This article originally appeared on Hydroworld and was written by Gregory Pointdexter. The US$1.6 billion Northern Pass transmission line that could tap into 1,096 MW from Canada’s largest hydropower producer, HydroQuebec, was approved Dec. 7, by a 6-0 vote of New Hampshire’s Site Evaluation Committee [SEC]. Issues remain, but if a federal permit is
This article was originally published in Utility Dive on October 29, 2015 by Herman Trabish. Expansion of renewable resources and new gas generation under the Clean Power Plan is expected to require thousands of miles of new transmission infrastructure in the coming years, and increasingly utilities are getting in on the race to build it.
This article was originally published by the Casper Star Tribune on September 8, 2015 . The wind industry has a stiff breeze at its back. The cost of producing wind power is now competitive with coal and natural gas. Wind farms accounted for a third of total power installations nationwide since 2007. And, bolstered by President Barack
This article was originally published on September 2, 2015 on the AWEA Blog and written by Michael Googin 2014 saw record high wind output in the U.S., most notably when wind energy provided large amounts of extremely valuable power that helped keep the lights on during extreme cold in January 2014. However, the downside of
Originally published on Greentech Media, August 26 2015 Clean Line Energy believes it can develop long-distance high-voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission lines that will inexpensively move gigawatts of cheap wind (and solar) power — and still allow competitive pricing at the end of the line. There are wind projects in the Midwest that generate power at
This article was originally published in SLATE and written by Daniel Gross. One of the raps on big renewable energy projects, such as solar plants and wind farms, is that they rely on federal subsidies and tax credits to get off the ground. That’s obvious. Here’s something less obvious: Taxpayers may have subsidized the boom
If you had to choose one word to sum up EPA’s 1570-page Clean Power Plan (CPP) Final Rule, released on August 3rd, “interconnected” would be it. According to EPA, the key to cutting the carbon footprint of America’s electric system by almost one third over the next 15 years is the nation’s interconnected high voltage
Powering everything in America with renewable energy by 2050 – including transportation – is economically and technically feasible using existing and proven technologies, according to a new study by Mark Jacobson and colleagues at Stanford University. As scientific evidence grows that avoiding catastrophic climate change impacts might actually require the U.S. and other countries around