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Renewable energy made up 30 percent of OPPD’s retail sales in 2017

Source: By Cole Eppley, Omaha World Herald • Posted: Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

Renewable energy primarily derived from wind whistling across the Nebraska plains accounted for 30 percent of the Omaha Public Power District’s retail energy sales in 2017. That marks a significant milestone for the traditionally coal-heavy utility, especially considering that renewables accounted for just 13 percent of OPPD’s retail sales in 2016. “(30 percent) is what our original estimate was for 2018,” OPPD President and Chief Executive Tim Burke

Buffett’s Squeezing More Power Out of Wind With This Software

Source: By Jim Efstathiou Jr., Bloomberg • Posted: Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

Operators of U.S. wind farms including Warren Buffett’s energy company are turning to technology designed to squeeze more power out of every turbine. MidAmerican Energy Co. is using software from Uptake Technologies Inc. that gathers data from turbines to help operators spot potential malfunctions before they happen. In one case, a bearing failure was spotted and fixed at a “significant cost saving,” Adam Wright, MidAmerican Energy’s chief executive officer said in an email

100 lawmakers ask Trump to reconsider security strategy

Source: Nick Sobczyk, E&E News reporter • Posted: Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

A bipartisan group of more than 100 House lawmakers yesterday asked President Trump to reconsider omitting climate change from the list of security threats in his first National Security Strategy. The strategy — released last month — marked a major, if unsurprising, departure from the Obama administration on climate policy in the national security space

Moniz on DOE NOPR: ‘No identification of a public good’

Source: By Gavin Bade, Utility Dive • Posted: Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

“I think that policies should not be aimed at a particular technology so much as a particular public good,” he said. “If it’s zero-emissions power you want, whatever you do it should be for zero-emissions power and not single out wind or solar.”

Maryland will join alliance of states supporting Paris climate agreement, Hogan says

Source: By Scott Dance, Baltimore Sun • Posted: Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

Seven months after a bipartisan group of governors formed the U.S. Climate Alliance in support of the Paris climate accord — and after he previously questioned the purpose of the group — Gov. Larry Hogan said Maryland will join, after all. The alliance formed in June in response to President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris climate accord, under which virtually all of the nations in the world agreed to take steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

How Trump’s Tax Plan Made It Harder to Finance Renewables

Source: By Brian Eckhouse and Christopher Martin, Bloomberg • Posted: Saturday, January 13th, 2018

PosiGen is one of many companies that are suddenly facing a new financing reality because of the tax overhaul, especially clean-energy developers seeking tax-equity deals. At least $3 billion in potential deals are on hold for this type of financing, according to John Marciano, a Washington-based partner at law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. Some investors have exited or are sidelined, while others are considering repricing their transactions.

Berkshire Energy Unit Names Fehrman CEO to Replace Potential Buffett Successor

Source: By Jonathan Stempel, REUTERS • Posted: Friday, January 12th, 2018

Berkshire Hathaway Inc’s energy unit on Thursday named William Fehrman as its new chief executive to replace Gregory Abel, who was promoted a day earlier to oversee more Berkshire units, and potentially succeed Warren Buffett. Fehrman, 57, joined the energy unit, Berkshire Hathaway Energy Co, in 2006.

Electric Vehicle Tax Credit Survives, but G.M. and Tesla Aren’t Cheering

Source: By JAMES B. STEWART, New York Times • Posted: Friday, January 12th, 2018

Hardly anyone expected renewable energy subsidies to survive Republican tax reform. In the legislation the House of Representatives passed in November, Republicans drastically curtailed solar and wind power subsidies and put a stake in the heart of the tax credit for buyers of electric vehicles — all while preserving billions in subsidies for fossil fuels. Yet in the final tax bill Mr. Trump signed in December, there they are: the full panoply of tax incentives for renewable energy, as well as the $7,500 electric vehicle tax credit.

One Of U.S.’ ‘Most Fracked Regions’ Adopts 100% Renewables Goal

Source: By Joseph Bebon, North American Wind Power • Posted: Friday, January 12th, 2018

On Tuesday, the Longmont, Colo., city council voted to approve a resolution committing the community in a shift away from fossil fuels and to transition to 100% renewable electricity by 2030. According to the Sierra Club, the city council resolution builds off of Longmont Mayor Brian Bagley’s proclamation signed on Dec. 5 establishing a vision for powering the community entirely with clean and renewable sources of energy like wind and solar.

Nelson, governors want answers on Zinke’s Fla. about-face

Source: Geof Koss, E&E News reporter • Posted: Friday, January 12th, 2018

Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) is questioning whether Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s decision yesterday to suddenly withdraw federal waters off Florida from the department’s five-year leasing plan violated administrative law. Nelson, who repeatedly derided Zinke’s move as a “political stunt” in a Senate floor speech this afternoon, outlined questions in a letter to the secretary, noting the general public is now being asked to comment on something “vastly different” from what was published in the Federal Register on Monday.