renewable energy

Renewable Energy
8:00 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Unique energy transmission line gets approval

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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 Center for Rural Affairs.

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Biomass crops for fuel
5:08 am
Sat May 24, 2014

Miscanthus: A growing energy crop

Iowa State University, the University of Iowa and the University of Northern Iowa are all working on a project to plant, study and harvest miscanthus for biofuel.
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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.

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Federal Renewable Energy Standard
8:01 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

SW Kansas lawmaker says voting on repeal of green energy is no-brainer

Rep Ronald Ryckman
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A southwest Kansas lawmaker says there is no debate about renewable energy standards according to a recent article from the Kansas City Star

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Renewable Energy
8:00 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

OK utilities can now charge customers for generating their own electricity

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Gov. Mary Fallin signed Senate Bill 1456 into law recently.  The new measure allows regulated electric utility companies to charge customers who generate electricity from rooftop solar panels or small wind turbines reported StateImpact Oklahoma.

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Renewable Energy
8:00 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Kansas: Renewable energy repeal stalled out

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The Kansas House rejected a bill to repeal the state’s renewable energy standards.  Kansas Public Radio reported the vote was 44-77. 

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Renewable Energy
8:00 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

On the roads: Trucks transporting wind farm parts from Kansas and Iowa to the Texas Panhandle

Pattern Energy moves wind turbine components by special trailer to the Texas Panhandle.
Credit amarillo.com

Pattern Energy is moving components from Hutchinson and Abilene, Kansas, as well as Iowa, to the Texas Panhandle.  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.  The components are headed for two projects located north of Amarillo.

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Renewable Energy
8:00 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

First community-owned solar garden comes to Kansas

A solar panel garden in Houston, Texas
Credit southunioncdc.org

Two energy companies are partnering to build the largest community solar array in Kansas.  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 recent article in Utility Products.

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Wind Energy
8:01 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Tax credit expiration leads to wind farm construction boom in Oklahoma

The 147-megawatt Weatherford Wind Energy Center.
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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.

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Harvest Public Media story
8:01 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

EPA prepares for an earful on Renewable Fuel Standard

An EPA proposal cuts the expected mandate for corn ethanol by 1.4 billion gallons in 2014.
Credit Grant Gerlock/Harvest Public Media

Both supporters and opponents of ethanol have had a lot to say since the EPA announced a proposal to cut the Renewable Fuel Standard, 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.

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Literature
8:00 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

The Texas Wind Rush: It started with an Unlikely Leader

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George W Bush.  When you think of that name what comes to mind?

  • The Yale party boy of the late 1970s?
  • The son of a Yankee blueblood who made a ton of money on Texas oil?
  • The son of a politician?
  • A native of Midland?
  • A Texas oil baron?
  • A Texas governor?
  • President of the United States?
  • September 11?
  • Wind energy champion?
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Wind Energy
8:00 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Which is easiest to build, a wind farm or a transmission line?

The high plains are wind-rich, but the biggest need for energy is on the populous coasts.  The issue is easily seen.   State Impact Oklahoma shared these maps. 

The higher the wind speed, the higher the energy potential.  Look where the greatest potential is.

Now, notice where the transmission lines are located.

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Harvest Public Media story
8:00 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

E85’s the cheapest gas, if you can find it and use it

At many gas stations on the Plains and across the Midwest, E85 is the cheapest fuel available. However, only a fraction of cars on the road can use it, and on E85 they get less mileage.
Credit Grant Gerlock/Harvest Public Media

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.

“I used to complain about $1.50 gas, now it’s over $4,” Protopopov said. “Pretty steep.”

But on the same pump there was another fuel selling for under $3. E85 was going for $2.53.

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Natural Resources & Energy
8:01 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Proposed legislation lets utilities buy out-of-state renewable energy credits

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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.

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HPPR Government and Politics
8:01 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

U.S. Supreme Court: Ethanol Over Oil

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.  The challenge was from The American Petroleum Institute and several other groups.  Impact Oklahoma reported Tom Buis, CEO of Growth Energy, called the move, "a true victory for the American biofuels industry."  Bob Dinneen, president of the Renewable Fuels Association,  said the Supreme Court's decision, "ends a long and drawn out petroleum industry effort to derail the commercialization of E15."

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8:09 am
Wed June 12, 2013

New technology, unusual alliances and uncertain subsidies drive wind power

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Advances in technology, along with an unusual alliance of green and red politics, have spurred the growth of wind energy across the plains states. Yet the uncertainty of short-term tax credits has also created cycles of boom and bust that may harm the industry in the long run. The Economist magazine provides a good overview of the current state of play.
ON A breezy day in October last year the governor of Kansas, Sam Brownback, took a tour of his state's flourishing oil- and gas-exploration industry. But as the bus travelled across the open plains it was difficult not to notice a new phenomenon in Kansan energy: wind turbines. Lots of them.