IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Utilities Board has dealt another procedural setback to a company proposing a $2 billion transmission line to ship Iowa wind energy to customers in Illinois.
The board voted 3-0 on Monday to reject the third request by Clean Line Energy Partners to split the case into two separate hearings. The board stood by its earlier rulings stating that it will decide whether to approve the Rock Island Clean Line and whether to grant the use of eminent domain in a single hearing.
The company has said that approach means it has to invest tens of millions of dollars acquiring land while running the risk that regulators could later reject the line as not in the public interest. Groups representing union workers and wind energy supporters backed its latest request to split up the case, saying they were not interested in the property rights issues and only on the need for the line.
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas says on Sunday morning wind generated 13,883 megawatts of power, representing more than 41 percent of its system load. It was the fourth record set in four months, Platts reports.
With more than 50,000 turbines operating in the U.S., the country hit 70 gigawatts of wind power capacity in November, according to the American Wind Energy Association, which noted that the last big milestone—60 gigawatts—was reached in 2012, The Hill reports.
The 2013 New York startup United Wind is following the solar model, installing and operating turbines at little cost for customers who sign long-term leases giving them lower electricity prices, The New York Times reports.
LONDON (AP) — Britain's Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled unanimously against tycoon and U.S. presidential contender Donald Trump in his battle to stop an offshore wind farm near his upscale Scottish golf resort.
Trump claims the 11-turbine project, approved by the Scottish government in 2013, will spoil the view from his golf course near Aberdeen in eastern Scotland. He has vowed to stop further development of the resort if the wind farm goes ahead.
By selling 333 megawatts of wind assets in Maine for $209 million to its yieldco Terra Nova Renewable Partners and other investors, SunEdison says it’s providing itself with a development margin, Reuters reports.
Pioneer Natural Resources is the second U.S. firm, after Enterprise Products, to begin exploring how to take advantage of the end of the U.S. oil export ban and could begin shipments by the middle of next year, The Hill reports.
Two competing initiatives designed to give Florida residents a constitutional right to rooftop solar energy are running out of time without enough signatures yet to make next November's ballot, the Naples Daily News reports.
SolarCity CEO Lyndon Rive joined Sen. Charles E. Schumer in Buffalo this week to call the five-year extension of a federal tax subsidy "super important" to the continued growth of the solar power industry, The Buffalo News reports.
Continued concerns about oversupply forced oil prices downward early Wednesday, nearing an 11-year low already reached once this week. London Brent fell 31 cents to $37.05 a barrel while U.S. crude remained unchanged at $37.50, Reuters reports.
A group of researchers at MIT, the University of California-Berkeley, and the University of Colorado have developed a new computer microchip that uses optical technology and creates the potential to make future computer data centers more energy efficient, the journal Science reports.
A Japanese court on Thursday rejected safety concerns and approved letting Kansai Electric Power, the country's second biggest utility, restart four nuclear reactors shuttered since the 2011 Fukushima disaster, Reuters reports.