Wind Power News: Alabama
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Travis Fisher, a political appointee at the Department of Energy, will lead a high-profile study that Energy Secretary Rick Perry ordered this week on what role environmental policies are playing in recent coal and nuclear plant closures, according to multiple sources. Fisher will help analyze the way baseload power is dispatched and compensated and the effect of “regulatory burdens” past administrations introduced to decrease coal-fired generation. Perry told his chief of staff, Brian McCormack, in a Friday memo that the . . .
The Interior Department is moving toward finalizing rules, policies and projects that it says should ensure renewable energy’s unprecedented growth spurt continues on federal land after President Obama leaves office. Building a clean energy program from scratch, the Bureau of Land Management has approved 60 commercial-scale solar, wind and geothermal projects that would power millions of homes and businesses. “We are incredibly proud of what the agency, with so many partners and so many private developers, has been able to . . .
There’s no comfort in loss of power I was surprised by your June 28 “Our View” on “Less dependence on nuclear power a comforting trend.” The implication was that wind and solar power can eventually replace it. This sentiment suggests that there is a lack of understanding of what it takes for utilities to provide reliable electrical power to customers. Utilities absolutely depend on what is termed “dispatchable power,” i.e. a power source that is under the control of human . . .
Twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia have requirements that utilities get a certain amount of their electricity from renewable sources. Nine additional states have goals for renewable energy, while a dozen others have no targets. A state-by-state look at renewable energy policies. ALABAMA No renewable energy standard. ALASKA A bill passed in 2010 sets a goal, but not a requirement, for Alaska to receive half its electricity from renewable and alternative energy sources by 2025. ARIZONA Public utilities must . . .
HEFLIN – Officials with an Oklahoma-based company that had considered a wind turbine farm in Cleburne County are no longer planning to build in Alabama after pushback from homeowners near the site and scant support from government officials, the company’s attorney said Tuesday. “The adjoining states have been very welcoming,” said Kirk Tracey, general counsel for Nations Energy Solutions. “We’re going to go play elsewhere.” The company’s decision put an end to a lawsuit filed in Cleburne County in June 2014. . . .
The Alabama Public Service Commission on Tuesday voted 3-0 to approve a proposal by Alabama Power to construct up to 500 megawatts of renewable energy generation projects in the state over the next six years. A spokesperson for the company said the decision will allow Alabama Power – a subsidiary of Atlanta-based Southern Co. – to meet the demands of larger customers that want to implement renewable energy to their portfolio, according to a report from AL.com. Larger customers for . . .
The Alabama Public Service Commission heard testimony for more than three hours Wednesday about a petition submitted by Alabama Power seeking permission to offer up to 500 megawatts of renewable energy to its customers, either through new installations or purchase-power agreements with providers in other states. The small-scale renewable energy projects would be up to 80 megawatts each, and could include new solar and wind energy projects, according to details of the proposal provided by Alabama Power. According to Alabama . . .
This week’s announcement by Alabama Power Co. that it will seek to build or procure up to 500 megawatts of renewable energy was welcomed by clean energy advocates as another block falling from what had once been an impenetrable wall halting alternative energy from entering the state. But it would be a mistake to view Alabama Power’s decision as a hearty embrace of renewable energy. In a June 25 filing with the Alabama Public Service Commission, the company makes clear that it . . .
A national science watchdog group says Alabama is more than 85 percent compliant with new federal emissions standards. The “Clean Power Plan” standards proposed last year by President Obama through the Environmental Protection Agency have been criticized by Alabama officials and Attorney General Luther Strange joined in a lawsuit with 11 other states seeking to block the standards. The lawsuit complains that the measures will severely damage the coal industry and lead to increased electricity costs for consumers. Alabama officials . . .
HEFLIN – Proposed legislation would cut the Cleburne County Commission out of new tax revenue if companies decide to build wind turbines there. State Sen. Gerald Dial, R-Lineville, sent a copy of the measure to The Cleburne News on Tuesday to be advertised for four weeks, a requirement before the bill can be introduced in the Senate. The bill specifies that half of any new property tax revenue generated by wind turbines or similar energy producers be distributed to Cleburne County . . .