Articles filed under Energy Policy

Steps taken to regulate wind energy projects

I read in the Norfolk paper recently that there is a lot of “myth and misinformation” about wind energy. The article was forwarded to me by one of wind energy’s strongest lobbyists in Nebraska. He argued that only a poorly informed “vocal minority” opposes wind energy, and the vast majority of citizens support it. Clearly this man hasn’t spent a lot of time talking to people in my legislative district. Whenever someone directs the argument away from the numerous problems created by wind energy, to instead a discussion about the relative size and importance of the opposition, it’s easy to see where that train of thought is headed.
12 Dec 2020

Another green subsidy bust: An Obama-era solar failure could cost taxpayers $510 million

The Crescent Dunes failure shows again what happens when government invests in commercial ventures beyond its expertise for political purposes. Scarce resources are misallocated and taxpayers lose. We wish we could say the politicians have learned from failure, but the Biden Administration is coming to town promising much more of the same.
12 Dec 2020

Unraveling tangled energy narrative requires critical thinking

Critical thinking about renewables needs to include the fact that all energy sources impact the environment, even renewables, he said. Tinker said that the massive amounts of wind turbines and solar panels needed to meet global energy demand would require extensive mining of the rare earths and minerals required to build the turbines and panels. And then, he said, there’s the amount of land needed to house the turbines and panels and then issues with their disposal after they cease to function.
5 Dec 2020

Developers in favor, residents against proposed uniform rules put forward by new renewable project siting office

Renewable energy project developers spoke in favor of the proposed regulations and residents involved in activities against particular renewable projects in their local areas expressed concerns with the uniform rules and standards, especially the potential of those standards to diminish the opportunity for local rule relating to renewable projects.
20 Nov 2020

More land restrictions for solar in Taiwan

“To give equal consideration to ecological and economic development and create a win-win situation, the important wild bird habitats should be excluded. Therefore, the land used for producing salt connected to highly ecologically disputed areas in Chiayi County and Tainan city ...shall no longer be provided for solar photovoltaic installations. Authorizations that have already been given ...will now be revoked. 
17 Nov 2020

Arizona regulators adopt new clean energy rules without renewable mandate

Prior to the final 4-1 vote, the regulators deleted a proposed mandate that the utilities get at least 50% of their power from renewable sources by 2035. The rules count power from APS’s Palo Verde nuclear plant as a carbon-free “clean energy” source and replace the state’s current renewable-energy standard, which requires utilities to get 15% of their power from renewables by 2025.
14 Nov 2020

Taiwan bans solar PV on salt flats in ecologically sensitive areas in Chiayi County and Tainan City

Taiwan_press_release_re_ban_of_solar_pv_on_certain_salt_flats_thumb Land used for producing salt connected to highly ecologically disputed areas in Chiayi County and Tainan City according to the investigation completed by the Institute shall no longer be provided for solar photovoltaic installations. The consent given for the provision of land is revoked and the deposit shall be refunded without interest. In addition, the national land that has been adopted by conservation groups also shall not be provided for solar photovoltaic installation. 
10 Nov 2020

Arizona regulators give tentative OK to new clean-energy rules

In amendments to a package of clean-energy rules still awaiting final approval, the commission also voted to require major utilities including Tucson Electric Power Co. and Arizona Public Service Co. to cut their carbon emissions in steps to 100% by 2050. The regulators during a virtual open meeting also approved a measure requiring the installation of energy-storage systems with an overall capacity of 5% of each utility’s peak demand by 2035, with 40% to be customer-owned or -leased systems.
30 Oct 2020

Thank you, Kansas governors, for the moratorium on wind development in tallgrass heartland

Sometimes it takes an outsider to appreciate what we here take for granted, to see what our eyes and our minds fail to grasp: the Flint Hills of Kansas are a national treasure. ...Gov. Kathleen Sebelius first promulgated such a moratorium in 2004, which was then continued and expanded by Gov. Sam Brownback. On July 28, 2020, Gov. Kelly issued her proclamation, thus continuing bipartisan protection of this endangered ecosystem.
17 Oct 2020

Zion Lights, former Extinction Rebellion spokesperson, has doubts about Boris Johnson's plan to make every home wind-powered by 2030

For all the invocations of harnessing our gusty shores in some ‘green revolution’, the proclamations do not stand up to scrutiny. Even if we cranked up wind power provision to the level the Prime Minister proposes (40 gigawatts), this amount would power only about half the homes in Britain - or 7 percent of the total national energy demand.
7 Oct 2020

Boris Johnson’s plan to expand wind power welcomed, but 'funding doesn't match rhetoric'

But he warned: “It won’t be straightforward. The key challenge is to bring down the cost of future floating farms which are a very long distance from the coast – that’s where most of the untapped wind resource is and that is the one technology which is not yet mature enough, so that would need to be accelerated to meet this challenge.
6 Oct 2020

Trump’s offshore oil ban to halt coastal wind farms too

At issue are recent Trump memos ruling out new oil and gas leasing along Florida, Georgia and South and North Carolina from July 1, 2022 until June 30, 2032, issued after some Republicans pressed for a drilling ban and as the president courts voters concerned about the environment. On Friday, Trump said he would expand the offshore energy moratorium to include Virginia, though he has not yet issued a directive encompassing the territory.
28 Sep 2020

House backs bill to boost ‘clean energy,’ enhance efficiency

“Don’t be fooled by its name — this bill has little to do with innovation and everything to do with House Democrats’ embrace of their high-cost Green New Deal,” Republican Reps. Greg Walden of Oregon, Rob Bishop of Utah and Frank Lucas of Oklahoma said in a joint statement. Walden is the top Republican on the Energy and Commerce panel, while Bishop leads the GOP on Natural Resources and Lucas is the top Republican on the House Science panel.
24 Sep 2020

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