Leaders can overcome personal development plateaus by seeking out and forming networks with their peers to learn new tactics and strategies, writes James Millar of SkyBridge Associates. He outlines five factors that keep executives from connecting with one another, including time constraints and low expectations.
Ohio House Bill 6 would establish a bailout for two nuclear plants, raising the costs of clean energy without appropriately increasing access to generation, says American Wind Energy Association Eastern Region Policy Director Andrew Gohn. "Any serious review of Ohio's renewable energy policies must include reconsideration of the draconian setback rules imposed as an amendment to budget legislation in 2014," Gohn says.
American Electric Power has finalized the purchase of Sempra Energy's 724-megawatt portfolio of wind farms for $1.056 billion, assuming either Sempra's stake or full ownership of seven projects in the US. "The addition of these high-quality renewable assets and the experience of our new employees will support our long-term strategy to diversify our generation fleet," AEP Chairman Nicholas Akins says.
Xcel Energy has purchased the 300-megawatt Dakota Range 1 and 2 wind farms in South Dakota and the 200-MW Blazing Star 2 project in Minnesota. Combined with the 200-MW Blazing Star 1 project, the deal allows Xcel to increase its wind portfolio by 700 MW and move toward its 85% by 2030 goal for carbon-free generation in the Upper Midwest.
Lake Erie is home to strong wind resources and could help Pennsylvania increase its access to clean energy via offshore wind projects such as Lake Erie Energy Development Corp.'s Icebreaker Wind project, writes the Erie Times-News editorial board. "The potential to extract clean energy from a relatively short stretch of shoreline, generate revenues for Erie County and the state, and create new manufacturing opportunities should merit bipartisan support from lawmakers," it writes.
Nebraska has some of the best wind resources in the country and stands to benefit as wind projects surge in the state and strengthen the area's economy, writes David Bracht, former director of the Nebraska Energy Office. "As wind power grows nationwide, meeting market demands for electricity created both cleanly and affordably, we stand uniquely positioned to reap the real-life benefits," he notes.
A bill that would have created a baseline for wind companies to decommission projects in Nebraska failed to advance after a three-hour debate Tuesday in the Nebraska Legislature. Opponents said companies already have decommissioning agreements in place and that the bill unfairly targets wind energy.
A bill under consideration that would ban wind development in many North Carolina counties with active military operations is creating uncertainty for the industry and delaying current projects, says Tyrrell County Manager David Clegg. "We want to do business in North Carolina, but it's challenging to [stop] and restart and stop and restart time and time again," says Apex Clean Energy Senior Project Manager Don Giecek, whose company is in the early stages of developing a 48-turbine project in the state.
US District Judge Miranda Du has agreed to expedite consideration of Nevada's latest plea to block plutonium shipments from entering the state. Meanwhile, the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals will speed up its hearing of the state's challenge of Du's earlier rejection of blocking shipments.
The New Mexico Environment Department should hold public meetings to discuss the upcoming construction of a multi-use underground shaft at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, says Don Hancock, administrator of the Southwest Research and Information Center. He says the department has yet to offer clarification on the issue.