new capacity. This includes 2,300 MW of wind power, 1,600 MW of large-scale solar projects and 400 MW of battery storage. Another 1,300 MW of distributed solar, such as community solar gardens, would also be added.
25 Feb 2021

State Senators, Rep chastise SEC

New Hampshire State Senators Jeb Bradley, Bob Giuda and Ruth Ward, as well as Rep. Michael Vose sent a letter to the Site Evaluation Committee (SEC) on Jan. 29 pointing out that the Committee has been sidelining public complaints about noise the Antrim Wind Energy turbines make in the Antrim area.
20 Feb 2021

Vestas to centralize wind turbine production in Windsor, cut 450 jobs in Brighton, Pueblo

In a statement Wednesday morning, the company said it will repurpose its location in Brighton as a headquarters for the U.S. arm of its tooling business and cut production of turbine blades and nacelles at that location. That will result in at least 280 layoffs in Brighton, [plus] ...50 layoffs between Brighton’s nacelle factory and 120 at its tower factory in Pueblo.
17 Feb 2021

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