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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

April 22, 2016

Solar plane slowly soaring from Hawaii to California

By Audrey Mcavoy And Caleb Jones, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2016-04-22 06:54:47

A solar plane on an around-the-world journey has reached the point of no return over the Pacific Ocean after departing Hawaii, and now it’s California or bust. The plane was cruising over the cold northern Pacific late Thursday at about 20,000 feet with a nearly-full battery as night descended, according to the website that’s documenting the journey of Solar Impulse 2. [ read more … ]

Solar Developer SunEdison in Bankruptcy as Aggressive Growth Plan Unravels

By Reuters  •    •  Posted 2016-04-22 06:55:10

SunEdison Inc, once the fastest-growing U.S. renewable energy company, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Thursday after a short-lived but aggressive binge of debt-fueled acquisitions proved unsustainable. In its bankruptcy filing, the company said it had assets of $20.7 billion and liabilities of $16.1 billion as of Sept. 30. [ read more … ]

DOE basks in plaudits on the Hill for national lab research

Umair Irfan, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-04-22 06:56:15

Officials from the Department of Energy took a victory lap yesterday after the Senate passed the first energy bill in nine years and world leaders prepared to sign a climate accord that could help double America’s clean energy spending. In a packed room on Capitol Hill, DOE hosted National Laboratory Science Day, with scientists from the department’s 17 laboratories across the country presenting their research to lawmakers with hands-on demos and presentations. [ read more … ]

Leaders Roll Up Sleeves on Climate, but Experts Say Plans Don’t Pack a Wallop

By JUSTIN GILLIS and CORAL DAVENPORT, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2016-04-22 06:58:10

For all the signs of progress and political will, however, new challenges to implementing the accord have arisen just since December. Outside experts also say the countries’ bare-bones plans are still far from enough to keep global warming to tolerable levels. No country has shared a detailed, credible strategy to achieve what scientists think is necessary: ending the era of fossil-fuel emissions and converting entirely to clean energy no later than the middle of this century. [ read more … ]

Majority of Americans live in counties with dirty air — study

Sean Reilly, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-04-22 06:57:26

More than half of the United States’ population — or 166 million people — live in counties with unhealthy levels of air pollution, the American Lung Association said in findings released yesterday. Even so, the advocacy group’s latest “State of the Air” report offers grounds for optimism, noting that most cities showed “strong improvement” in reducing levels of ground-level ozone and fine particle matter. [ read more … ]

FWS eagle-impact study advances massive Wyo. wind project

Scott Streater, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-04-22 06:56:53

The Fish and Wildlife Service has completed a yearslong analysis of potential impacts to bald and golden eagles of authorizing construction of the first 500 turbines in a southeast Wyoming project that’s projected to become one of the world’s largest wind farms. The draft environmental impact statement (EIS) does not name a preferred alternative out of four choices studied for the first 500 turbines that comprise phase I of the Chokecherry and Sierra Madre Wind Energy Project. [ read more … ]

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