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March 16, 2016

In about-face, Obama says no drilling in Atlantic

Emily Yehle, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-03-16 06:54:27

“We heard from many corners that now is not the time to offer oil and gas leasing off the Atlantic Coast,” Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said. “When you factor in conflicts with national defense, economic activities such as fishing and tourism, and opposition from many local communities, it simply doesn’t make sense to move forward with any lease sales in the coming five years.” [ read more … ]

U.S. at ‘turning point’ for solar — White House adviser

Christa Marshall, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-03-16 06:55:03

During a briefing on Capitol Hill this morning, presidential climate adviser Dan Utech said renewable energy was at a “turning point.” He said the administration would continue pushing for cleaner energy and action against global warming “with everything we’ve got.” Utech said tax credits that Congress extended last year would make it easier for states to rely on solar and other renewables to comply with the Clean Power Plan, if the courts don’t strike it down. Without the credits, switching from coal to gas would be more attractive. [ read more … ]

House Dems back Obama’s bid for Mission Innovation funding

Christa Marshall and Amanda Reilly, E&E reporters  •    •  Posted 2016-03-16 06:56:10

Democrats are urging House appropriators to support the president’s budget request for renewable power and efficiency to ensure an “all of the above” energy strategy. In a letter to the chairman and ranking member of the House Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee, 122 House members urged support for the $2.898 billion request for the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, which is more than $800 million above last year’s level. [ read more … ]

San Diego company proposes $200M Iowa wind farm

By Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted 2016-03-16 06:55:29

A San Diego-based alternative energy company has proposed building a $200 million wind farm in rural Plymouth County. County Zoning Administrator Alan Lucken says EDF Renewable Energy is interested in building the project between Le Mars and Kingsley. Company officials will meet with rural landowners this week to discuss the construction of about 100 windmills. The company didn’t return phone calls from the Sioux City Journal Monday. [ read more … ]

Nevada Solar Power Business Struggles To Keep The Lights On

By Jeff Brady, National Public Radio  •    •  Posted 2016-03-16 06:56:40

Nevada’s home solar business is in turmoil as the state’s Public Utilities Commission starts to phase out incentives for homeowners who install rooftop solar panels. Some of the largest solar companies have stopped seeking new business in the state and laid off hundreds of workers. Even for small solar installers, this once-booming business has slowed to a trickle. The warehouse at Robco Electric in Las Vegas was filled to capacity with pallets of solar panels stacked high last year. Now, it’s nearly empty. [ read more … ]

$2 Billion Loss for Generators as a Million U.S. Roofs Get Solar

By Bloomberg News  •    •  Posted 2016-03-16 06:57:07

Rooftop solar is casting a $2 billion shadow over power generators across the eastern U.S. With more than a million U.S. houses set to have solar panels by the end of next month, grid managers serving the eastern U.S. plan to cut the amount of electricity they buy from conventional plants by about 1,400 megawatts, starting in 2019, according to industry consultant ICF International Inc. That’s enough juice to power about 780,000 households.
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