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July 21, 2016

Omaha Public Power District looking for up to 400 MW of renewables

By Matthew Bandy, SNL  •    •  Posted 2016-07-21 06:37:36

Nebraska utility the Omaha Public Power District is looking for bidders to provide the utility between 1 MW and 400 MW of renewable power capacity, according to a request for proposals released by OPPD July 18. The RFP would lead to a doubling of the utility’s level of renewable power. As of the end of 2015, OPPD had 416.5 MW of wind and landfill gas capacity, according to a company fact sheet. [ read more … ]

LIPA delays Deepwater decision

By ReNews  •    •  Posted 2016-07-21 06:38:08

Deepwater Wind’s proposed 90MW offshore wind farm in New York has been put into a temporary holding pattern. Officials at the Long Island Power Authority have reportedly delayed a vote on whether to offer the 15-turbine South Fork project a route to market, pending a new state-wide offshore wind plan. [ read more … ]

Rooftop, community solar see big jumps in 2015 — report

Christa Marshall, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-07-21 06:39:00

Rooftop solar jumped 50 percent last year, the number of active community solar programs spiked 80 percent, and 27 state legislatures or utility commissions took up net-metering reform in 2015 as debates raged about how much to compensate homeowners for excess power sent to the grid. Those were some of the chief conclusions from the Smart Electric Power Alliance’s solar market snapshot, which surveys hundreds of utilities about current trends in the industry. The group, which recently changed its name from Solar Electric Power Association, said about 350 utilities participated this year, a 20 percent increase from the prior year. [ read more … ]

GOP platform, which calls coal ‘clean’, would reverse decades of U.S. energy and climate policy

By Steven Mufson, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2016-07-21 06:39:25

The Republican Party platform adopted Monday night would bring a total about-face on U.S. energy and climate policy, declaring that the priority placed on combating climate change under President Obama “the triumph of extremism over common sense, and Congress must stop it.” The GOP platform calls coal “clean,” pledges to reverse a Supreme Court ruling on the scope of the Clean Air Act, seeks to open vast amounts of federally protected public lands and waters to oil, gas and coal exploitation, rejects the Paris climate accord and Obama’s Clean Power Plan, and opposes a carbon tax. It takes aim at “environmental extremists” and calls the environmental movement “a self-serving elite.” [ read more … ]

Trump Considering Fracking Mogul Harold Hamm as Energy Secretary-Sources

By Richard Valdmanis, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2016-07-21 06:39:52

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is considering nominating Oklahoma oil and gas mogul Harold Hamm as energy secretary if elected to the White House on Nov. 8, according to four sources close to Trump’s campaign. The chief executive of Continental Resources would be the first U.S. energy secretary drawn directly from the oil and gas industry since the cabinet position was created in 1977, a move that would jolt environmental advocates but bolster Trump’s pro-drilling energy platform.
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Document trove details links between tobacco, oil industries

Benjamin Hulac, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-07-21 06:40:16

Organizations worried about climate change have long drawn comparisons between the petroleum and tobacco industries, arguing that each has minimized public health damages of its products to operate unchecked. Some have urged federal regulators to prosecute oil companies under racketeering charges, as the Department of Justice did in 1999 in a case against Philip Morris and other major tobacco brands. Oil companies bristle at the comparison. But overlap between both industries existed as early as the 1950s, new research details. [ read more … ]

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