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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

March 23, 2016

Smith dismisses tech spending as wish list for cronies

Christa Marshall, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-03-23 06:31:44

The chairman of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee slammed the Department of Energy’s budget request yesterday as “a wish list for the White House’s political allies.”
Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) said large proposed increases for renewables and sustainable transportation do not reflect congressional priorities. The administration is proposing a 21 percent increase in clean energy research and development as part of Mission Innovation, a plan to address climate change in conjunction with other countries by speeding up technology development. [ read more … ]

Spending bills on hold until budget resolved — Ryan

Geof Koss, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-03-23 06:24:54

Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) signaled yesterday that the fiscal 2017 spending bills won’t come to the floor until the House sorts out its intraparty squabbling over the budget resolution. While the House Appropriations Committee is set to launch its first markup of the year tomorrow, with the military construction and Veterans Affairs appropriations bill in subcommittee, Ryan said the bills won’t proceed to the floor until the budget is resolved. [ read more … ]

New climate czar charged with making Paris promises a reality

Jean Chemnick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-03-23 06:26:08

Jonathan Pershing, who will become the top U.S. diplomat on climate issues next month, has spent the last three years at the Department of Energy working to make the U.S. commitment in Paris easier to achieve. Since stepping down in 2013 as deputy to outgoing U.S. Special Envoy for Climate Change Todd Stern, Pershing has been responsible for helping DOE align its advanced energy research and policy with the Obama administration’s climate priorities. That’s meant supporting everything from U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan to the U.S. position at last year’s landmark climate summit in the French capital.
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Rhode Island touts wind farm project off Block Island

By Mark Harrington, Newsday  •    •  Posted 2016-03-23 06:26:32

As Long Island’s power utility once again mulls taking the plunge into wind power, the state of Rhode Island took a pre-victory lap here last week at a staging facility for the nation’s first offshore wind farm. Rhode Island officials, including Gov. Gina M. Raimondo, took note of cooperation among state, industry and labor leaders to pave the way for the project, a 5-turbine wind farm situated several miles from the Block Island coast that will supply 90 percent of the island’s power. [ read more … ]

China Plans 22% Boost for Wind Power Capacity After Record 2015

By Bloomberg News  •    •  Posted 2016-03-23 06:26:55

China plans to increase total wind power capacity by 22 percent in 2016, underscoring the government’s effort to develop clean energy at about the same pace as last year’s record installations. The nation plans to develop 30.83 gigawatts of wind power this year, the National Energy Administration said in a statement on its website on Monday. It added 33 gigawatts in 2015, triple France’s entire capacity of the clean resource, according to data from NEA.
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Utilities to lose $2B to rooftop panels in 2019

E&E  •    •  Posted 2016-03-23 06:27:25

Conventional power plant operators are set to lose $2 billion in annual revenue starting in 2019 as increasing residential solar panel installations decrease grid demand. More than a million U.S. homes will have solar panels by the end of April, and grid managers are responding to this by planning to purchase 1,400 fewer megawatts from power plants by 2019, according to consultancy ICF International Inc. [ read more … ]

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