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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

September 1, 2016

Today’s Wind & Solar Energy News will not be published tomorrow and on Labor Day, Sept. 5. It returns Tuesday, Sept. 6.

Fla. voters OK plan to strike taxes on renewable projects

Kristi E. Swartz, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-09-01 06:58:08

Florida voters yesterday overwhelmingly approved a measure that removes taxes on renewable energy projects for commercial property, paving the way for solar expansion in the Sunshine State. Roughly 73 percent of voters signed off on Amendment 4, which removes ad valorem, or value-based, taxes on renewable energy projects for commercial property. This would lower the overall cost of those projects for businesses, including the state’s electric companies. Lawmakers, clean energy advocates and business groups immediately released statements praising the vote [ read more … ]

Eastern U.S. can handle 30% clean power — report

Christa Marshall, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-09-01 06:58:30

Wind and solar can supply 30 percent of the annual power for the nation’s Eastern grid without reliability concerns, new research from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory said. The Eastern Interconnection, which stretches from Maine to New Mexico, currently gets less than 7 percent of its annual power from the two renewable sources. Prior to the study, there was an assumption that 30 percent wind and solar penetration wasn’t possible in the region, said NREL researcher Aaron Bloom. Nobody had conducted a review like NREL’s, which modeled the year 2026 as a test. [ read more … ]

South Dakota: Plug Pulled For Now

BY RANDY DOCKENDORF, Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan  •    •  Posted 2016-09-01 06:59:05

A proposed wind farm near Avon has pulled its application for a state permit, one week after nearly 300 people attended a sharply divided public hearing for the project. Prevailing Winds investors withdrew their application Tuesday with the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission (PUC). The move came shortly before the three-member PUC held its regular meeting that morning in Pierre. [ read more … ]

Obama to join Paris climate pact ‘as soon as possible’

By Timothy Cama, The Hill  •    •  Posted 2016-09-01 06:57:45

President Obama is planning to formally join the Paris climate agreement “as soon as possible,” a top adviser said. Brian Deese gave the update Monday at a White House briefing with reporters in advance of Obama’s trip this week and next to Asia and other locations. Deese said climate change will be a top agenda item in discussions with Chinese leaders including President Xi Jinping, but he did not say whether Obama will sign the agreement on this trip. [ read more … ]

Paris deal will cost at least $1.28T — economist

Hannah Hess, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-09-01 06:59:33

With signals President Obama is on the verge of formally joining the landmark Paris climate agreement, an environmental economist is investigating whether the United States can actually afford to hold up its end of the deal. The rough estimate for the cost of hitting the target ranges from $42 billion to $176 billion every year until 2050, according to Columbia University’s Geoffrey Heal. [ read more … ]

The Challenge of Cutting Coal Dependence

By Eduardo Porter, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2016-09-01 06:59:57

It won’t be easy to get rid of coal. Worried the nation might miss its 2020 target to drastically cut emissions of carbon dioxide, the German government proposed a steep levy last year on the most heavily polluting generators. The tax was intended to deliver a decisive blow against lignite or brown coal, the dirtiest fuel around and Germany’s main source of electricity. [ read more … ]

Green Climate Fund needs ideas with low-carbon wow factor: ex-head

By Megan Rowling, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2016-09-01 07:00:21

The Green Climate Fund, which aims to channel billions of dollars to help poorer nations tackle global warming, is not yet backing the right kind of projects to bring about a sea change in low-carbon development, said its recently departed executive director. Héla Cheikhrouhou, who was appointed as Tunisia’s minister for energy, mining and renewable in its new government on Friday, urged the $10.3-billion fund to provide clearer guidelines on what it is seeking to finance in areas such as water, urban development, energy and transport.
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