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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

May 20, 2016

Upton expects House negotiators to be named next week

George Cahlink, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-05-20 06:54:01

The House passed its more narrowly drawn energy bill (H.R. 8) in December, and Energy and Commerce leaders called for a quick conference after the Senate approved a far broader version (S. 2012) this spring. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee leaders have been more cautious, saying they would welcome a conference but want to have informal discussions first to lay the groundwork for a deal. [ read more … ]

Storing more heat cheaply is the next challenge for solar power

Umair Irfan, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-05-20 06:54:25

At Germany’s aerospace agency, the next frontier is capturing the sun here on Earth and keeping it on tap. In a 4-year-old glass and steel building near the Cologne-Bonn Airport, researchers at the German Aerospace Center (DLR), Germany’s equivalent of NASA, are working on new ways to produce more heat than light in order to smooth over intermittency, one of the biggest drawbacks of solar power on the grid.
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Moniz dismisses Trump’s call to change climate deal 

By Devin Henry, The Hill  •    •  Posted 2016-05-20 06:54:47

Moniz said he wouldn’t directly comment on Trump’s promise to Reuters on Tuesday that “at a minimum I will be renegotiating those agreements.” Trump said the deal was unfair, economically, to the United States economy.But Moniz noted the climate deal has built-in reassessments over the next few decades. He said, though, that countries should use those to ramp up the greenhouse gas reduction commitments they enshrined last year in the Paris deal. [ read more … ]

California Senate leader promises ‘concerted push’ to cement GHG target

Debra Kahn, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-05-20 06:52:50

California lawmakers hope to enshrine greenhouse gas policies through 2030, as renewed anxieties surface about the state’s legal footing. The head of the state Senate said last week that he would resume efforts to pass S.B. 32, a bill by state Sen. Fran Pavley (D) setting 2030 emissions targets that floundered at the end of last year on opposition from members of the State Assembly.
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Microgrids or large high-voltage lines? Experts call for both

Umair Irfan, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-05-20 06:51:33

Speaking last week at IRENA’s innovation conference, he noted that the optimum wind and solar resources in China can be as far as 4,000 kilometers (or 2,485 miles) away from some of the country’s biggest smog-choked cities. “If we want to use these resources, we are faced with a huge problem: How can you transfer this renewable energy to load centers?” Lei said. [ read more … ]

Clean-tech index highlights renewable surge

Christa Marshall, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-05-20 06:52:04

In 2015, California became the first state to generate 10 percent of its in-state electricity from solar power. Vermont, meanwhile, doubled its utility-scale solar generation last year. And half of the top 10 U.S. states for utility-scale clean electricity voted Republican in the last presidential election. [ read more … ]

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