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News Roundup for the Week of
Monday, September 16 – Sunday, September 22

Carbon limits: Obama’s EPA sets terms for tomorrow’s cleaner energy industry.

The Guardian. An opinion piece that discusses EPA’s new carbon emission regulations for new power plants under the Clean Air Act. To Read EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy’s prepared comments on climate change and the new CAA standards, click here.

Oregon’s energy hub on the Willamette River a catastrophic risk when a megaquake hits.

The Oregonian. A state report warns of that catastrophe and more — including pipe breaks that could cripple Portland International Airport and create a statewide gasoline shortage. The report pinpoints the “critical infrastructure energy hub” between Sauvie Island and the Fremont Bridge crammed with tank farms, transmission towers, bridges, pipelines and electrical substations. The hub is a six-mile stretch near downtown Portland that could become Oregon’s Achilles heel when the Big One comes.

Wind Project Wins in Court But Delay is Costly

Capital Press. Environmental groups have failed to block a power transmission line that enables the construction of a major wind energy project in eastern Oregon. However, economic shifts in the energy industry are now posing another threat to the project, backers say. While litigation has delayed the project, natural gas has become cheaper due to new extraction technology…

More FERC uproar: Nominee for chairman stirs controversy

Smart Grid News. Ron Binz is the former chairman of the Colorado Public Utilities Commission. his nomination as FERC chairman has brought out vocal supporters and detractors….

ViZn Energy Systems Launches Large Scale Flow Battery for Micro-Grid Market

Green Energy News. The Z20 160 kWh battery offers a scalable storage system for the growing micro-grid markets and renewable integration. With more than fifteen years of research and intense product development cycles behind it, ViZn’s patented flow-battery technology breaks the cost/benefit threshold that is currently limiting widespread adoption of storage…

More Wind Means Less Baseload Generation

GreenTech Media. In a big chunk of the country, the rise of wind power is reducing the need for baseload generation from coal and nuclear…

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