Posted on March 3, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
Playing politics with our future
By Bob Berwyn
FRISCO — Colorado won’t be lowering its 30 percent renewable energy target anytime soon, as lawmakers on a State House committee yesterday rejected a measure that would have cut the renewable energy standard from 30 percent to 15 percent. Continue reading
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Posted on February 5, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
U.S. lagging when it comes to ocean wind farms
Incentives needed to spur investment.
FRISCO — When it comes to offshore wind energy, the U.S. is still a midget compared to countries like Denmark or Germany. But that could change in the coming years with the lease of more than 350,000 acres of ocean off the coast of Massachusetts.
Building offshore wind turbines near densely populated areas is critical, and the new leases could help spur a boom in the U.S. The lease sale is the largest ever in federal waters, and federal officials say the area could generate up to two gigawatts of commercial offshore wind energy, Continue reading
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Posted on January 27, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
Energy infrastructure improvements are key to tapping renewable resources.
‘The SunZia transmission line will finally unlock New Mexico’s stranded wind and solar resources and move that energy to market’
FRISCO — A $2 billion, 550-mile transmission line project will bolster the U.S. energy grid’s capacity to use power generated from renewable sources in the Southwest, Obama administration leaders said as they announced approval for the SunZia Southwest Transmission Project.
The line will run from the proposed SunZia East Substation in Lincoln County, New Mexico, to the existing Pinal Central Substation in Pinal County, Arizona.
“The SunZia Project will help unlock the abundant renewable energy resources in the Southwest, creating jobs and bringing reliable, sustainable power to a growing corner of our country,” said Interior Secretary Sally Jewell. Continue reading
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Posted on January 12, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
Wave energy could help boost overall renewable energy supplies. bberwyn photo.
Wave energy seen as more reliable than some other renewable energy sources
FRISCO — Energy from ocean waves could fill a big gap in the renewable power grid because it is comparatively steady, dependable and can be integrated into the overall energy grid at lower costs than some other forms of alternative energy, including wind power.
By balancing wave energy production over a larger geographic area, the variability can be even further reduced, a group of researchers reported in the journal Renewable Energy. Continue reading
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Posted on January 10, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
Going solar …
Public lands energy projects could generate 14,ooo megawatts when completed
FRISCO — Republicans in Congress may be scheming to try and block the EPA’s proposed greenhouse gas emission rules, but there’s no stopping the renewable energy train.
Last month, the Department of Interior released environmental studies for three proposed utility-scale solar energy projects in the Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone in Clark County, Nevada that could generate 480 megawatts of electricity on 3,083 acres within the Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone. Continue reading
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Posted on January 6, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
Big fined levied for wind turbine eagle deaths.
Company failed to avoid risks to protected birds
FRISCO — A Portland, Oregon-based wind energy company operating in Wyoming will pay fines, restitution and community service totaling $2.5 million for the death of protected birds at wind turbine facilities in Carbon and Converse Counties. The two wind projects are comprised of 237 large wind turbines sited on private and company-owned land.
PacifiCorp Energy, a subsidiary of PacifiCorp, Oregon, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Wyoming to violating the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act. The company is also on a five-year probation and must implement an environmental compliance plan aimed at preventing bird deaths at the company’s four commercial wind projects in the state. Continue reading
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Posted on December 16, 2014 by Bob Berwyn
Independent journalism in western Colorado
Big issues at the climate talks in Lima, Peru.
By Bob Berwyn
FRISCO — If you primarily read this Summit Voice feed, which has been climate focused recently, you may have missed a few other recent stories I’ve done for the Colorado Independent. The past couple of weeks I’ve covered issues in western Colorado, including fossil fuel development, public lands protection and even the ski industry from time to time, including this week’s story about a Colorado Supreme Court case. Continue reading
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