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May 3, 2016

How Iowa Became the Nation’s Leader in Wind Energy

By Kim Eckart, Yes!  •    •  Posted 2016-05-02 15:39:26

“Any time you can say something is good for the farmer, you have a good chance of it passing.” [ read more … ]

Offshore Wind Boom in U.S. Hangs on One State’s Utility Mandate

By Joe Ryan, Bloomberg News  •    •  Posted 2016-05-03 04:19:31

Lawmakers in Massachusetts are drafting a bill that would jump-start the offshore wind industry in the U.S., helping trigger a $10 billion building spree off the Atlantic coast. The energy bill may be introduced as early as this month and is expected to require utilities to purchase power from offshore wind farms, according to Representative Thomas Golden, one of the Democrats who control the state legislature. Still to be determined is how much power utilities would be forced to buy under the bill and, crucially, whether the state’s Republican governor — who has already opposed one offshore project — will sign it. [ read more … ]

The plan: A rooftop solar project that can power 5,000 homes — and 500 L.A. jobs

By Ivan Penn, Los Angeles Times  •    •  Posted 2016-05-02 15:39:57

A Los Angeles developer announced plans Friday to build the nation’s largest rooftop solar array that supplies electricity directly into a city’s power grid. The project by developer PermaCity includes a 16.4-megawatt solar system — enough to power 5,000 L.A. homes — that the company will install on 2 million square feet of space on Westmont Drive buildings. [ read more … ]

Christie official: N.J. has no plans to comply with climate rule

Elizabeth Harball, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-05-02 15:40:25

A top official to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) told an environment advisory board gathered to discuss a federal climate change regulation that the state has no plans to comply.

John Giordano, assistant commissioner for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, took the floor midway through a daylong meeting of the 18-member state advisory group to reiterate the state’s opposition to U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan. New Jersey is one of 27 states suing to challenge the rule in court. [ 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 … ]

Coal swoon felt in most states, except 2

Benjamin Hulac and Elizabeth Harball, E&E reporters  •    •  Posted 2016-05-02 15:42:10

Combustion of steam coal reached its apex in 2007, but it has declined nationwide 29 percent since then, the EIA said. The swoon was particularly sharp in the Midwest and the Southeast. Six states — Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania in the Rust Belt and Alabama, Georgia and North Carolina in the South — accounted for “nearly half of the national decline,” EIA said. [ read more … ]

EnergyWire’s Ferris discusses impact of SunEdison bankruptcy on industry, politics of renewables

Monica Trauzzi, E&E  •    •  Posted 2016-05-02 15:40:45

Five years post-Solyndra, another major solar company declared bankruptcy this month. How is SunEdison Inc.’s bankruptcy unique, and what does it represent about the state of the solar industry? On today’s The Cutting Edge, EnergyWirereporter David Ferris discusses the impacts of SunEdison’s bankruptcy on the broader industry. He also talks about the political shift on solar since Solyndra. [ read more … ]

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