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May 4, 2016

Officials mull revamp of electric system as blackouts loom

Anne C. Mulkern, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-05-04 06:21:32

“The SoCalGas leak in Aliso Canyon was a rude awakening for families living in Porter Ranch, but it also has to be a wake-up call for the state,” Pavley said in an email. “It shows that we need to address tough questions about how we diversify our energy resources, reduce our dependence on dangerous fossil fuel facilities like this one, and move toward the clean energy future our state has envisioned in its policy.” [ read more … ]

DOE commits $25M as industry marks millionth installation

Christa Marshall, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-05-04 06:22:13

The Department of Energy announced $25 million yesterday to accelerate the integration of solar power into the grid as industry supporters launched a campaign to celebrate the millionth U.S. solar installation. The DOE money will be used to support 10 or 15 technology “solutions,” such as sensors and software, that can be field-tested by utilities to integrate, store and deploy solar power on the grid. The goal of the SunShot Initiative program is to tackle an ongoing challenge of integrating distributed generation sources like rooftop panels while balancing that power with traditional sources like coal or natural gas, according to the agency. [ read more … ]

Christie vetoes bill supporting windmills off Atlantic City

By The Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2016-05-04 06:22:39

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie vetoed a bill supporting a proposed windmill farm off the coast of Atlantic City. Christie on Monday rejected the bill that would permit, but not require, the state Board of Public Utilities to approve the wind farm off the coast, to be built by Fishermen’s Energy. [ read more … ]

GE Wants Become Big Player in Offshore Wind, Eyes Adwen Takeover

By Geert De Clercq, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2016-05-04 06:23:13

General Electric wants to become a major player in the offshore wind industry and is interested in buying the Areva-Gamesa offshore joint venture Adwen, GE’s new head of renewables said on Tuesday. Following its takeover of the energy assets of French Alstom, GE in November 2015 created a global renewable energy business unit with sales of 9 billion euros ($10.42 billion), staff of 13,000, and its headquarters in France.
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Obama energy official leaving a transformed agency

Umair Irfan, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-05-04 06:23:45

A once-sleepy department of nerds and nukes in the austere Forrestal Building has transformed over the last seven years into the Obama administration’s economic and technology arsenal for the fight against climate change. David Danielson helped make it happen. [ read more … ]

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