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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

March 31, 2016

Trump opposes carbon tax, backs RFS in questionnaire

Jennifer Yachnin, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-03-30 16:14:28

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump would oppose a carbon tax if elected to the White House, according to documents released yesterday by the American Energy Alliance, which offer the most detailed look at Trump’s energy policies to date. In addition to the carbon tax, the group asked candidates to comment on issues like whether they support continued tax subsidies for the energy industry, whether the renewable fuel standard should be discontinued and whether they would support expanded energy production on public lands.The AEA, the advocacy arm of the Institute for Energy Research, today published candidate questionnaires that it received from both Trump and his primary rival for the GOP presidential nod, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. [ read more … ]

Abengoa files for bankruptcy in U.S.

By Patrick Fitzgerald, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2016-03-30 16:14:48

Abengoa SA, the renewable energy company that operates around the world, this week filed for bankruptcy protection in the United States. The Spanish energy company is now in talks with its bondholders and banks in an effort to agree on a restructuring plan for its more than $16.48 billion in debt. The company filed for Chapter 15 protection, the section of the U.S. bankruptcy code that handles cross-border insolvencies.
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Climate Policy’s Advocates Take Page From Same-Sex Marriage Playbook

By CORAL DAVENPORT, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2016-03-30 16:15:26

Two months ahead of a federal court hearing on President Obama’s signature climate change rule, a coordinated public relations offensive has begun — modeled after the same-sex marriage campaign — to influence the outcome of the case. A national coalition of liberal and environmental advocacy groups, state attorneys general, mayors and even some businesses are adhering to the strategy that a network of gay rights and other advocacy groups began in the months before the Supreme Court heard arguments in the same-sex marriage case, Obergefell v. Hodges, last year. Those advocates cannot be certain, but they said they believed it had influenced the opinions of the justices, who ruled in June that the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage. [ read more … ]

Nev. plant solves quandary of how to store sunshine

Phil Taylor, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-03-30 16:16:06

The Crescent Dunes solar plant stands like a beacon in the midst of vast desert. By day, the plant’s 10,000 billboard-sized mirrors focus sunlight onto the top of a Washington Monument-sized tower, heating molten salt to more than 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit. The salt is kept in a massive insulated tank until it’s needed to generate electricity. When released, the salt heats water to steam, which drives a turbine that generates power. But unlike most solar plants, Crescent Dunes can deliver electricity long after the sun has dipped below the horizon. Fittingly, the plant sent its first electrons to the grid last October during the night. [ read more … ]

Wyoming wind tax collections fall by 15 percent

By Benjamin Storrow, The Billings Gazette  •    •  Posted 2016-03-30 16:16:34

Wyoming wind revenues fell by 15 percent in 2015, an unwelcome drop at a time when the the state is already suffering the effects of a pronounced downturn in the oil, natural gas and coal sectors. The Cowboy State became the first in the nation to tax wind production when it passed a $1-per-megawatt-hour tax in 2010. Tax collections have bounced around ever since, rising from $2.6 million in 2012 — the first year the levy was imposed — to $4.4 million in 2014. Last year, the state collected $3.7 million. [ read more … ]

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