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June 14, 2016

House GOP unveiling agenda to boost oil, gas, nuclear

Hannah Hess, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-06-14 06:35:07

House Republicans will roll out a regulatory approach today that “enhances America’s energy abundance,” as part of a broader legislative agenda for the GOP to run on this fall and pursue under a Donald Trump White House. The plan calls for giving a green light to the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada, streamlining the approval process for hydropower (see related story) and natural gas projects, and repealing all climate change regulations under U.S. EPA’s Clean Air A [ read more … ]

Clean energy grows in Mass., but some hope for more

Daniel Cusick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-06-14 06:46:12

Massachusetts is on the cusp of adopting one of the largest renewable energy procurement programs in New England. So why aren’t renewable energy advocates cheering more loudly? Perhaps it’s because half of the 2,400 megawatts of new clean energy will come from Canadian hydro dams, effectively bypassing U.S. firms that argued that developing homegrown energy resources would spur more economic development and better diversify New England’s energy market. Or it could be that half of the new clean energy will come from yet-to-be-built offshore wind farms. While offshore wind is a promising new source of electricity for New England, it remains a higher-cost form of energy than either utility-scale solar or onshore wind power. [ read more … ]

States may want RPS tweaks for climate rule

Emily Holden, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-06-14 06:36:36

States that want to use their renewable portfolio standards to help meet U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan goals may want to make some program tweaks, according to a recent report by the Clean Energy States Alliance. The report digs into how states could count RPS achievements to meet the agency’s power-sector carbon limits.
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In sunny Wyo., solar struggles to shine

By Benjamin Storrow, Casper Star Tribune,  •    •  Posted 2016-06-14 06:36:56

Solar advocates want to tap into Wyoming’s potential for commercial solar power development, which has been slow to lift off in the state.

They’re asking state legislators to lift the 25-kilowatt cap on solar-generated power that can be sold back to the grid.”I think what this step has the ability to do is unleash a new sector of solar development in Wyoming, a sector that doesn’t exist right now, commercial solar,” said Scott Kane, owner of Creative Energies, a solar installer. “When we look around to other states, there is as much commercial development as there is residential development.” [ read more … ]

West Warwick officials says town ‘greenest in the state’ after 3 wind turbines installed

By Carol Kozma, Providence Journal Staff Writer  •    •  Posted 2016-06-14 06:37:42

With three new 1.5-megawatt wind turbines to bolster his argument, Ward 3 Councilman Edward Giroux declared Friday that his town is “the greenest municipality in the state right now.”
“It’s very exciting what we are doing; the windmills [are] just crazy,” he said. [ read more … ]

Batteries Storing Power Seen as Big as Rooftop Solar in 12 Years

By Anna Hirtenstein, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2016-06-15 04:24:25

atteries capable of storing power at utility scale will be as widespread in 12 years as rooftop solar panels are now, revolutionizing the way consumers use energy. That’s the the conclusion of Bloomberg New Energy Finance, which forecasts the battery market may be valued at $250 billion or more by 2040. It expects 25 gigawatts of the devices to be deployed by 2028, about the size of the small-scale photovoltaic industry now.
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