Friday, November 19, 2010

Renewable Energy News, November 19, 2010

FERC proposes rules to make grid access easier for solar, wind energy
Federal regulators on Thursday proposed reforms to make the U.S. electric grid more accessible to electricity generated by renewable energy sources, which should lower costs for consumers who want to buy clean power.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission proposed a rule requiring public utility transmission providers to allow renewable power producers to schedule their shipments of electricity over shorter time periods to better reflect the moment-to-moment changes in generation output by renewables.

Wind and solar power producers would be able to schedule transmission service in 15-minute intervals, instead of the current one-hour scheduling procedure.

Here is the link to the text of FERC's Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: "Integration of Variable Energy Resources."
Churchill hydro deal signals era of Atlantic Canada co-operation
Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Danny Williams is celebrating his government’s $6.2-billion deal to develop Labrador hydroelectric power as a declaration of independence from Quebec’s domination in an economically critical, historically controversial industry.

Provincially-owned Nalcor Energy and Halifax-based Emera announced Thursday they have agreed to proceed with the long-delayed development of the Lower Churchill hydro project, as Mr. Williams and Nova Scotia Premier Darrell Dexter trumpeted a new era of economic co-operation in Atlantic Canada.
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The move by Atlantic provinces toward increasing integration of their power plans is expected to create opportunities to co-ordinate on clean energy production and establish new export markets.
Utah utility to build Idaho wind farm
The first wind farm built by a Utah-based utility will some day provide power to an array of Utah communities — to as far south as Blanding and Enterprise to the northern reaches of the state in Cache County’s Hyrum.

Constructed by the Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems, the Horse Butte Wind Project will be located on more than 17,600 acres in Bonneville County, Idaho, near Idaho Falls.
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An announcement of the project was made Thursday by the consortium, which draws on 51 members spanning eight states. The initial installation of 32 wind turbine generators will provide 58 megawatts of power to be delivered to communities in Utah, Nevada, Wyoming and California.
Omaha district approves wind-power agreement
The Omaha Public Power District has agreed to buy power from a new wind farm in central Nebraska.

OPPD's board of directors voted to buy 18 megawatts a year from Edison Mission Group, which is building an 80-megawatt wind farm near Broken Bow, Neb. The wind farm is expected to come on line in 2012.

OPPD has more than 340,000 customers in 13 southeast Nebraska counties.
Renewable Energy Will Power NFL Stadium
The Philadelphia Eagles will add solar panels and wind turbines at their home stadium, saying Thursday it will be the world's first stadium with self-generating renewable energy.

The American football club's joint venture with Solar Blue, a Florida firm that will invest 30 million dollars in the project over the next year, will also include a duel-fuel co-generation plant at Lincoln Financial Field.

"The Philadelphia Eagles are proud to take this vital step towards energy independence from fossil fuels," Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said.

"It underscores our strong belief that environmentally sensitive policies are consistent with sound business practices."

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