SPRINGFIELD -- A package of bills aimed at transforming the state's energy landscape appears unlikely to move during the upcoming fall veto session after Gov. J.B. Pritzker was less than optimistic on the subject this week at an unrelated Chicago news conference. "It's certainly something that's being considered as part of a broader energy package," Pritzker said of the Clean Energy Jobs Act, one of the main bills backed by green energy advocates. "I don't know that we'll be able to get to it during the veto session." … [Read more...] about Clean energy legislation appears unlikely to advance
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Ari Natter and Will Wade, Bloomberg Published 3:00 am CDT, Wednesday, July 24, 2019 A commercial truck zooms past a pump jack near Andrews, Texas. According to the town's business leadership, Andrews' main revenue generator is oil and oil field services. Waste Control Specialists (WCS) near Andrews, Texas provides services to store low-level nuclear waste and is in the process of applying for a license to be an interim storage facility for high-level radioactive waste. Opposition has mostly stemmed from activists outside the area but some residents are also voicing concerns about their city becoming the nation's dump site for potentially hazardous nuclear material. The Governmental Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has held hearings regarding the potential environmental impact of permitting WCS in far West Texas and activists along with proponents have been vocal in those hearings. (Kin Man Hui/San Antonio Express-News) less A commercial truck zooms past a pump jack … [Read more...] about This Texas oil town actually wants the nation’s nuclear waste
By CALmatters January 17, 2019 at 5:54 am By By Julie Cart | CALmatters Gretchen Bakke thinks a lot about power—the kind that sizzles through a complex grid of electrical stations, poles, lines and transformers, keeping the lights on for tens of millions of Californians who mostly take it for granted. They shouldn’t, says Bakke, who grew up in a rural California town regularly darkened by outages. A cultural anthropologist who studies the consequences of institutional failures, she says it’s unclear whether the state’s aging electricity network and its managers can handle what’s about to hit it. California is casting off fossil fuels to become something that doesn’t yet exist: a fully electrified state of 40 million people. Policies are in place requiring a rush of energy from renewable sources such as the sun and wind and calling for millions of electric cars that will need charging—changes that will tax a system already … [Read more...] about As California enters a brave new energy world, can it keep the lights on?
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She weighs as much as a couple of loaded 18-wheelers and has a mind-boggling appetite, but Fort Carson leaders couldn’t be happier with Big Bess.It’s a good thing storage batteries don’t have to meet the same weight requirements as soldiers. Bess is named for her acronym namesake, the Battery Energy Storage System, which was unveiled last week in a Fort Carson ceremony after years of planning and months of construction work.It’s a project that’s designed to save Fort Carson millions of dollars in utility bills while also demonstrating a technology that could help cities across the country deal with growing electricity demands.The scheme involves charging Bess up to her 8.5- megawatt capacity at night when power is cheaper for commercial customers. That stored electricity is discharged during the day, when energy use peaks at the post and the utility costs also reach their highest levels. Colorado Springs area military events starting Jan. … [Read more...] about Meet Big Bess, Fort Carson’s latest recruit