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October 15, 2013

Clean Energy Investment Headed for Second Annual Decline

By Sally Bakewell, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2013-10-15 06:55:11

The $45.9 billion spent makes it “almost certain” that annual investment in renewables and energy-smart technologies will fall for the second consecutive year from $281 billion in 2012, Bloomberg New Energy Finance said in a statement. Investment in the quarter was 20 percent lower than the same period last year as spending in China, the U.S. and Europe fell. The U.S. saw the largest decline, sliding 41 percent to $5.5 billion, according to the London-based research company. [ read more … ]

Same-state regulators and lawmakers approach existing power rules from opposite angles

Jean Chemnick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-10-15 06:55:35

Coal-state champions in Congress have expressed grave concerns about how U.S. EPA’s forthcoming carbon emissions rule for today’s power plants might affect their home-state utilities. But although Republicans and some Democratic members from states heavily reliant on coal — including West Virginia, Kentucky and Missouri — say their states’ power sectors may not survive the plans EPA has in store for them, the air quality regulators and public utility commissioners who will implement that rule back in their home states take a less dim view. [ read more … ]

Nebraska utility criticized for wind energy vote

Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2013-10-15 06:55:54

Nebraska Farmers Union President John Hansen cited estimates from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory that show 200 megawatts of wind energy development would provide between $174 million and $328 million for Nebraska. “Nebraskans will miss this enormous economic development opportunity at a time when rural landowners and communities are hungry for these new revenue streams from new jobs and tax revenues,” Hansen said. “Harvesting Nebraska’s world class wind energy, ranked the third best in the nation, is a win-win for our economy and our environment.” [ read more … ]

Oil Company Owner Publishes Concerns Over Wind Energy Line

By: WIBW (Posted by Melissa Brunner)  •    •  Posted 2013-10-15 06:56:13

A Kansas oil company is going public with its concerns over a proposed wind energy transmission line. Kurt Mai, owner of Mai Oil in Russell, Kansas, took out a two-page ad in Monday’s Topeka Capital Journal newspaper. It spells out his concerns over the proposed Grain Belt Express line. [ read more … ]

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