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 November 30, 2014 by Bob Berwyn
Going solar …
Matched solar and wind systems could ensure steady supply of renewable energy
FRISCO — Smart grid planning and better energy storage could significantly boost the use of renewable energy in the U.S. according to a new report that calls for developing “hybrid” systems in which, on a broad geographic scale, one form of renewable energy is ramping up even while the other is declining.
Historically, a major drawback to the use and cost-effectiveness of alternative energy systems has been that they are too variable – if the wind doesn’t blow or the sun doesn’t shine, a completely different energy system has to be available to pick up the slack. Continue reading
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Posted on November 22, 2014 by Bob Berwyn
A map from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory shows areas with the potential for windpower and the associated transmission grid.
Sioux Nation wants to focus on renewable energy, not dirty tar sands oil
FRISCO — Just a few days after responding angrily to the U.S. House vote to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline, Sioux Nation Native American leaders met with the Obama administration to explore renewable energy options.
The meeting included representatives from more than eight federal agencies and offices, including representatives from the Departments of Agriculture, Interior, Treasury, and Tribal Relations. Continue reading
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Posted on October 25, 2014 by Bob Berwyn
New database to help assess impacts of planned dams
FRISCO — An emergent global hydropower boom will help meet the demand for low-carbon energy, but also poses environmental risks, according to experts compiling a new data base on global hydropower.
The boom is expected to double production of hydropower, but could also reduce the number of our last remaining large free-flowing rivers by about 20 percent and pose a serious threat to freshwater biodiversity.
A new database has been developed to support decision making on sustainable modes of electricity production. An unprecedented number of dams for electricity production is currently under construction or planned worldwide, mainly in developing countries and emerging economies in South America, Southeast Asia and Africa, that also hold some of the world’s most important sites for freshwater biodiversity. Continue reading
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