Five Stories: Wind In Position To Dominate US Electricity Supply

Landscapes & Nature

Here are five stories worth reading today (8/13/15)

  1. A new report released by NREL finds that “wind is poised to become a dominant and possibly the primary source of electricity in the U.S,” according to Greentech Media.
  2. “After the Environmental Protection Agency released its groundbreaking carbon regulations last week, opponents worked to fill the airways and newspaper opinion pages with the message that the Clean Power Plan would cost minority communities millions of jobs and increase their poverty levels by more than 25 percent,” says Inside Climate News.
  3. “Solar interconnection delays, or the process of connecting a new energy system to the grid through a utility, is costing rooftop solar owners millions and potentially slowing solar adoption rates across the country. But even though wait times and lost savings grow as more consumers add solar panels to their homes, new research suggests standardized processes and improved communication between utilities and their customers could solve the solar interconnection problem,” reports Clean Technica.
  4. “Following the historic announcement of the EPA’s final Clean Power Plan rule, friends of coal commenced their predictable negative chatter. In truth, the noise started well before the rule was even finalized as interest groups clamored to try to thwart the nation’s first ever limits on carbon pollution from power plants. Luckily, some sanity remains in the state of Michigan where two of the largest utilities released statements saying they would not only work with the Clean Power Plan, but that they were already shifting to clean energy and are well positioned to meet the pollution reduction goal,” says NRDC.
  5. “Hundreds of solar employees jammed a Public Utilities Commission meeting Wednesday, giving almost six hours of testimony in protest of recent proposals submitted to regulators by NV Energy and asking the commission to support a measure to stop a potential shutdown in the industry,” reports The Las Vegas Sun.