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April 8, 2016

Nebraska lawmakers overcome filibuster, advance bill to strike regulations on wind energy

By Joe Duggan and Paul Hammel, Omaha World-Herald Bureau  •    •  Posted 2016-04-08 04:44:10

Wind energy developers say their industry has been shackled by state regulations that make it difficult to export electricity from Nebraska. State lawmakers advanced a bill Thursday that advocates say will allow the free flow of Nebraska wind power to out-of-state markets. And lawmakers predicted it would encourage aggressive private development of wind farms that would otherwise go to Iowa, Kansas or Oklahoma. “It’s going to happen somewhere,” said State Sen. Al Davis of Hyannis. “We can stand by and wring our hands, or we can take the plunge and move forward.” While Iowa had more than 6,200 megawatts of wind power capacity last year and Kansas had nearly 3,800 megawatts, Nebraska had 890. [ read more … ]

MA State energy board turns down Cape Wind permit extension

By Boston Globe Staff  •    •  Posted 2016-04-08 04:46:29

A state energy board Wednesday officially denied Cape Wind’s request to extend its permits for two power lines necessary to connect the offshore energy project to the mainland. The Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board said extending the permits to May 1, 2017 would be “unreasonable” because the agency believes the project is years away from ever getting started. [ read more … ]

Global renewables grew at fastest rate on record in 2015: research

By Nina Chestney, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2016-04-08 04:46:07

Renewable energy generation capacity expanded by 8.3 percent last year to 1,985 gigawatts globally, the fastest annual rate on record, data from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) showed on Thursday. The strong growth was mainly due to a continued decline in technology costs. Overall, capacity has increased by roughly a third over the last five years, mostly fueled by new installations of wind and solar energy. [ read more … ]

Leaving clean energy policies to states can spur jobs — study

Daniel Cusick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-04-08 04:47:02

State policies that promote advanced energy technologies could stimulate more than 160,000 new jobs annually in the Southeast and establish long-term economic stability for states from Florida to Virginia, new research from the American Jobs Project shows. In Rust Belt states Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania, advances in wind and solar power, along with smart buildings and energy efficiency, could drive the creation of an additional 50,000 high-wage jobs annually, the Berkeley, Calif.-based group found. [ read more … ]

Conservatives, public health experts weigh in on climate risks

Umair Irfan, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-04-08 04:47:41

Climate change poses an urgent public health risk, the White House announced yesterday in a sweeping new federal report the administration touted as the most exhaustive assessment ever done of the links between rising global temperatures and disease. The report, “The Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States: A Scientific Assessment,” formally unveiled at the White House, finds that devastating heat, more miserable allergies and air that’s harder to breathe loom in the future if greenhouse gases continue to rise. [ read more … ]

In turnaround, Ivanpah plant gets on track to meet projections

Anne C. Mulkern, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-04-08 04:48:17

The Ivanpah solar tower plant in California’s Mojave Desert has doubled the amount of power it’s making versus a year ago, putting it on track to hit the total it promised the state, operator NRG Energy Inc. said yesterday. The largest power tower project in the world, the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System last month received a six-month extension to reach the electricity total in a power purchase agreement (PPA) with utility Pacific Gas and Electric Co. [ read more … ]

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