Clearing the Air: Lamar Alexander, You’re Wrong About Wind Power

by Dr. Stephen A. Smith, Executive Director, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy The Plains and Eastern Clean Line project could inject large quantities of high-value, low-cost wind power directly into the Tennessee Valley region from western Oklahoma. Recently Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) spoke on the senate floor in opposition to the project, and wind energy. We […]

FACT CHECK! Transmission Pays for Itself, Saves Consumers Money

From AWEABlog, by Betsy Beck Studies show that expanding America’s electricity grid to meet 21st century needs more than pays for itself, and can even result in significant consumer savings. Improved transmission planning could save American families and businesses up to $47 billion every year, according to a recent white paper from the Brattle Group. […]

Plummeting Curtailment, More Low-Cost Wind: CREZ Transmission Policy Already Reaping Big Returns

From AWEA by Michael Goggin While wind energy curtailment has received a great deal of attention of late, thanks in part to a controversial New York Times article, the real story is that nationwide wind energy curtailment is rapidly on the decline. Wind curtailment was nearly cut in half last year, from 4.9 percent of […]

NRDC: Order 1000 Upheld on Appeal: A Closer Look at the Good News for Clean Energy

From Natural Resources Defense Council (NDRC) by Allison Clement As our colleague John Moore has already described, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals has unanimously upheld the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC’s) landmark Order 1000 rule. We’ve previously blogged about what Order 1000 does and why it’s important; here we focus on some highlights of […]