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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

January 13, 2017

Today’s Wind & Solar Energy News will not be published on Monday for Martin Luther King’s Birthday. It will resume on Tuesday.

New York seeks to develop U.S.’s biggest offshore wind projects

By Scott DiSavino, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2017-01-13 06:46:05

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo this week proposed to develop up to 2,400 megawatts (MW) of offshore wind power by 2030 capable of powering 1.25 million homes as the state seeks to lead the nation in renewable energy production. The offshore wind proposal came after the Democratic governor said on Monday that Entergy Corp’s 2,069-MW Indian Point nuclear power plant in Westchester County would shut by 2021 and the state planned to replace its power output with renewable and low carbon energy sources. [ read more … ]

Lawmakers: Utility-scale wind farm poses security threat

By EMERY P. DALES, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2017-01-13 06:46:55

North Carolina legislators want the incoming Trump administration to shut down a nearly complete, $400 million wind farm they believe poses a national security threat because it’s too close to a long-distance surveillance radar installation. Ten legislators including the leaders of the state House and Senate signed a letter sent to President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team, House Speaker Tim Moore’s spokesman Joseph Kyzer said Thursday. [ read more … ]

US States With Clean Energy Are Creating Jobs & Economic Growth

By Joshua S Hill, Clean Technica  •    •  Posted 2017-01-13 06:46:27

A new study has concluded that states like Iowa, California, & Texas, which have strong clean energy industries, are also attracting businesses and creating jobs in the thousands. The “groundbreaking study” released this week by the US Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) and the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) ranked all 50 US states based on the ease with which some of America’s “most recognizable brands” are able to procure domestic renewable energy. [ read more … ]

Where are Colorado’s 62,000 clean energy jobs?

By Cathy Proctor, The Business Journal  •    •  Posted 2017-01-13 06:47:56

Colorado has 62,000 people working in the clean energy sector, according to a new report from Environmental Entrepreneurs, a national nonpartisan business group. The “Clean Jobs Colorado” report said the jobs in 2015 were clustered in the counties along Colorado’s Front Range, including Denver, Arapahoe, Jefferson, Adams, Douglas, Boulder, Larimer, Weld, El Paso and Mesa counties. [ read more … ]

Bill would penalize utilities for wind-generated electricity for Wyoming customers

By Heather Richards, Wyoming Star Trubune  •    •  Posted 2017-01-13 06:48:43

A bill proposed by six state lawmakers would charge utilities a penalty if they use wind or solar energy to provide Wyoming consumers with electricity. If Senate File 71 were law, there would be six permissible resources for generating electricity for Wyomingites, including natural gas and coal. Wind and solar are not on the list, except for individual use. Utilities would have a year to reach the first compliance milestone of the bill, in which each company would have to get 95 percent of its Wyoming-sold energy from the approved resources. [ read more … ]

Arab gulf firms set their sights on the region’s growing appetite for solar power

By Tom DiChristopher, CNBC  •    •  Posted 2017-01-13 06:47:35

Some of the world’s top oil exporters want to be major players in solar power, too. Middle East and North African countries, blessed by ample sunlight and open space, are increasingly adopting solar power. But it’s not European, Chinese or American companies taking the lead on some of the region’s largest solar parks. It’s local firms that are relatively new to renewable energy. [ read more … ]

Opinion: Republicans want to fight climate change, but fossil-fuel bullies won’t let them

By Sheldon Whitehouse, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2017-01-13 06:48:21

Talking to my Senate Republican colleagues about climate change is like talking to prisoners about escaping. The conversations are often private, even furtive. One told me, “Let’s keep talking, but you can’t let my staff know.” The dirty secret is that climate change is not really a partisan issue in Congress. [ read more … ]

Note: News clips provided do not necessarily reflect the views of coalition or its member governors.