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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

May 25, 2016

House set to consider drought, renewables amendments

George Cahlink, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-05-25 06:44:07

The White House threatened to veto the energy and water bill partly because it funds DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy about $1 billion below the administration’s request. The department’s renewable and efficiency programs are considered critical for Mission Innovation, a plan announced at climate talks in Paris last year to double clean energy R&D over five years. [ read more … ]

Shell CEO Warns Renewables Shift Could Spell End if Too Swift

By Ron Bousso, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2016-05-25 06:44:37

Royal Dutch Shell cannot switch too quickly to producing renewable energy without risking its dividend payments and even its very existence, the oil and gas group’s chief executive warned. Major investors, including Dutch pension fund PGGM, have criticised Shell’s climate change policy in recent months, saying it should do more to mitigate climate change risks. [ read more … ]

10 ways climate science has advanced since ‘An Inconvenient Truth’

Gayathri Vaidyanathan, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-05-25 06:45:02

The aughts were an inconvenient time for environmentalism. President George W. Bush declared the Kyoto Protocol, the first international treaty meant to address climate change, dead. Environmentalists charged widespread political interference in climate change science conducted at federal agencies. Most people had not heard of global warming. Then former Vice President Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” landed with a thud on the public’s consciousness. It grossed $24 million, won two Academy Awards and earned Gore the Nobel Peace Prize. [ read more … ]

Why China is having so many problems ramping up wind power

By Chelsea Harvey, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2016-05-25 06:45:27

China holds the record as the world’s top wind installer, accounting for about a third of the total global installed wind capacity. The United States trails in second place, accounting for just more than 17 percent. But despite its higher total capacity, China still isn’t putting out as much wind-generated electricity as the United States. In other words, it has built the technology, but it just is not able to use it to the max. [ read more … ]

PTC can fuel bigger US wind boom than thought, says Vestas’ Brown

By Karl-Erik Stromsta in New Orleans, Recharge  •    •  Posted 2016-05-25 06:45:47

Following the multi-year PTC extension passed by Congress last year, the American wind industry scored another huge win this month when the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued updated guidance on what developers must do to qualify projects for the tax credit. Previously, as long as developers entered physical construction or “safe-harboured” a project by investing 5% of the budget in a year in which the PTC was live, they then had two years to bring it to completion while still qualifying for the tax credit.
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WINDPOWER 2016 opens with high hopes

By GREG ALVAREZ, Into the Wind  •    •  Posted 2016-05-25 06:46:22

WINDPOWER 2016 is off to a hopeful start. WINDPOWER 2016 kicked off yesterday with high hopes and strong optimism, as a host of industry leaders highlighted U.S. wind’s successes over the past year and great future potential. [ read more … ]

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