NewEnergyNews: QUICK NEWS, August 16: New Energy Reviving Ruined Land; Feds Open No. Carolina To Ocean Wind; EV Range Anxiety Is Not What It Used To Be


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  • FRIDAY WORLD, October 21:

  • This Is How To Beat Climate Change. Now Get To It.
  • China To Build World’s Biggest Solar Panel Project
  • Europe’s Ocean Wind Boom
  • Australia’s Huge Ocean Energy Opportunity

    Tuesday, August 16, 2016

    QUICK NEWS, August 16: New Energy Reviving Ruined Land; Feds Open No. Carolina To Ocean Wind; EV Range Anxiety Is Not What It Used To Be

    New Energy Reviving Ruined Land Turning Trash Into Solar Treasure

    Courtney McCormick, August 15, 2016 (NJ Spotlight)

    “By generating solar energy on old landfills and brownfields, PSE&G is helping to put historically ‘dirty’ spaces back to work in an environmentally friendly manner…Across the United States, there is a growing understanding that [if we install solar panels for the good of the environment, but sacrifice forests, farmland, or other open spaces to do it, the gain is compromised by the loss. That is one of the reasons] PSE&G’s Solar 4 All program has invested $550 million [over the last seven years to build 45 megawatts of grid-connected solar farms on old landfills and brownfield contaminated industrial sites.] In California, more than 100 megawatts of solar farms have been built on old landfills, industrial properties, federal Superfund sites — and even a mothballed weapons test site…In Massachusetts, dozens of old municipal landfills and brownfields now host nearly 131 megawatts of solar power…In Wyoming, a $500 million, 237-megawatt wind-power project was built on a depleted surface coal mine…” click here for more

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    Feds Open No. Carolina To Ocean Wind Interior Announces Milestone for Wind Energy Development Offshore North Carolina; Proposes Lease Sale for 122,405-Acre Kitty Hawk Wind Energy Area; Companies asked to respond to Proposed Notice of Sale

    August 12, 2016 (Department of the Interior)

    “…[The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) of the Department of the Interior plans to lease the 122,405 acre Kitty Hawk Wind Energy Area (WEA) off the North Carolina coast] for commercial wind energy leasing...[It was identified as suitable for development by BOEM in consultation with local stakeholders and the North Carolina Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Task Force made up of federal, state, tribal, and local government partners. The] Kitty Hawk WEA begins about 24 nautical miles from shore and extends about 25.7 nautical miles in a general southeast direction…[Pre-qualified and new potential bidders the BOEM-managed competitive auction for leases have 60 days to respond]… To date, BOEM has awarded 11 commercial offshore wind leases, including nine through the competitive lease sale process (two offshore New Jersey, two in an area offshore Rhode Island-Massachusetts, another two offshore Massachusetts, two offshore Maryland and one offshore Virginia). These lease sales have generated approximately $16 million in winning bids for more than a million acres in federal waters.” click here for more

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    EV Range Anxiety Is Not What It Used To Be ‘Range anxiety’ is scaring people away from electric cars — but the fear may be overblown

    Chris Mooney, August 15, 2016 (Washington Post)

    “…[EV popularity is rising and still persistent ‘range anxiety’concerns that potential drivers have that [their battery could run out of charge and strand them may be overblown, according to] researchers from MIT and the Santa Fe Institute…[A vast data analysis of second-by-second U.S. driving patterns and other evidence finds that] 87 percent of vehicles on the road could be replaced by a low cost electric vehicle available today, even if there’s no possibility to recharge during the day…[though] the remaining 13 percent of daily car energy use that exceeds a single battery’s capacity could be enough to drive lingering resistance to electric vehicle adoption…[It’s hard to understate the importance of vanquishing this concern because recent] research has suggested that while there are a number of regional variations, it is currently greener to drive on electricity than it is to do so on gasoline…[Many limitations still prevent suddenly swapping out large percentages of current vehicles for electric ones which is] why the Obama administration recently laid out grand plans to greatly increase the number of charging stations across the country…” click here for more

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