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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

March 10, 2016

Obama admin OKs turbine siting for huge Wyo. wind project

Scott Streater, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-03-10 06:30:46

The Obama administration gave preliminary approval yesterday for siting the first 500 turbines in a southeast Wyoming project that’s projected to become one of the world’s largest wind farms. At issue is the Bureau of Land Management’s release of an environmental assessment (EA) and draft finding of no significant impact for siting 500 turbines in the Chokecherry and Sierra Madre Wind Energy Project. [ read more … ]

Big Wyoming wind farm clears another government hurdle

By MEAD GRUVER, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2016-03-10 06:31:12

One of the biggest wind projects under development in North America cleared another regulatory hurdle Wednesday with the release of a federal environmental study looking at the first-phase installation of 500 wind turbines. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s environmental analysis tentatively allows planning for the Chokecherry-Sierra Madre wind project south of Rawlins to continue. The agency found no new problems after looking at exactly where the developers propose to put the turbines. [ read more … ]

Utilities challenge Calif.’s net-metering protection

Anne C. Mulkern, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-03-10 06:32:31

A program that pays California residents for the extra electricity made by their rooftop solar panels came under renewed attack yesterday. Utilities and others appealed the California Public Utility Commission’s January decision that largely preserved net energy metering, or NEM. The rule in the Golden State requires utilities to pay solar customers retail rates for the electricity they send back to the grid. [ read more … ]

Las Vegas casinos seek to power their bright lights with renewable energy

By Daniel Hernandez, The Guardian  •    •  Posted 2016-03-10 06:32:53

In recent months, three of Nevada’s largest casino companies – MGM Resorts, Wynn, and Las Vegas Sands – have announced plans to buy and produce more renewable energy for their hotels, a move driven both by increasing demand for responsible energy use from the companies that rent their conference halls, and a surplus of cheap power from solar farms in Nevada and California. “It’s no accident that we put the array on top of a conference center. This is good business for us,” said Cindy Ortega, chief sustainability officer at MGM Resorts. “We are looking at leaving the power system, and one of the reasons for that is we can procure more renewable energy on the open market.” [ read more … ]

U.S. Solar Growth Will More Than Double in 2016, Study Finds

By Joe Ryan, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2016-03-10 06:33:35

U.S. solar installations are expected to more than double this year, driven by falling equipment prices and federal tax credits. Solar companies will add 16 gigawatts of panels in the U.S. in 2016, up from 7.3 gigawatts in 2015, according to a study released Wednesday by the Solar Energy Industries Association, a Washington-based trade group. [ read more … ]

Comment: Creating more American wind energy helps us keep promises

By Tom Kiernan, Roberta Combs, Michele Combs, The Hill  •    •  Posted 2016-03-10 06:31:44

When you turn your lights on at home, how often do you think about your family, your children or your children’s children? For more and more young families and young voters across the country, the answer is every single time. That’s because how we choose to produce the electricity needed to power America has a lasting impact on our health, our wallets and our jobs.
Air pollution still poses a threat to our families’ health every day. Power plants that contribute to this pollution are now more expensive and less efficient than the clean energy sources scaling up fast on America’s power grid. That means America’s electricity doesn’t have to hit U.S. families and homeowners in the pockets and the lungs. [ read more … ]

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