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April 6, 2016

Obstacles remain on Senate energy bill, Flint aid

George Cahlink, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-04-06 06:45:01

Energy overhaul legislation and an aid package for Flint, Mich., remain stalled in the Senate with no prospects for quick action. “I keep hearing that they’re closer and closer to resolution, but they haven’t gotten there yet. I’m not giving up hope,” said Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas).
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Berkshire Hathaway Sees Power Market as Electrons’

By Maureen Malik, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2016-04-06 06:45:46

Warren Buffett joked in his letter to shareholders last month that he’s “not ready for Tinder,” the dating app. Turns out, some of his holdings are ready for electronic match ups. Berkshire Hathaway Inc.’s energy unit has been courting three dozen power transmission operators in the western U.S. to join its utilities and the California grid in trading power across their borders electronically and instantaneously. This means traders wouldn’t need to pick up the phone or send e-mails each hour to schedule the purchase and sale of renewables while hoping the sun and wind hold out until the next hour. [ read more … ]

Offshore Wind Key to New York Meeting Renewable Energy Targets

By Joe Ryan, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2016-04-06 06:46:22

New York will need to tap offshore wind, one of the most expensive sources of electricity, to meet its clean energy goals, according to the state’s chairman of energy and finance. “We are not going to be achieve our 50 percent goals by 2030 without offshore wind,” said Richard Kauffman, the former chairman of Levi Strauss & Co. who was appointed by Governor Andrew Cuomo to revamp New York’s energy system. [ read more … ]

Solar advocates say new pricing plans will hurt progress

By Donnelle Eller, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted 2016-04-06 06:52:59

Iowa’s two largest utilities want to build big community solar gardens that could give customers record access to alternative energy from wind and solar. But their plans come at a potentially high price, renewable energy advocates contend. MidAmerican’s and Alliant’s proposals for paying consumers for the solar energy they generate at their homes, businesses and stores could double or triple the time needed to recoup the investment, essentially quashing development of the fledgling industry in the state. [ read more … ]

SunEdison May Be Biggest Renewable Debacle With Least Impact

By Joe Ryan, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2016-04-06 06:53:37

he collapse of SunEdison Inc. may be among the most resounding single downfalls in the history of solar. Yet the impact on the clean energy industry could be little more than a hiccup. The aggressive expansions and crushing debt load that pushed the Maryland Heights, Missouri, company to the brink of bankruptcy as it lost $9.2 billion in equity in nine months are not emblematic of the industry at large, according to clean energy analysts and executives interviewed at the Bloomberg New Energy Finance summit in New York, which continues Tuesday. Rather, they said, the solar and wind industries remain on sound footing, poised to grow briskly in the years ahead. [ read more … ]

In the energy world, renewables have already arrived

By Kevin Haley, The Hill  •    •  Posted 2016-04-06 06:54:02

Many of us enjoy a good social media-inspired “Throw Back Thursday,” a time to revisit amusing photos or memories of a past age when we were young and naïve, so to speak. Not many of us take it quite as literally, however, as the Koch-backed Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF) did recently, when they published an anti-renewable energy hit piece in The Hill titled “Renewables are incapable of replacing hydrocarbons at scale.” [ read more … ]

In Race to Improve Batteries, Nanotechnology Provides Hope

By The Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2016-04-06 06:54:35

n the global race to create more efficient and long-lasting batteries, some are betting on nanotechnology — the use of minuscule parts — as the most likely to yield a breakthrough. Improving batteries’ performance is key to the development and success of many much-hyped technologies, from solar and wind energy to electric cars. They need to hold more energy, last longer, be cheaper and safer. [ read more … ]

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