Articles filed under Energy Policy

State gives renewable energy developers a blank check in site selection

A 2020 state law stripped local control from the site selection process, in effect giving renewable energy developers a blank check regarding site location. From Queens to Grand Island, local control has played a role in Amazon’s site selection, but the state has decided that for renewable energy local input is irrelevant. If this seems like a staggeringly incongruous application of land use strategy, you’re right.
11 Mar 2021

Wind power was thriving in Texas. Then came the freeze

If nothing is done to unwind the power prices, they wrote, at least 46 projects totaling nine gigawatts of capacity “would suffer severe financial losses.” There are 31.9 gigawatts of wind power on the main Texas grid, and half or more were financed with hedged contracts, according to market observers.
4 Mar 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

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

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

The day Europe’s power grid came close to a massive blackout

Large amounts of intermittent electricity create huge swings in supply which the grid has to be able to cope with. The issue isn’t confined to Europe. Australia has had teething problems in the transition to a cleaner network. Wind power was blamed for a blackout in 2016 that cut supply to 850,000 homes. The nation is looking to storage as a solution and was the first country to install a 100 megawatt megabattery in 2017.
27 Jan 2021

Defeat Indiana House Bill 1381!

Indiana has a policy of home rule that grants counties, cites, and towns "all the powers that they need for the effective operation of government as to local affairs." (IC 36-1-3-2) ... Wind companies are doing an end-around, quietly hoping you don't notice.  HB 1381 would remove the home rule. The bill has not become law yet, but we need to shine the light on this insidious power grab.  Learn how you can help.  
27 Jan 2021

Borrello argues against freshwater wind turbines

“Lake Erie alone is the source of drinking water for more than 11 million people. … So those of you that are in suppoprt of this, I commend you and I also ask you to stand with us as we push back against this deadly and dangerous push to put industrial wind turbines in our freshwater lakes, which by the way is not done anywhere else in the world. I do not want to be the guinea pig for something that could be disastrous and have a disastrous impact on so many New Yorkers.”
25 Jan 2021

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker vetoes climate bill that sets carbon emissions targets ahead of 2050

In a letter to lawmakers, Baker said he vetoed the bill in part because it would slow housing production, running contrary to the goals of the “housing choice” proposal within the economic development bill he signed into law Thursday. He also said the bill lacked tools local and state officials need to protect cities and towns against present-day natural disasters that can be traced back to climate change.
14 Jan 2021

CFE admits falsifying document but maintains green energy caused blackout

CFE chief Manuel Bartlett dismissed the document falsification matter as a minor issue and charged that the real problem at hand was that the previous federal government granted an excessive number of permits to renewable energy companies. As a result such energy is concentrated in some parts of the national grid and causes “imbalances,” he said. Bartlett said the government’s position of halting the connection of new renewable energy projects to the national system will be maintained and railed against an arrangement that allows private and renewable energy firms to avoid paying for the use of CFE transmission lines.
6 Jan 2021

As US moves to renewable energy, wind turbines from Xinjiang may get caught in political tempest

On one hand, the Las Lomas wind site is an example of US, Chinese and European companies taking action together ...On the other, they are companies whose supply chains run through a part of China where there has been widespread international condemnation, ...human rights violations reported to be taking place there. "If someone is coming to me and saying, 'I'm importing something from this region', I'm telling them, you should review your supply chain and assess potential risks.
30 Dec 2020

Electricity commission blames wildfire, renewable energy for Monday’s power outage

A CFE official offered that the system’s failure was a result of indiscriminate granting of permits to wind and solar energy producers. In addition, said Mario Morales Vielmas, the government’s efforts to stabilize the electrical network had been thwarted by the judicial system’s rulings against a new energy policy that was intended to give the government more control over the network.
30 Dec 2020

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