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May 2, 2016

Recapping Buffett’s Q&A: Climate change, Wind Energy, and Solar Energy–Excerpts

By Russell Hubbard, Barbara Soderlin and Cole Epley, Omaha World-Herald staff writers  •    •  Posted 2016-05-02 04:34:35

Despite spending his life in a public power state – Nebraska’s power generation has come from public utilities since the 1930s – Buffett said there’s a certain irony in that particular business model being not only a source of pride for the state, but also a source of cost. “The wind doesn’t start blowing at the Missouri River. That wind could be captured in Nebraska and so far it really hasn’t been,” Buffett said. The costs to Nebraska ratepayers – and others in states served by utilities with lesser renewable portfolios than BHE? Money from their bank accounts for higher rates in addition to potential jobs and economic development. Companies like Google and Facebook have planted server farms in Iowa because of that state’s share of renewable energy, Buffett said. [ read more … ]

Wind energy setting records in Minnesota

By Paul Huttner, Minnesota Public Radio  •    •  Posted 2016-05-02 04:35:32

It’s not your imagination. It’s been windier than usual lately across Minnesota. April is the windiest month of the year on average in Minnesota. And this April our winds have blown harder than average. I had the pleasure of talking with University of Minnesota Professor and excellent MPR weather and climate contributor Mark Seeley during MPR’s Climate and Health event this week in Rochester, Minn. [ read more … ]

Higher Oregon Renewable Portfolio Standard Targets Likely to Boost Wind Power

By U.S. EIA: Today in Energy  •    •  Posted 2016-05-02 04:35:57

U.S. wind generation grew by 5.1% in 2015, the smallest annual increase since at least 1999, as weather patterns in the Western half of the United States lowered wind speeds and dampened wind generation during the first half of the year. The same weather patterns resulted in stronger winds in the central part of the country, where wind generation growth in 2015 was most pronounced. [ read more … ]

Wash. plans to regulate CO2 until feds step in

Debra Kahn, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-05-02 04:36:16

West Coast states are continuing work on how to mesh their power sectors with federal carbon regulations, with California and Washington releasing new details this week on how they expect generators to fare. Washington regulators said they plan to issue a new statewide carbon-capping proposal next month that would regulate power plants but allow them to come under federal regulation in the event that U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan survives legal challenges. [ read more … ]

Maine governor vetoes solar energy bill after compromise talks fail

BY TUX TURKEL STAFF WRITER, Portland Press Herald  •    •  Posted 2016-05-02 04:36:42

Gov. Paul LePage vetoed a landmark solar energy bill Wednesday, after failed attempts by Democratic leadership to reach a compromise during extensive negotiations. Solar advocates now plan to press lawmakers to override the veto when they reconvene Friday. Rep. Sara Gideon, D-Freeport, the assistant majority leader, said a request by the governor to cap at a very low level the price that homeowners receive for solar power they generate was a deal breaker. [ read more … ]

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