renewable energy http://hppr.org en Unique energy transmission line gets approval http://hppr.org/post/unique-energy-transmission-line-gets-approval <p></p><p>Clean Line Energy Partners recently received approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to go ahead with one of the Great Plains transmission projects according to the <a href="http://www.cfra.org/rural-americas-turn-pave-way-clean-energy-future">Center for Rural Affairs</a>.</p><p> Fri, 30 May 2014 05:00:01 +0000 Cindee Talley 32518 at http://hppr.org Unique energy transmission line gets approval Miscanthus: A growing energy crop http://hppr.org/post/miscanthus-growing-energy-crop <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Miscanthus, a relative of sugar cane that looks like bamboo, could be the Midwest’s next energy crop. But in a region dominated by corn and soybeans, it has yet to fully catch on, even as advocates tout its advantages. Sat, 24 May 2014 14:08:53 +0000 Rick Fredericksen 32251 at http://hppr.org Miscanthus: A growing energy crop SW Kansas lawmaker says voting on repeal of green energy is no-brainer http://hppr.org/post/sw-kansas-lawmaker-says-voting-repeal-green-energy-no-brainer <p></p><p>A southwest Kansas lawmaker says there is no debate about renewable energy standards according to a recent article from <a href="http://www.kansascity.com/2014/05/17/5030728/green-energy-has-been-a-political.html">the Kansas City Star</a>.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 22 May 2014 05:01:00 +0000 Cindee Talley 32165 at http://hppr.org SW Kansas lawmaker says voting on repeal of green energy is no-brainer OK utilities can now charge customers for generating their own electricity http://hppr.org/post/ok-utilities-can-now-charge-customers-generating-their-own-electricity <p></p><p>Gov. Mary Fallin signed Senate Bill 1456 into law recently.&nbsp; The new measure allows regulated electric utility companies to charge customers who generate electricity from rooftop solar panels or small wind turbines <a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/oklahoma/2014/04/22/gov-mary-fallin-signs-distributed-electricity-generation-bill/">reported StateImpact Oklahoma</a>.</p><p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 05:00:03 +0000 Cindee Talley 30931 at http://hppr.org OK utilities can now charge customers for generating their own electricity Kansas: Renewable energy repeal stalled out http://hppr.org/post/kansas-renewable-energy-repeal-stalled-out <p></p><p>The Kansas House rejected a bill to repeal the state’s renewable energy standards.&nbsp; <a href="http://www.kansaspublicradio.org/news/statehouse-news/8368-ks-house-rejects-bill-to-repeal-renewable-standards">Kansas Public Radio</a> reported the vote was 44-77.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 05:00:03 +0000 Cindee Talley 29674 at http://hppr.org Kansas: Renewable energy repeal stalled out On the roads: Trucks transporting wind farm parts from Kansas and Iowa to the Texas Panhandle http://hppr.org/post/roads-trucks-transporting-wind-farm-parts-kansas-and-iowa-texas-panhandle <p></p><p>Pattern Energy is moving components from Hutchinson and Abilene, Kansas, as well as Iowa, to the Texas Panhandle.&nbsp; Sections of towers that hold the large blades in the air and the narcelles that hold the equipment that makes electricity from the turning blades are transported by trucks pulling specially built trailers.&nbsp; The components are headed for two projects located north of Amarillo.</p><p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 05:00:03 +0000 Cindee Talley 29596 at http://hppr.org On the roads: Trucks transporting wind farm parts from Kansas and Iowa to the Texas Panhandle First community-owned solar garden comes to Kansas http://hppr.org/post/first-community-owned-solar-garden-comes-kansas <p></p><p>Two energy companies are partnering to build the largest community solar array in Kansas.&nbsp; Community-owned Midwest Energy and community solar developer Clean Energy Collective (CEC) signed an agreement to build a 1-MW community solar photovoltaic array according to a <a href="http://www.utilityproducts.com/articles/elp-archives/2014/03/kansas-to-plant-first-community-owned-solar-farm.html">recent article in Utility Products</a>.</p><p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 05:00:02 +0000 Cindee Talley 29371 at http://hppr.org First community-owned solar garden comes to Kansas Tax credit expiration leads to wind farm construction boom in Oklahoma http://hppr.org/post/tax-credit-expiration-leads-wind-farm-construction-boom-oklahoma <p>On December 31, the federal production tax credit for renewable energy expired. In Oklahoma, this stimulated 12,300 megawatts of wind projects to begin construction ahead of the deadline. Fri, 07 Feb 2014 06:01:01 +0000 Adam Vos 27694 at http://hppr.org Tax credit expiration leads to wind farm construction boom in Oklahoma EPA prepares for an earful on Renewable Fuel Standard http://hppr.org/post/epa-prepares-earful-renewable-fuel-standard <p>Both supporters and opponents of ethanol have had a lot to say since the EPA announced a proposal to <a href="http://harvestpublicmedia.org/content/changes-may-be-coming-ethanol-policy-RFS-EPA#.Up4288RDuSo">cut the Renewable Fuel Standard</a>, the rules that force oil companies to buy and use certain levels of ethanol. But they’re just warming up. The agency’s first hearing on the proposal is Thursday in Arlington, Va., and advocates from both sides will line up for a chance to give regulators a piece of their minds. Thu, 12 Dec 2013 06:01:01 +0000 Grant Gerlock 25434 at http://hppr.org EPA prepares for an earful on Renewable Fuel Standard The Texas Wind Rush: It started with an Unlikely Leader http://hppr.org/post/texas-wind-rush-it-started-unlikely-leader <p></p><p>George W Bush.&nbsp; When you think of that name what comes to mind?</p><ul><li>The Yale party boy of the late 1970s?</li><li>The son of a Yankee blueblood who made a ton of money on Texas oil?</li><li>The son of a politician?</li><li>A native of Midland?</li><li>A Texas oil baron?</li><li>A Texas governor?</li><li>President of the United States?</li><li>September 11?</li><li>Wind energy champion? Wed, 18 Sep 2013 05:00:02 +0000 Cindee Talley 21752 at http://hppr.org The Texas Wind Rush: It started with an Unlikely Leader Which is easiest to build, a wind farm or a transmission line? http://hppr.org/post/which-easiest-build-wind-farm-or-transmission-line <p>The high plains are wind-rich, but the biggest need for energy is on the populous coasts.&nbsp; The issue is easily seen. &nbsp;&nbsp;<strong style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/oklahoma/2013/09/03/oklahomas-wind-energy-transmission-gap-in-two-images/">State Impact Oklahoma</a></strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> shared these maps.&nbsp; </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The higher the wind speed, the higher the energy potential. &nbsp;Look where the greatest potential is.</span></p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 05:00:02 +0000 Cindee Talley 21181 at http://hppr.org Which is easiest to build, a wind farm or a transmission line? E85’s the cheapest gas, if you can find it and use it http://hppr.org/post/e85-s-cheapest-gas-if-you-can-find-it-and-use-it <p></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 9pt; line-height: 11.25pt; vertical-align: baseline; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">Ilya Protopopov stopped at a U-Stop station in Lincoln, Neb., on his way to the track to fuel up his truck and a few dirt bikes. His fuel of choice, 91 octane unleaded, was selling for $4.01 per gallon.<o:p></o:p></span></p> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 05:00:01 +0000 Grant Gerlock 20248 at http://hppr.org E85’s the cheapest gas, if you can find it and use it Proposed legislation lets utilities buy out-of-state renewable energy credits http://hppr.org/post/proposed-legislation-lets-utilities-buy-out-state-renewable-energy-credits <p>Legislatures in states including Kansas could soon find themselves considering legislation allowing utilities to satisfy renewable energy standards by purchasing credits from out-of-state, rather than generating or buying the power in-state. Fri, 09 Aug 2013 05:01:00 +0000 Adam Vos 19968 at http://hppr.org Proposed legislation lets utilities buy out-of-state renewable energy credits U.S. Supreme Court: Ethanol Over Oil http://hppr.org/post/us-supreme-court-ethanol-over-oil <p>The United States Supreme Court decided not to hear a challenge to the 2010 Environmental Protection Agency approval of the use of fuel containing up to 15% ethanol.&nbsp; The challenge was from The American Petroleum Institute and several other groups.&nbsp; <a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/oklahoma/2013/06/24/supreme-court-sides-with-ethanol-over-oil/"><strong>Impact Oklahoma</strong></a> reported Tom Buis, CEO of Growth Energy, called the move, "a true victory for the American biofuels industry."&nbsp; Bob Dinneen, president of the Renewable Fuels Association,&nbsp; said the Supreme Court's decision, "ends a long and drawn out petroleum industry effort to derail the commercialization of E15." Wed, 26 Jun 2013 05:01:02 +0000 Cindee Talley 17905 at http://hppr.org U.S. Supreme Court: Ethanol Over Oil