North Dakota oil production increased by 3.4% to almost 1.27 million barrels per day in July, breaking the previous record of 1.25 million barrels per day set in May. Natural gas production also climbed to an all-time high of 2.4 billion cubic feet per day in July.
An inability to control our tempers can be exacerbated by a failure to stop and reflect, as well as physical factors such as a lack of sleep and exercise, writes Dan Rockwell. Show leadership by deliberately replacing frustration with acts of generosity, he writes.
About 50% of renewable energy growth in the US since 2000 has been tied to state-level renewable portfolio standards, emphasizing the importance of such mechanisms, according to a Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory report. Other factors spurring the industry include the wind energy Production Tax Credit, falling costs and corporate sustainability goals.
Michigan's Thumb region is saturated with wind farms and it's time for developers to look in new areas, says Sempra Renewables Manager of Government and Community Affairs Lisa Briggs, whose company is struggling to build a new wind farm in Casnovia Township. "With improvements in wind turbine technology, areas that maybe weren't viable a few years ago are now viable. Southwest Michigan is one of those areas," says Briggs.
The Defense Department's process for reviewing and approving wind farms near military sites is working and there's no need to change it, write Bishop Garrison and Sarah Hunt, co-founders of Joseph Rainey Center for Public Policy. Wind, they argue, is important for national security and compatible with military operations.
A consortium led by the Redwood Coast Energy Authority filed a proposal with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management last week seeking approval for a floating offshore wind farm that would be located off the coast of California and feature up to 15 turbines. The proposal, if approved, could start the process for a competitive bidding round.
Utility companies began submitting bids for 2018 rounds of the Alberta, Canada, renewable energy procurement auction that could ultimately lead to $1 billion of construction in southeastern Alberta. The bidding process, with supply contract awards due in December, led in 2017 to Capital Power's recent start of construction of the 58-turbine first phase of the Whitla facility.
Coal-burning power plants in the US will continue to retire, despite the actions of the Trump administration, says Matt Hoza, manager of energy analysis at BTU Analytics, citing Energy Information Administration data. An EIA report out last week notes that Kansas and Iowa are adding more turbines and may source most of their electricity needs from wind soon.
Converting to 100% renewables may require a sizable financial investment, but rising water levels and more natural disasters due to climate change are a much bigger concern -- especially for coastal states like South Carolina, writes the editorial board of The Post and Courier in Charleston, S.C. The board urges lawmakers to nix laws that discourage renewables, like capping the tax credits residents can receive for solar.
The Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station in New Jersey will permanently shut down today after nearly 50 years of operation. It was the oldest operational nuclear plant in the US.