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April 7, 2016

Kerry decries ‘politics, sheer politics’ of climate denial

Daniel Cusick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-04-07 06:56:43

Secretary of State John Kerry yesterday implored business leaders to invest more of their money and influence into hastening a global clean energy transition, saying that “unless we harness the power of clean, renewable sources … the consequences will be absolutely devastating.” In his second major policy speech on climate change since nearly 200 nations reached a global climate agreement in Paris in December, Kerry told about 1,000 investors and other business leaders at Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s Future of Energy Summit in New York that a transition to low-carbon energy is critical. [ read more … ]

Dominion defends rule’s goals as ‘feasible’

Rod Kuckro and Elizabeth Harball, E&E reporters  •    •  Posted 2016-04-07 06:57:06

Energy giant Dominion Resources Inc. is making a strong business case in favor of U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan, telling a federal appeals court that compliance with the rule to curb carbon emission from power plants is “feasible” and that “effects on power plants and customers can be successfully managed” with market-based tools. And in a rebuke to opponents of the EPA rule, led by West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, Dominion said their “overly narrow interpretation of the Clean Air Act would be more disruptive to the power sector, and result in higher compliance costs for power plant owners and electricity customers.” [ read more … ]

America’s top 20 solar cities may surprise you

Daniel Cusick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-04-07 06:57:36

Twenty U.S. cities from the West Coast and Hawaii to New York-New Jersey, the Midwest and the Gulf Coast have emerged as urban leaders in solar power, according to data released this morning by the nonprofit group Environment America. In an analysis of solar adoption by U.S. cities, the Environment America Research and Policy Center found that 64 cities account for 1,700 megawatts of photovoltaic solar capacity — almost as much solar energy as the entire country produced in 2010. [ read more … ]

Wind and solar have grown seemingly unstoppable.

By Tom Randall, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2016-04-07 06:58:01

While two years of crashing prices for oil, natural gas, and coal triggered dramatic downsizing in those industries, renewables have been thriving. Clean energy investment broke new records in 2015 and is now seeing twice as much global funding as fossil fuels. One reason is that renewable energy is becoming ever cheaper to produce. Recent solar and wind auctions in Mexico and Morocco ended with winning bids from companies that promised to produce electricity at the cheapest rate, from any source, anywhere in the world, said Michael Liebreich, chairman of the advisory board for Bloomberg New Energy Finance. [ read more … ]

Wind power through a photographer’s lens

By Bryan Steiff, AWEA Blog  •    •  Posted 2016-04-07 06:58:19

I began the project in 2011. I have since driven 15,000 miles in the United States and returned to Scandinavia to take photographs. I have photographed on the side of the road, on the side of a mountain in 70 mph winds and in a tiny boat on the Baltic Sea during a storm. This project has brought me to places I would have never seen otherwise. I hope to return to Europe this year to photograph in Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands. [ read more … ]

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