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May 17, 2016

Court decides to bypass panel, delays arguments until fall

Ellen M. Gilmer, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-05-17 04:44:57

High-stakes litigation over the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan will bypass review by a panel of three judges and instead go before the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in the fall. The D.C. Circuit announced the change in a short order yesterday, surprising some attorneys involved in the case. Oral arguments had been scheduled for early June before a three-judge panel considered favorable for the administration. Now, the case will be heard en banc on Sept. 27. [ read more … ]

Bipartisan senators introduce resolution on industry milestone

Christa Marshall, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-05-17 06:12:55

Sens. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) introduced a resolution yesterday to celebrate the U.S. solar industry achieving its millionth solar installation. The resolution cites statistics on solar industry growth, declining costs of solar panels and the increase in industry jobs. It states that “the Senate supports the United States solar energy industry in its effort to bring low-cost, clean, 21st century solar technology into homes and businesses across the United States.” [ read more … ]

Companies propose deep-water wind farms off Hawaii shores

By Cathy Bussewitz, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2016-05-17 04:45:27

Massive wind turbines could end up floating in deep ocean waters off Hawaii’s shores under proposals to bring more renewable energy to the islands. Two companies have proposed offshore wind turbine projects for federal waters off Oahu as Hawaii pushes to meet its aggressive renewable energy goals. Their plans would use technology that floats the tall turbines in deep waters miles offshore. The proposals are in the early stages and would face years of environmental reviews and community meetings before possible approval. [ read more … ]

U.S. Energy Chief: Texas Should Develop Clean Power Plan

by Jim Malewitz, The Texas Tribune  •    •  Posted 2016-05-17 04:46:16

When Ernest Moniz looks at Texas, he sees groundbreaking energy research and innovation — and not only related to oil and gas: wind, solar and battery technology that could bolster the reliability of those renewable resources, too. “The kind of innovation shown here is certainly very important for the whole country,” the U.S. energy secretary said this week at the University of Texas at Austin. “I know Houston claims to be the energy capital of the world, but I think Texas has a broader role.” [ read more … ]

US, Denmark sign offshore deal

By Renews  •    •  Posted 2016-05-17 04:45:53

The US has signed an agreement with Denmark to strengthen cooperation on offshore wind energy. The memorandum of understanding recognizes both countries common interests in developing the technology as a clean and sustainable energy source, the US Bureau of Ocean Energy said. [ read more … ]

SolarCity subpoenaed over N.Y. gigafactory

Christa Marshall, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-05-17 04:46:49

SolarCity Corp., the largest U.S. solar installer, said Friday it has been subpoenaed in a broad investigation of state contracts and lobbying in New York. The development, first reported by Newsday, involves a probe by Preet Bharara, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, of state construction projects, including those tied to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s (D) $1 billion plan to boost the economy in Buffalo, N.Y. SolarCity is building a solar panel gigafactory in the city with a $750 million investment from the state as part of Cuomo’s “Buffalo Billion” initiative. [ read more … ]

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