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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

March 25, 2016

With climate rule on hold, should states worry about deadlines?

Emily Holden, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-03-25 06:46:20

Critics of U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan are urging states to stop planning for the electricity sector regulation, arguing they will get extra time to meet carbon targets if the courts uphold the rule. But despite a Supreme Court order that could halt the standards for at least the next year and a half, supporters believe judges could adhere to most of the agency’s original timeline and require emissions cuts starting in 2022. [ read more … ]

Solar incentives sunset as states grapple with tight budgets

By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, The Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2016-03-25 06:49:19

Thousands of homeowners and small businesses in New Mexico — the second sunniest state in the nation — have invested nearly a quarter billion dollars in roof-top solar and related labor thanks to a program fueled by tax credits. Supporters say the investment has paid off. A record number of solar panels went up in 2015 and job growth within the industry jumped by more than 18 percent, signaling new economic opportunities for the struggling state. [ read more … ]

U.S. rooftop energy potential 80% more than thought — study

Christa Marshall, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-03-25 06:49:56

U.S. rooftops could generate 80 percent more energy from solar panels than previously thought, according to a new analysis from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Using a combination of aerial surveys, on-the-ground counting and supercomputing, researchers found rooftop solar holds the potential to generate 1,432 terawatt-hours of annual energy, up from the estimated 800 terawatt-hours in 2008. The amount of possible installed capacity from rooftop solar photovoltaics also jumped from 664 gigawatts to 1,118 GW. The three-year analysis projected the level of energy that could be generated in theory if PV systems were installed on all suitable U.S. business and residential rooftops. [ read more … ]

Developing countries now lead in clean energy investment

Daniel Cusick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-03-25 06:50:25

For the first time, developing countries invested more in renewable energy capacity in 2015 than their wealthier counterparts, helping drive global spending on clean energy generation to $266 billion, according to data released this morning by the United Nations Environment Programme. In its 10th annual report on global renewable energy investment, UNEP and partners the Frankfurt School and Bloomberg New Energy Finance found that global spending on renewable energy rose 18 percent in emerging countries, to $156 billion, while dropping 8 percent in developed nations. [ read more … ]

Most weather forecasters convinced of global warming — surveys

Amanda Reilly, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-03-25 06:51:05

The overwhelming majority of meteorologists believe climate change is happening, and more weather professionals have become convinced of it over the past five years, according to the results of two surveys released today. More than 99 percent of broadcast weather forecasters believed climate change is occurring, and 68 percent believed that it is largely caused by humans, a survey of TV weathercasters nationwide found. [ read more … ]

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