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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

April 28, 2016

Energy-water spending bill snag threatens fragile process

George Cahlink and Geof Koss, E&E reporters  •    •  Posted 2016-04-28 06:32:05

Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) confirmed yesterday that discussions continued on reviving the energy-water bill but said the failed cloture vote didn’t portend well for efforts to rein in the wayward appropriations process. “I hope it’s a temporary glitch because, I mean, if we can’t get this appropriation bill done, it doesn’t bode well for the future, and I think there seemed to be a bipartisan agreement that we need to get our work done on these appropriations bills and avoid a year-end omnibus appropriation,” he told E&E Daily. “I’m still hopeful we can work out those differences.” [ read more … ]

States still thinking about CO2 cuts regardless of rule status

Emily Holden, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-04-28 04:50:35

At a discussion among state regulators and lawmakers yesterday, several officials said the Supreme Court’s decision in February to stay implementation of the federal climate regulation has not blocked broader discussions within states about decarbonizing their power sectors. “Even those states that have pressed pause per se are still having discussions about what life will look like under a carbon-constrained [future],” said Alexandra Dunn, executive director of the Environmental Council of the States, which represents state environmental commissioners. [ read more … ]

EPA moves forward on renewables, efficiency program

Elizabeth Harball, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-04-28 04:51:04

U.S. EPA today rolled out more details on how the agency would award early credit to states that take certain steps to cut carbon before the federal rule to curb power plant emissions takes effect in 2022. The agency has sent a proposal on the Clean Energy Incentive Program, or CEIP, to the Office of Management and Budget for review. [ read more … ]

Nebraska Eases Wind Power Regulations, Some Landowners Have Concerns

by Ariana Brocious, NET News  •    •  Posted 2016-04-28 06:33:33

For years Nebraska wind energy proponents have lamented the fact that the state lags so far behind its neighbors in producing wind power. Kansas and Iowa have installed four to five times the amount of wind energy capacity as Nebraska—even though Nebraska is consistently ranked among the top states for wind power potential. A new law seeks to change that. “It’s really a reduction of paperwork,” said Rich Lombardi, a lobbyist with the Wind Coalition, which represents wind developers and trade groups. Under the new law, private renewable energy developers no longer have to find a buyer for their power before they build the project, nor do they have to prove that their project won’t compete with other, more traditional energy sources (like a coal-fired power plant). Proponents say removing these regulatory hurdles will make Nebraska more competitive for wind development. [ read more … ]

Comment: Comment: Why States and Cities Must Lead the Way on Climate Change

By Bill Ritter, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2016-04-28 04:51:34

Much was made a few months ago about the historic climate agreement in Paris. Much is being made now about the race for the U.S. presidency. The two intersect on the question of whether the next president will build on President Obama’s climate plans or backslide on the progress Mr. Obama has managed against global climate change. But while the spotlight is on this year’s extraordinary race to the White House, America’s ability to keep its commitments in the Paris agreement and to build a 21st century energy economy depends largely on states and communities far beyond the beltway. [ read more … ]

Brits can now buy solar panels at Ikea

By Adam Vaughan, London Guardian  •    •  Posted 2016-04-28 04:50:10

The Swedish furniture giant better known for cheap furniture and aromatic cinnamon buns has a new item on the shelves: solar panels. In a partnership with Solarcentury, Ikea will begin selling the panels to its U.K. customers this summer, both online and at three locations, to start out. The move comes as the United Kingdom is weakening its subsidies for solar. Still, Ikea is moving ahead with its plan, its second attempt to sell panels in the United Kingdom after an earlier partnership with Chinese company Hanergy, which ended last year. [ read more … ]

Saudi Arabia Targets 9.5 GW of Renewable by 2030

By Reem Shamseddine, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2016-04-28 04:49:39

Top oil exporter Saudi Arabia plans to generate 9.5 gigawatts of electricity from renewable energy by 2030, it said on Monday as it approved its Vision 2030 reform plan. The plan, a package of economic and social policies is designed to free the kingdom from dependence on oil exports. “Even though we have an impressive natural potential for solar and wind power, and our local energy consumption will increase threefold by 2030, we still lack a competitive renewable sector at present.” [ read more … ]

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