User: flenvcenter Topic: Energy-Regional
Category: Renewable Energy :: General
Last updated: May 29 2016 14:13 IST RSS 2.0
 
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Harnessing the sun 29.5.2016 Steamboat Pilot
From a hillside along Moffat County Road 177 in Craig, it is clear who the big energy player is in the region. In 2015, 2.1 million tons of coal were recovered from the Trapper Mine, where a dragline could be seen removing dirt from the underlying coal seam. At the $1.2 billion Craig Station power plant, sitting on 1,120 acres, the capacity exists to produce 1,303 megawatts of power at any time. That is enough to power more than 200,000 homes. The two operations dwarf what lies between them at the community solar garden — a 577-kilowatt system that sits on four acres. Given how much land the solar garden uses, it would need to be 9,033 acres to produce as much power as the neighboring power plant. “That hillside is only going to produce so much (coal),” Yampa Valley Electric Association foreman John Cromer said while walking through the solar garden. “We have a lot to gain by being a part of a facility like this.” It is evident that some residents do not like the idea of green energy being produced in ...
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Utah activists say 'evil' state is standing in the way of clean power 25.5.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Utah is well-positioned to begin a conversation about how best to transition from fossil fuels to clean energy, but the state’s “evil” leaders are standing in the way, activists said Tuesday. The environmentalists gathered at a demonstration organized by HEAL Utah just before the opening session of the Governor’s Utah Energy Development Summit — a conference, they complained, caters to a handful of choice companies and fossil fuel interests and has only token representatives from the clean energ... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Op-ed: Why a regional power market is good for Utah 22.5.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
We all like to save money and can agree that Utahns deserve clean, reliable and affordable electricity. Living in the West, we are fortunate to enjoy abundant renewable resources like wind and solar that are already being used to power our homes and businesses at increasingly lower costs. Wider use of these energy sources is good for consumers, our economy and our air quality. The good news is that Utahns can reap even more of these benefits if we take advantage of a new opportunity to participa...
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Companies propose Hawaii deep-water wind farms 17.5.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Honolulu • Massive wind turbines could end up floating in deep ocean waters off Hawaii’s shores under proposals to bring more renewable energy to the islands. Two companies have proposed offshore wind turbine projects for federal waters off Oahu as Hawaii pushes to meet its aggressive renewable energy goals. Their plans would use technology that floats the tall turbines in deep waters miles offshore. The proposals are in the early stages and would face years of environmental reviews and communit... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Companies propose deep-water wind farms off Hawaii shores 17.5.2016 Denver Post: Business
HONOLULU — As Hawaii pushes to meet its aggressive renewable energy goals, two companies have proposed offshore wind turbine projects for federal waters off ...
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Albuquerque weighs getting more solar power 17.5.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Albuquerque • New Mexico’s largest city could be joining dozens of other communities that have set goals to get more of their electricity from renewable resources in the coming years, a movement that has swept cities from the U.S. and Canada to Germany. The Albuquerque City Council will consider a resolution at Monday evening’s meeting that calls for getting at least 25 percent of the electricity used by city facilities from solar by 2025. The proposal highlights the city’s lofty ranking for ove...
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Can the feds save birds by allowing more to be killed? 16.5.2016 High Country News Most Recent
Fish and Wildlife Service hopes proposal will entice energy developers to obtain permits for eagle deaths.
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Caution, acrophobes: fastest-growing U.S. job not for you 15.5.2016 Headlines: All Headlines
Sean Fritzler snapped his 13-pound climbing harness onto a metal cable and clambered 260 rungs up four ladders to the top of a wind turbine as tall as the observation deck on the Statue of
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Obstacles remain when going solar 15.5.2016 Durango Herald
Southwest Colorado is bathed in sunshine, boasting more than 300 days of it per year and ranking near the top for photovoltaic solar potential. But when it comes to solar power generation in La Plata County, the sky is not the limit.As is the case across the country, several obstacles prevent solar energy from shining as brightly as it...
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Nanda: Giant steps toward energy justice 14.5.2016 Denver Post: Opinion
The first solar airplane attempting a round-the-world solar flight, Solar Impulse II, made the three-day leg from Honolulu to San Francisco in late April.
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Hundreds swarm BLM auction in Lakewood to protest oil, gas drilling 13.5.2016 Denver Post: News: Local
Hundreds of Leave It In The Ground demonstrators demanding a tougher response to climate change swarmed a federal public lands auction Thursday and set up a blockade to try to stop new oil and gas ...
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Rocky Mountain Power wants to sign Utah on to a multistate power grid that some fear could make California king 11.5.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Rocky Mountain Power believes it has finally found a way to get Utah customers the cheap renewable energy they’ve been asking for, but local leaders are concerned that the deal would give California authority over Utah and 10 other western states. The utility is exploring the creation of a regional grid management system that would redistribute electricity in 11 western U.S. states, a deal that Rocky Mountain Power says would lower customers’ costs and give them greater access to renewable energ... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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EPA chief: U.S. quickly phasing out coal for clean energy 7.5.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Washington • The top official at the Environmental Protection Agency says the ongoing legal fight over regulating carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants is not delaying the nation’s accelerating shift to cleaner sources of energy. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy spoke Friday at an international conference, Climate Action 2016, in Washington. She expressed confidence the United States will meet its obligations under the landmark climate treaty signed in Paris last December. More than two d...
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AP FACT CHECK: Trump's vow to create Appalachian coal jobs 6.5.2016 Denver Post: National News Headlines
DALLAS (AP) — Donald Trump says he would bring back lost coal-mining jobs, and he is positioning for the November election in big coal states by portraying Hillary Clinton as a job killer.
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GOP states benefiting from shift to wind and solar energy 6.5.2016 Headlines: All Headlines
If there's a War on Coal, it's increasingly clear which side is winning.Wind turbines and solar panels accounted for more than two-thirds of all new electric generation capacity added to the
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Shift to wind, solar energy benefits GOP states 6.5.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Washington • If there’s a War on Coal, it’s increasingly clear which side is winning. Wind turbines and solar panels accounted for more than two-thirds of all new electric generation capacity added to the nation’s grid in 2015, according to a recent analysis by the U.S. Department of Energy. The remaining third was largely new power plants fueled by natural gas, which has become cheap and plentiful as a result of hydraulic fracturing. It was the second straight year U.S. investment in renewable ...
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AP FACT CHECK: Bringing coal jobs back to Appalachia 5.5.2016 Denver Post: All Political News
DALLAS (AP) — Donald Trump says he would bring back lost coal-mining jobs, and he is positioning for the November election in big coal states by portraying Hillary Clinton as a job killer.
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New renewable energy projects may find opportunity in old transmission lines 29.4.2016 High Country News Most Recent
A Montana wind energy project plans to make use of existing infrastructure built for coal.
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Solar gardens grow slowly out West 25.4.2016 High Country News Most Recent
Legislative barriers to more widespread community solar remain, although some states are taking action.
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Bloomberg: U.S. will meet Paris climate goals 22.4.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
As world leaders gather Friday in New York to sign the Paris Agreement on climate change, some have expressed concern that the U.S. Supreme Court has put the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan on hold. Their concern is understandable, but it’s important to recognize: The federal government is not the primary force in the U.S. fight against climate change, and even if the court ultimately strikes down certain parts of the plan, the U.S. will meet and probably exceed its commitment to reduce ...
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