The California Assembly Utilities and Energy Committee last week passed AB 56, paving the way for a new legislation that would create a mechanism for "procurement of electricity to meet the state's climate, clean energy, and reliability goals." The measure could potentially help the state maintain grid reliability while advancing its electricity goals.
One in every five wind turbines installed worldwide in 2018 came from Vestas, according to the Global Wind Energy Council. "2019 will be another busy year for Vestas where we execute our record-high order backlog and continue to invest in sustainable energy solutions that can increase the penetration of wind energy for the benefit of our customers, energy systems and planet," Vestas executive Morten Dyrholm says.
Falling costs and technological advances that make offshore wind feasible in deeper waters have made the energy source an attractive option for the US, says Vineyard Wind Chief Development Officer Erich Stephens. Vineyard recently secured a 20-year contract with the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities for its 800-megawatt project slated to come online in 2022.
The Nevada Senate advanced a bill that would increase the state's renewable portfolio standard to 50% by 2030 -- a move that could save ratepayers more than $192 million and infuse $1.5 billion into the economy, writes Natural Resources Defense Council Senior Scientist Dylan Sullivan. "Since 2009, the cost of solar and wind energy has dropped by 88 percent and 69 percent, respectively," he writes.
Wind energy is an amazing export opportunity for North Dakota, and the more the state produces, the more it can ship out, said North Dakotans for Comprehensive Energy Solutions Director Tammy Ibach at a Stutsman County Commission hearing on Tuesday. Stutsman County is in a position to take advantage of the industry as it doesn't have natural gas or goal, Ibach added.
A Union of Concerned Scientists infographic shows how wind and solar have skyrocketed in the US since 2001, accounting for more than 12% of the nation's energy mix as of April 2018, writes UCS Senior Energy Analyst John Rogers. People should celebrate wind and solar's upward climb and ability to combat climate change, yet continue to advocate their growth, he adds.
An updated version of a bill that would make it more difficult for transmission projects carrying wind energy to use eminent domain has garnered preliminary support in the Nebraska Legislature. It moved through the first round with a 40-1 vote.
A new moratorium on wind development in Tippecanoe County, Ind., violates landowners rights to make their own decisions over their property, writes Patrick Rund of Romney, Ind. "There has been a concerted effort by a group of 'NIMBYs' that has been successful at leading the county commissioners to a city-oriented way of thinking that totally ignores those of us who have land that would be very suitable for carbon-free energy production in a part of the county that is lightly populated," Rund writes.
A federal report says the National Nuclear Security Administration's plan to produce at least 80 plutonium pits per year between the Savannah River Site and Los Alamos National Laboratory by 2030 is feasible. A report detailing an alternative plan is expected later this month.
Rep. Mike Levin, D-Calif., said he would put forth legislation that changes the criteria for determining which nuclear waste will be moved into permanent storage first, once a site is established. Under Levin's legislation, nuclear waste closest to dense populations and earthquake hazards, among other factors, would be transported first.