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Rise in renewable energy will require more use of fossil fuels

The power they produce can suddenly disappear when a cloud bank moves across the Mojave Desert or wind stops blowing through the Tehachapi Mountains. In just half an hour, a thousand megawatts of electricity can disappear and threaten stability of the grid. To avoid that calamity, fossil fuel plants have to be ready to generate electricity in mere seconds.
10 Dec 2012

Sen. Alexander: Double DOE research funding, end wind credit to grow revenues

Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said Congress should double the Energy Department's (DOE) research and development funding to generate breakthroughs that would reduce oil dependency and close the federal deficit. Alexander said he would pay for part of that $6 billion bump by eliminating a tax incentive for wind power production that he has long opposed.
4 Dec 2012

Rewiring California: Integrating Agendas For Energy Reform

Report214_final_complete_thumb This report by the California Milton Marks “Little Hoover” Commission, an independent state oversight agency, calls on State leaders to direct the state’s energy organizations to assess the cumulative impact of recent major energy-related policies on electricity rates and reliability and whether these policies are achieving California’s energy and environmental goals. An excerpt of the executive summary is provided below. The full report can be found by clicking on the links at the bottom of this page.
1 Dec 2012

Malloy's energy plan sparks controversy

The heating oil industry is not the only group unhappy with the plan. Advocates for greater adoption of renewable energy sources, such as Fight the Hike, also spoke out at the forums, claiming that the plan made too little mention of energy alternatives such as wind and solar power.
30 Nov 2012

Wind power creates market havoc, is unreliable and costly

The credit already has been extended by Congress five times. Now, Congress is considering whether to extend it one more year, at a cost to taxpayers of more than $12 billion. If so, the many will once again pay to benefit the politically connected few. ...Our government cannot subsidize its way to the long-term economic growth the country desperately needs. The math doesn't work, nor does the flawed logic that we should continue to pay billions to build wind turbines that fail to produce power when customers most need it.
22 Nov 2012

FERC initiates unprecedented enforcement action against Idaho PUC

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will seek to enforce an earlier order against the Idaho Public Utilities Commission over wind power projects near Murphy. The federal commission oversees electric and natural gas delivery policy. Its ruling says the Idaho commission violated federal law when it denied an appeal by developers for three Murphy Flat wind power projects.
21 Nov 2012

FERC initiates unprecedented enforcement action against Idaho PUC

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will seek to enforce an earlier order against the Idaho Public Utilities Commission over wind power projects near Murphy. The federal commission oversees electric and natural gas delivery policy. Its ruling says the Idaho commission violated federal law when it denied an appeal by developers for three Murphy Flat wind power projects.
21 Nov 2012

Missouri court upholds PSC's renewable energy rules

The law says the use of renewable energy cannot cause electric rates to rise more than 1 percent from what they would be otherwise. The rate cap provision in the rules was at the heart of the legal battle. The PSC rules require utilities to use a 10-year average when calculating the 1 percent rate impact to allow for higher upfront costs.
21 Nov 2012

Audit rips management of RG&E, NYSEG; Utility's Spanish owner battling state regulators over workforce levels, leadership

Top Iberdrola executives seemed largely ignorant of American regulatory requirements. Auditors said they must "adjust more to business culture here, as opposed to expect U.S. stakeholders to accommodate themselves to Spanish custom and practice." Top executives wouldn't answer auditors' questions, wouldn't allow board members to be interviewed and argued against disclosing information, making arguments that auditors described as "invalid" and "very peculiar."
19 Nov 2012

Wind-energy panel examines other states' procedures

The five commission members, whose report is due in April, are trying to keep their sessions inclusive of all forms of energy generation and focused on the Public Service Board process. But at the commission's first two meetings, the audience has been dominated by supporters and opponents of wind energy development.
15 Nov 2012

Alternative To Wind: VEC eyes geothermal energy

Hallquist said it just makes sense to focus on the real causes of Vermont's carbon production -- oil and gasoline -- than burn so much political energy battling over wind and solar energy. Both are much higher in cost than the market rates for electricity today, and both carry a high cost in dividing communities that would otherwise be supportive of a less-intrusive energy source like geothermal, Hallquist said.
14 Nov 2012

Aerial photos of giant Google-funded solar farm caught in green energy debate

Barbara Boyle, a senior representative at the Sierra Club's regional field office in Sacramento, says Ivanpah could have been located at any number of other locations where it would have had less impact on the environment and the tortoises that live there. Boyle says there are multiple areas in Southern California, including old dried-up agricultural lands and mining areas, that would have been more suitable.
14 Nov 2012

Aerial photos of giant Google-funded solar farm caught in green energy debate

Barbara Boyle, a senior representative at the Sierra Club's regional field office in Sacramento, says Ivanpah could have been located at any number of other locations where it would have had less impact on the environment and the tortoises that live there. Boyle says there are multiple areas in Southern California, including old dried-up agricultural lands and mining areas, that would have been more suitable.
14 Nov 2012

U.S. redraws world oil map: Shale boom puts America on track to surpass Saudi Arabia in production by 2020

Four years ago, the perception of energy scarcity and rising concern about global warming led Mr. Obama to push for legislation capping greenhouse-gas emissions and to pump billions of federal dollars into green-energy companies. ...In Mr. Obama's second term, Republican control of the House makes any big climate-change legislation unlikely, and budget deficits will limit any effort to spend billions more on green-energy projects.
13 Nov 2012

Wind warning

The economic inefficiency of subsidies compounds the electrical inefficiency of wind farms. The U.K. should end its 200-percent subsidies for offshore wind farms, too - and the U.S. should follow suit by ending its own wind-power boondoggles.
11 Nov 2012

https://www.windaction.org/posts?location=USA&p=72&topic=Energy+Policy
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