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February 1, 2016

Senate hopes to finish broad package by week’s end

Geof Koss, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-02-01 06:46:39

Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) filed an amendment to address the battles playing out nationwide over state net-metering policies. The proposal, backed by Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), would preserve consumer agreements on net metering by limiting state regulators’ powers to impose higher rates. [ read more … ]

Calif. narrowly approves net metering 2.0

Debra Kahn and Anne C. Mulkern, E&E reporters  •    •  Posted 2016-02-01 06:47:23

California utility regulators approved payments for excess rooftop solar generation yesterday but warned that solar customers are getting more than their share of benefits compared to other ratepayers. The California Public Utilities Commission’s 3-2 decision largely preserves the current structure of the state’s net-metering regulation, which pays solar customers retail rates for the electricity they send back to the grid. [ read more … ]

Net metering rules may change Nevada’s green energy strategy

By Sean Whaley, Law Vegas Review-Journal  •    •  Posted 2016-02-01 06:47:59

The vote by state regulators to implement the new, less favorable net metering rates for all rooftop solar customers came after the Legislature in 2015 opted not to take up the issue. Instead, legislation was passed directing the PUC to make the decision, which included the question of whether nonsolar customers of NV Energy, doing business as Nevada Power in Southern Nevada, were subsidizing their net metering neighbors. Net metering allows solar customers to receive a credit for the excess energy they produce. [ read more … ]

State senators discuss green job growth in Rhode Island

By PHILIP COZZOLINO, Narragansett Times  •    •  Posted 2016-02-01 06:48:36

“Rhode Island should be heavily focused on the green economy because that’s where we’re shining,” she said in a phone interview with the Narragansett Times. “Agriculture and aquaculture are doing very well despite some of the regulatory hoops they have to jump through.” [ read more … ]

Comment: Branstad’s support of wind energy drives economy

By John Boorman, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted 2016-02-01 06:48:58

Iowans are plenty familiar with the drill going on right now: Candidates from both sides of the aisle traverse our state, promising different ways they’ll help enrich our families and businesses. But let’s take a moment to thank one man with a 30-year history of delivering on those promises: Gov. Terry Branstad. In particular, Branstad’s strong, consistent support of wind energy has driven economic growth, created thousands of jobs and delivered billions of dollars to our state. [ read more … ]

Gigantic Wind Turbine With 650 Foot Blades Will Channel the Power of Hurricanes

By Maddie Stone, Gizmodo  •    •  Posted 2016-02-01 06:49:21

The DOE wants to step up its wind energy game in a big way. And I mean big. Sandia National Laboratories has been tasked with the challenge of designing an offshore wind turbine that can spin out 50 megawatts of carbon-free juice—using 650 foot blades that harness the fiercest winds on Earth. [ read more … ]

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