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Omaha utility proposing faster shift from coal to renewables

Associated Press: Omaha Public Power District is proposing more aggressive environmental goals to get electricity from renewable sources and natural gas. The electric utility’s board may vote next week on a new set of goals that would accelerate its shift away from coal to other power sources, the Omaha World-Herald reported. The utility is considering […]

October 9, 2018 Read More →

U.S. Great Plains Grid Logs a 60 Percent Wind-Power Moment

The Oklahoman: The Southwest Power Pool, the regional transmission organization that manages the Great Plains’ electric grid, announced Friday it had set a wind-penetration record of 60.56 percent. During that minute, wind supplied 13,928.94 megawatts of the 22,998.71 megawatts needed to provide power to customers of all of the utilities and other power distributors that […]

March 19, 2018 Read More →

‘Plug and Play’ Solar Finds Markets in Nebraska and Ohio

Midwest Energy News: Utility customers in Ohio and Nebraska are among those taking advantage of a new and simpler technique for connecting solar arrays and other renewable energy systems to the grid. ConnectDER, as it’s known, generally eliminates the need to enter a home and it greatly reduces the amount of electrical work required. “It […]

October 19, 2017 Read More →

Editorial: Nebraska Can Do Much More With Its Abundant Wind Resources

Lincoln Journal Star: Now that Nebraska has crossed the gigawatt threshold — 1 billion watts — of wind energy production, it’s time for the state to shoot even higher. The Cornhusker State became the 18th state to reach that milestone this year when turbines at a 400-plus-megawatt wind farm in Holt County began spinning. But […]

May 15, 2017 Read More →

In Cost-Saving Move, Nebraska Utility Pays $10.5 Million to Cut Ties With Coal-Burning Plant

Lincoln Journal Star: Lincoln Electric System has agreed to pay $10.5 million to dump its 30 percent stake in the coal-fired Sheldon Station power plant near Hallam. Despite the hefty price tag, the Lincoln utility will break even in two years and save money in the long run, Chief Executive Officer Kevin Wailes said. Oversight […]

May 12, 2017 Read More →
IEEFA Update: Wind Is Blowing Away Fossil-Generated Power in Middle America

IEEFA Update: Wind Is Blowing Away Fossil-Generated Power in Middle America

From Deep in the Heart of Texas to North Dakota, a Historic Shift in U.S. Electricity Production

Wind generation has grown by more than 11 million megawatt-hours (MWh) in just a year in the huge ERCOT market of Texas. The increase, which has driven wind’s share of generation to 48 million MWh in the first 11 months of 2016 from 36 million MWh in the first 11 months of 2015, has displaced […]

December 21, 2016 Read More →

On the Blogs: ‘Long Gone’ Are the Days When Energy Infrastructure Projects Went Unquestioned by Grassroots

Keith Schneider for Long gone is the time when energy companies could swoop into lightly populated regions to build big energy infrastructure projects. More people live in the places close to the unconventional oil and gas drilling fields in the rural West and East. Their daily commutes, backyards, and favorite wild places are disrupted […]

December 13, 2016 Read More →

‘Dutch Coal Mistake’ Shows Three New Plants In The Netherlands Failing

From The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis today published a report concluding that three new coal-fired power plants in the Netherlands are proving far less valuable than expected and are fundamentally out of step with electricity-market trends across Europe. The report comes as European policymakers grapple with how best to manage a […]

November 30, 2016 Read More →
Wind in the Wires, and More on the Way

Wind in the Wires, and More on the Way

30 States Have Projects Under Construction or in Advanced Development

Wind power is a rapidly growing source of electricity in the U.S., doubling its share of generation in just five years, to 4.9 percent in 2015. The declining cost of wind power, along with cheap natural gas, has put tremendous financial pressure on both coal-fired and nuclear power plants, and is changing the mix of fuels […]

September 16, 2016 Read More →

Transcanada Seeks “Pause” in Keystone XL Review as Oil Prices Plummet

Rebecca Penty for Bloomberg Business: TransCanada Corp., the pipeline and power generation company, said third-quarter profit fell as lower electricity prices in Alberta and disruptions at its Bruce nuclear plant crimped revenues in its energy division. Net income dropped to C$402 million, or 57 cents per share, from C$457 million, or 64 cents, in the […]

November 3, 2015 Read More →