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April 13, 2016

House denies admin priorities in energy and water spending bill

George Cahlink, Hannah Hess, Tiffany Stecker and Christa Marshall, E&E reporters  •    •  Posted 2016-04-13 06:52:48

The Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy would take a hit under the plan. Appropriators are requesting $1.8 billion, $200 million below last year’s level and more than $1 billion below President Obama’s request. The office is key to the administration’s plans to address climate change through Mission Innovation, a global plan among 20 countries to double clean energy research and development spending in five years. DOE and many of EERE’s renewable, efficiency and sustainable transportation programs would help implement that plan in the United States. The administration called for a 60 percent increase in wind research and a 40 percent jump in geothermal programs, for example.
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DOE science programs are ‘high priority’ — Sen. Alexander

Geof Koss, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-04-13 06:51:54

A key Appropriations subcommittee chairman signaled yesterday that the Department of Energy’s Office of Science will be a top funding priority in the fiscal 2017 energy-water development spending bill expected on the Senate floor next week. Energy-Water Subcommittee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) declined to delve into the details of the bill ahead of this afternoon’s subcommittee markup but told E&E Daily yesterday that it would follow the course that he and ranking member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) have set in recent years. [ read more … ]

US wind energy output hit record in ’15, industry group says

By The Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2016-04-13 06:51:02

Wind energy generated a record 191 megawatt-hours of electricity last year, enough for 17.5 million homes, an industry group said Tuesday. The American Wind Energy Association said wind produced 4.7 percent of the nation’s electricity in 2015. Coal generated 33 percent and natural gas slightly less than that, the association said. The association released the statistics at a Vestas Wind Systems turbine plant in Brighton, Colorado, near Denver. [ read more … ]

Colorado wind power rising; 1,880 turbines and Xcel, Vestas plan more

By Bruce Finley, The Denver Post  •    •  Posted 2016-04-13 06:51:28

Colorado wind power is rising with 1,880 huge turbines erected across the prairie, twisting white blades as long as soccer fields, a cleaner source of energy replacing fossil fuels. It has reached the point where the wind turbines generated 67 percent of Xcel Energy’s Colorado-made electricity one morning in November and 54 percent for two 24-hour periods in October — feats unmatched around the nation, industry officials said Tuesday. Falling costs, a state mandate, a federal subsidy and sheer momentum are driving the shift to renewable energy. [ read more … ]

Wind energy bill may have final reading today in Nebraska Unicameral

By Jerry Oster, WNAX, Nebraska Radio Network  •    •  Posted 2016-04-13 06:52:19

A bill designed to encourage wind energy projects in Nebraska is advancing to the final round of debate in the Unicameral perhaps as soon as today. Senator Al Davis of Hyannis says the bill will help wind energy move forward in the state by lifting regulations that have stifled or stopped development. “This is probably the most important piece of wind legislation that has come through the legislature,” Davis says. “It removes most of the regulatory barriers that have prevented wind development in the state. The companies are looking for locations. They want to go into a state where they can do business without a number of onerous regulations and rules that keep them out.” [ read more … ]

In Wyoming, Hard Times Return as Energy Prices Slump

By JACK HEALY, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2016-04-13 06:53:35

For 17 years, Scott Pearce worked as a mechanic here in the Powder River Basin, a Saudi Arabia of Western coal deposits. But about a week ago, he became a casualty of the declining local economy, one of nearly 500 people laid off from the Black Thunder and North Antelope Rochelle mines. It was among the latest and worst rounds of job losses to hit Wyoming. Elsewhere, the American economy is posting steady gains and adding jobs. But here in the nation’s least populated state, the recession is returning. [ read more … ]

The Mystery of Wind Energy in Texas

By Ky;le Downey, Law Street  •    •  Posted 2016-04-13 06:54:04

When discussing the clean energy revolution, the southern American states are rarely mentioned as progressive leaders. Texas in particular has a longstanding reputation for supporting the interests of the fossil fuel industry. Texas politicians fiercely deny the scientific validity of climate change and the state is home to the headquarters of some of the world’s largest oil and gas companies, such as Exxon Mobile and ConocoPhillips. [ read more … ]

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