Utility aims for zero carbon emission from electric power
DENVER (AP) — A utility serving 3.6 million electricity customers in eight states said Tuesday it will try to eliminate all its carbon emissions from electrical generation by 2050.
Xcel Energy CEO Ben Fowke acknowledged that not all the technologies the company needs to meet that goal are available yet on a commercial scale, but he said he is encouraged by advances in clean energy technology.
"If we put our minds to it," Fowke said, "we will find the best solution to get us there."
Wind power capacity moves past coal in Texas
HOUSTON (AP) — Wind power capacity has surpassed that of coal in Texas.
The Houston Chronicle reports that the Electric Reliability Council of Texas says that the start of commercial operations at a 155-megawatt wind farm in West Texas this month pushed the state's wind power capacity to more than 20,000 megawatts. That surpasses the 19,800 megawatts of capacity from coal-fired power plants.
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — New wind farms brought online this year or planned for later this year will quadruple the amount of wind generation in Kansas in just six years, placing the state behind only Texas, Oklahoma, California and Iowa in producing wind energy, an analyst group said.
By Paul Vigeant
We are on the brink of a historic transformation of the energy sector.
The landmark energy bill passed by the state Legislature July 31 commits power distributors in the Commonwealth to significantly increasing their use of clean, renewable sources of energy, including offshore wind.
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