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Iowa Gov. Reynolds issues statement after new report shows Iowa leads in wind energy jobs

Source: By Brenna Smith, Office of Governor Kim Reynolds and Lt. Governor Adam Gregg • Posted: Thursday, September 14th, 2017

“The newly released Clean Jobs Midwest report highlights what we know to be true in Iowa: renewable energy creates jobs and powers our economy. It’s no surprise Iowa leads the region in wind energy jobs.”

M&Ms’s New Ad Is Selling Renewable Energy And Wind Power

Source: BY JEFF BEER, Fast Company • Posted: Thursday, September 14th, 2017

This week, just ahead of Climate Week, Mars’s M&Ms launched a new consumer campaign called “Fans of Wind” to spread the word and raise awareness around fighting climate change–and what the company itself is doing to fight it. M&Ms says it’s the first major food business to source all of its electricity for its U.S. operations from renewable sources, with wind farms in Mesquite Creek, Texas, and Moy, Scotland, that source enough wind power needed to make all of the M&M’s in the world.

Governor Carney wants Delaware back developing offshore wind

Source: By Recharge News • Posted: Thursday, September 14th, 2017

Governor John Carney has created a working group that will study potential offshore wind environmental and economic development benefits, and signaled that Delaware wants to regain its earlier leadership in the emerging sector along the US east coast. “We must look for ways to participate in the development of alternative energy sources,” he said, tasking the group via an executive order to provide him with recommendations on short- and long-term strategies for developing offshore wind to serve Delaware.

Anheuser-Busch signs wind farm power deal as part of global renewable energy goal

Source: By Lisa Brown, St. Louis Post-Dispatch • Posted: Thursday, September 14th, 2017

Anheuser-Busch InBev has signed a deal to buy power produced by an Oklahoma wind farm as part its global goal to have 100 percent of its purchased electricity come from renewable sources by 2025. A-B, its U.S. subsidiary based in St. Louis, announced a power purchase agreement with Italian renewable energy company Enel Green Power for a portion of the energy produced at Enel’s Thunder Ranch wind farm located in Garfield, Kay and Noble counties in Oklahoma.

Pete Domenici: ‘The undisputed leader on energy issues in the Senate’

Source: Hannah Northey, E&E News reporter • Posted: Thursday, September 14th, 2017

“The undisputed leader on energy issues in the Senate for nearly four decades, Pete saw the need to secure America’s energy future before it was cool, even writing a book on the promise of nuclear energy.”

The Rockies’ largest glaciers are melting with little fanfare

Source: Benjamin Storrow, E&E News reporter • Posted: Thursday, September 14th, 2017

A new world is emerging in the wake of the receding ice. In a vast, glacially carved basin, where towering spires of granite dominate the skyline, a small colony of stunted Engelmann spruce has taken up residence in a pile of rocky debris, some 500 feet above the tree line. Bees flit among the yellow mountain asters dotting the boulder field at the glacier’s base. Grass grows along a stream where there was, until recently, only snow and ice.

Lawmakers move to add other states to oversight of California’s electric grid

Source: By Ivan Penn and Chris Megerian, Los Angles Times • Posted: Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

Under the banner of clean energy growth, lawmakers are working to change oversight of the state’s power grid to include other Western states — a move critics say will surrender California’s control over its own electricity system. On Monday, lawmakers began reviewing a series of amendments introduced late Friday by Assemblyman Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) to alter the structure of the governing body that oversees the California Independent System Operator, the organization that runs the electric grid for much of the state.

Obama’s Solar Goal Has Been Met, Trump’s Energy Department Brags

Source: By Ari Natter, Bloomberg • Posted: Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

The Trump administration announced Tuesday that former President Barack Obama’s goal of slashing the cost of solar power has been achieved early, taking credit for milestone even though the new administration is skeptical of renewable power. “With the impressive decline in solar prices, it is time to address additional emerging challenges,” said Daniel Simmons, the Energy Department’s acting assistant secretary for energy efficiency and renewable energy.

Solar Developers Hoard Panels as U.S. Tariff Threat Looms

Source: By Joe Ryan, Bloomberg • Posted: Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

The disruptions date to about May, after bankrupt panel manufacturer Suniva Inc. filed a trade complaint asking for protection from cheap imports. As the case gained steam, developers rushed to stockpile every available panel. The case is currently before the U.S. International Trade Commission and may eventually reach the Oval Office, where President Donald Trump has the authority to impose tariffs.

Solar Energy Has a Record Quarter Ahead of Tariff Decision

Source: By Travis Hoium, The Motley Fool • Posted: Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

The surprise overall was the rise of some new solar markets. Texas was the second-biggest solar state with 378 MW and North Carolina was No. 3 with 227 MW. No surprise that California was first at 751 MW, but it’s slowing down as installers adapt to new rate structures for commercial and residential projects. The big surprise was Minnesota in the No. 4 spot, topping Arizona. Minnesota has been a big community solar market this year and shows that there are few states where solar can’t be a success story.