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March 9, 2016

Senate inches toward deal on energy, Flint

Geof Koss, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-03-09 06:35:09

Senators were working yesterday afternoon to resolve the lone objection to an agreement to schedule votes on energy reform legislation and a separate measure to help Flint, Mich., cope with its drinking water crisis. Should talks bear fruit, Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) told reporters, the energy bill, S. 2012, could return to the floor later this week or next week. [ read more … ]

Highly touted $2.2B merger deal falls apart

Christa Marshall, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-03-09 06:35:41

In a statement on the termination, rooftop installer Vivint said SunEdison’s failure to “consummate the merger” according to the agreement’s original terms constituted “a willful breach.” After delivering a letter to SunEdison, the company said it would seek all legal remedies available. SunEdison did not immediately respond to requests for comment. The $2.2 billion deal announced last year came under fire from investors. MarketWatch reported, for example, that banks like Goldman Sachs Group Inc. stalled at providing loans to fund the acquisition after SunEdison did not provide timely financial statements. [ read more … ]

Whole Foods Plans 100 Rooftop Solar Systems

By DIANE CARDWELL, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2016-03-09 06:36:04

Things at Whole Foods are about to get even greener. The grocery chain plans to install as many as 100 rooftop solar systems, mainly through the power provider NRG Energy, on nearly a quarter of its stores and distribution centers, the companies said on Tuesday. SolarCity will also provide systems for the grocer, which could expand the rooftop solar program as the installations proceed.
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Electric bus maker takes on oil

Camille von Kaenel, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-03-09 06:36:58

Ryan Popple jokes that his first job out of college was in transportation, serving as a U.S. Army officer dealing with tanks in Iraq. As the 38-year-old CEO and president of electric bus manufacturer Proterra Inc., Popple is still in transportation. But now he’s trying to reduce the country’s dependence on oil and slow global warming by developing a small but growing sector of the market: electric buses.
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Comment: The Block Island Offshore Wind Project is Just the Beginning

By Rob Sargent, Huffington Post  •    •  Posted 2016-03-09 06:36:24

Looking across the calm, smooth Atlantic waters from the docks of the small island town of New Shoreham, Rhode Island, it may be hard to tell, but preparations are well underway for the nation’s first offshore wind farm to begin operating here before the year ends. Last fall, wind developers laid five foundations for the turbines that will spin in the Atlantic Ocean, three miles southeast of Block Island and east of Long Island. Last week, officials held the latest in a series of community meetings to discuss the action expected in the months ahead. At the moment, the focus is preparing the way for the 20-mile cable that will distribute power from the DeepWater Wind turbines to the mainland. [ read more … ]

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