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May 19, 2016

Alexander looks to quash proposed Tenn. farm

Geof Koss, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-05-19 06:45:59

Sen. Lamar Alexander’s longstanding fight against federal support for wind energy is getting personal. The Tennessee Republican took to the Senate floor yesterday to lambast a wind farm proposed in Cumberland County, Tenn., which is nestled between Nashville and Knoxville. [ read more … ]

DOE solar program 70% to its goal — reports

Christa Marshall, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-05-19 06:46:20

The Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative has reached 70 percent of its 2020 goal to slash solar power costs. DOE made that announcement with the release of eight research reports about the 5-year-old initiative, which aims to reduce the cost of solar energy technologies 75 percent by the end of the decade. [ read more … ]

Climate regs could have modest impact on electricity prices — EIA

Emily Holden and Elizabeth Harball, E&E reporters  •    •  Posted 2016-05-19 06:46:47

Electricity prices in the later years of U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan might be 3 percent higher than without the rule, according to an early release of part of the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s outlook for 2016. Those figures are significantly lower than analyses cited by opponents of the climate rule that project 11 to 14 percent increases [ read more … ]

Getting to 50% renewables a ‘no-brainer’ — utility CEO

Anne C. Mulkern, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-05-19 06:47:21

California’s mandate to make half its electricity from renewable sources by 2030 isn’t just feasible, “it’s a no-brainer. We will get there,” the head of the state’s largest utility said here yesterday. Anthony Earley, Pacific Gas and Electric Co.’s chairman, CEO and president, said his utility already is ahead of the state’s earlier mandate to generate 33 percent of its power from green sources by 2020. [ read more … ]

Big solar worked to kill Maine solar energy bill

BY TUX TURKEL, Portland Press Herald  •    •  Posted 2016-05-19 06:48:06

The Maine lawmakers who last month defeated a landmark bill that would have expanded solar energy had unusual allies: national companies that are the country’s largest installers of rooftop solar panels. The companies, led by California-based Sunrun Inc. and SolarCity, hired lobbyists to fight the bill, donated money to political action committees that benefit the bill’s opponents and used social media to push an alternative measure that created a smokescreen for the bill’s detractors. [ read more … ]

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