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June 28, 2016

Climate Change High on Agenda as Obama and Trudeau Meet for Summit

By IAN AUSTEN and CORAL DAVENPORT, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2016-06-28 06:31:42

The leaders of the United States, Mexico and Canada will announce a North America-wide climate partnership, syncing their national policies to cut greenhouse gas emissions. They will pledge a joint goal of generating 50 percent of North America’s electricity from zero-carbon sources by 2025, up from 37 percent today. White House officials said that power mix would include wind, solar, hydropower, nuclear energy and coal or gas power paired with carbon capture technology. They will also announce that Mexico will join an existing agreement between the United States and Canada to collectively regulate leaks of methane, a potent greenhouse gas that escapes from oil and gas wells.
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Senators look to make progress on energy, spending

Geof Koss and George Cahlink, E&E reporters  •    •  Posted 2016-06-28 06:32:16

Senate negotiators will continue talks on a possible conference with the House on energy legislation this week, along with pressing forward on spending legislation and Puerto Rico relief. Senate Republican leaders are still hoping to complete as many spending bills as possible before the long summer recess. And energy bill boosters see the measure as a potential win during an election year. But gun control debates and passing legislation to shore up Puerto Rico’s finances are stressing an already stretched calendar.
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Community solar exploding in Minn.

Daniel Cusick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-06-28 06:32:37

Ellen Anderson, director of the University of Minnesota’s Energy Transition Lab, can reduce Minnesota’s landmark community solar law into three escalating numbers: 20, 430 and 1,003. The first number, 20, is the projected megawatts that the state’s largest electric utility, Xcel Energy Inc., said it expected to approve in community solar capacity over the first two years of the program’s life since it was enacted in 2013.
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Senate bill would boost Massachusetts’ reliance on renewable energy

By ASSOCIATED PRESS  •    •  Posted 2016-06-28 06:33:00

Leaders in the Massachusetts Senate have unveiled legislation designed to ramp up the state’s reliance on renewable energy sources, including offshore wind and hydropower. The plan, detailed Friday, establishes more aggressive energy targets than a similar bill approved by the House this month. [ read more … ]

Invenergy CEO: PTC phase-down may not count for much

By Karl-Erik Stromsta in New York, Globe Renewable Energy News  •    •  Posted 2016-06-28 06:33:21

The idea behind the PTC phase-out was to spark a near-term investment boom without simultaneously creating a demand cliff. Developers with advanced projects would rush to qualify for the full PTC in 2016, but earlier-stage projects would still be able to secure a substantial fraction of the PTC over the coming few years – or so the thinking went. But major wind developers are now questioning whether many projects will get built based on reduced PTC levels after all, given the intensely competitive landscape in the US power sector today. [ read more … ]

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