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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

June 24, 2016

Sit-in casts doubts about legislative prospects before election

George Cahlink and Geof Koss, E&E reporters  •    •  Posted 2016-06-24 06:43:58

Lawmakers and aides from both sides of the aisle said this week’s turn of events underscore how partisan Capitol Hill has become this election season. They say partisan tensions from the protest will leave an already polarized Congress even more hard-pressed to pass any significant legislation, including an energy overhaul and the annual spending bills, before this November’s general elections. [ read more … ]

Rhode Island set to raise renewables mandate to 40%

By Richard A. Kessler in Fort Worth, Global Renewable Energy News  •    •  Posted 2016-06-24 06:44:28

Rhode Island’s legislature passed a bill that raises the renewable energy mandate from 14.5% by 2019 to 40% by 2035, joining a growing number of US states that have done so to diversify their energy mix and reduce CO2 emissions. Governor Gina Raimondo, a strong supporter of wind energy development, is expected to sign the bill, 2016-S 2185A/House 7413B into law. [ read more … ]

R.I. lawmakers back stronger renewable energy standards

Emily Holden, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-06-24 06:44:55

The Rhode Island General Assembly has voted to raise the state’s renewable energy standard to 40 percent by the end of 2035. Lawmakers approved the measure over the weekend, and the governor is expected to sign it into law soon. Mark Kresowik, a regional deputy director for the Sierra Club, called it a “great step toward ultimately getting to 100 percent clean energy in the region.”
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Montana’s New Energy Plan Focuses On Wind Power Potential

by NAW Staff  •    •  Posted 2016-06-24 06:45:42

Gov. Steve Bullock, D-Mont., has announced a new blueprint for Montana’s energy future. According to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), which is praising the governor’s plan, the blueprint recognizes the value of a stronger electricity grid and the expansion of wind power in the state. In recent weeks, Bullock says he met with wind and solar developers, energy efficiency advocates, small businesses and coal workers in order to gather input and perspective from all sectors of the energy industry. [ read more … ]

Possible Wind Energy Line Coming to North Mississippi

By KCBI  •    •  Posted 2016-06-24 06:46:11

The largest wind energy power line in the southeast may soon be coming to North Mississippi, says Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley. Presley said Pattern Energy, a subsidiary of Southern Cross Transmission Project, is expected to submit a proposal in September to bring a 400-mile line, going from Texas to North Mississippi. [ read more … ]

Interior promotes leasing off Hawaii

Emily Yehle, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-06-24 06:46:34

The Obama administration is encouraging the development of wind farms off Hawaii, issuing a request for information yesterday to gauge the interest of the offshore wind industry Interior Secretary Sally Jewell described the move as “another milestone in the President’s plan to support clean, renewable energy from the Nation’s vast wind and solar resources.” Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has so far awarded 11 commercial offshore wind leases throughout the United States.
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