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June 8, 2016

Tech Giants Pressure States On Renewable Energy

By: STEPHANIE JOYCE, WYOMING PUBLIC RADIO  •    •  Posted 2016-06-08 06:31:24

Large technology companies that use massive amounts of energy are now sourcing more power directly from renewables as opposed to purchasing renewable energy credits to offset their carbon footprints. “Direct sourcing is important to us because our goal is really the transformation of the electric grid,” said Brian Janous, the director of energy strategy for Microsoft Cor [ read more … ]

Nev. weighs future of ‘failing’ renewable portfolio standard

Elizabeth Harball, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-06-08 06:31:42

Nevada is mulling the future of its law requiring that some of its energy come from renewables as members of a state task force assert that the measure is no longer driving construction of new wind, solar and other clean energy projects. An advisory committee to Nevada’s New Energy Industry Task Force, reconvened this year by Gov. Brian Sandoval (R), met yesterday to discuss strengthening the state’s renewable portfolio standard or phasing it out. It could potentially be replaced by a policy that constrains how much fossil-fuel-fired generation is allowed in the state. [ read more … ]

Issue gap for voters is greatest on climate — Gallup poll

Amanda Reilly, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-06-08 06:32:51

A new poll shows a wide gap between Democrats and Republicans on how important climate change is to their vote for president. The Gallup poll found that 72 percent of Democrats say that the issue of climate change is “extremely” or “very” important in how they vote for a presidential candidate. Just 25 percent of Republicans say that the issue is important. [ read more … ]

IEA Cuts Gas Demand Outlook Again as Glut Seen to End of Decade

Bt Anna Shiryaevskaya, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2016-06-08 06:32:34

While oil markets will start re-balancing after a slump next year, an oversupply in natural gas won’t disappear until the end of the decade, the International Energy Agency said, slashing its gas demand outlook for a fourth straight year. Global consumption will expand by 1.5 percent annually from 2015 through 2021, down from last year’s forecast of 2 percent growth from 2014 through 2020 and a 2.5 gain over the prior six years, the Paris-based agency said Wednesday in its Medium-Term Gas Market Report. The slowdown will be driven by weaker use in the U.S. and Japan as the fuel struggles to compete against booming renewables and “very cheap” coal in power generation. [ read more … ]

EDF Energy Starts Construction of Blyth Offshore Wind Farm in UK

By Nina Chestney, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2016-06-08 06:32:13

EDF Energy Renewables, a joint venture between EDF Energy and EDF Energies Nouvelles, has started to build a new offshore wind farm off the coast of Blyth in Northumberland in Britain, the firm said on Tuesday. The wind farm will have a maximum total generating capacity of almost 100 megawatts and provide enough low-carbon electricity to power 33,000 homes, the company said. [ read more … ]

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