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February 4, 2016

Bill would support wind research at DOE

Christa Marshall, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-02-04 06:24:14

Rep. Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.) introduced legislation yesterday to support wind research at the Department of Energy. The “Wind Energy Research and Development Act of 2016” directs DOE to conduct a research-and-development program to improve the efficiency of wind generation capacity, optimize its design and reduce costs associated with permitting and other issues. It also outlines a variety of wind technologies for department attention, such as offshore floating systems and “projects to assess and mitigate the impacts of hurricane wind flow.” [ read more … ]

MidAmerican Energy completes wind farms

By George C. Ford, The Gazette  •    •  Posted 2016-02-04 06:24:46

MidAmerican Energy on Wednesday said it has completed two major wind energy installations in Iowa, adding more than 1,200 megawatts of electric generation. The Highland wind farm in O’Brien County, which began providing electricity on Dec. 3, 2015, is the fifth and final piece of MidAmerican Energy’s Wind VIII project — the Des Moines utility’s largest wind energy project to date. [ read more … ]

Lankford pushes for end to federal wind production subsidy

By The Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2016-02-04 06:25:12

U.S. Sen. James Lankford is pushing for an end to a federal tax subsidy for the production of electricity through wind power. The first-term Republican from Oklahoma introduced an amendment Tuesday that would not allow any more companies to qualify for the tax credit after 2019. The amendment was proposed to the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2016, which is being debated in the Senate this week.
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Clinton rolls out energy efficiency plan

By Devin Henry, The Hill  •    •  Posted 2016-02-04 06:25:38

Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign Tuesday rolled out a plan to increase building energy efficiency standards as a way to cut emissions and save on energy costs. The plan, her campaign said Tuesday, looks to improve building codes, provide more information about buildings’ energy usage and expand appliance energy labeling as ways to reduce energy consumption. [ read more … ]

Renewable energy is the lowest-cost Clean Power Plan compliance solution, finds new analysis

By MICHAEL GOGGIN, AWEA  •    •  Posted 2016-02-04 06:26:02

Study finds renewable energy is the most affordable way to comply with the Clean Power Plan. Renewable energy accounts for virtually all of the new generation additions in the lowest-cost solution for complying with Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan (CPP), according to new economic modeling using a Department of Energy tool. [ read more … ]

RGGI gets mixed signals on mingling with other states

Emily Holden, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-02-04 06:26:23

The nine-state Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative is continuing to weigh linking its cap-and-trade system with other states that will use carbon markets to comply with federal climate change regulations. RGGI officials yesterday heard a range of views from companies and advocates invested in the program. They ranged from enthusiastic proponents of carbon trading who say the system should set an example for other states to more wary environmental groups worried that expanding trading could water down the program’s climate benefits. [ read more … ]

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