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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

September 20, 2016

Regulators bring back favorable rates for solar customers

Daniel Cusick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-09-20 04:36:29

More than 30,000 Nevada electric power customers who installed rooftop solar panels on their homes and businesses before this year will continue to receive retail-rate compensation under Nevada’s net metering program, state regulators determined Friday. [ read more … ]

Industry praises bipartisan Governors’ Wind and Solar Energy Coalition for seeking U.S. agencies’ help to site wind projects

By David Ward, AWEA  •    •  Posted 2016-09-20 04:37:12

The Governors’ Wind & Solar Energy Coalition, representing 20 states from California to Virginia, has led for a decade on policies to increase wind energy around the country. This morning the coalition sent a letter to President Obama from Iowa’s Terry Branstad, Chair of the Coalition, and governor of a state that gets over 31 percent of its electricity from wind; and Rhode Island’s Gina Raimondo, Vice Chair, and governor of the state with the first U.S. offshore wind farm. They wrote: [ read more … ]

Clean Line, Illinois regulators appeal decision rejecting utility status

By Michael Lustig, SNL  •    •  Posted 2016-09-20 04:37:39

“The appeals court has created a Catch 22 barrier, with no basis in the statute, to prevent new companies from becoming public utilities and to prevent them from helping to lower energy prices in Illinois,” Clean Line Vice President Hans Detweiler said in a news release. “We are challenging the court’s decision because it will harm Illinois consumers by reducing the amount of carbon-free energy in the marketplace,” John Moore, director of the NRDC’s Sustainable FERC Project, said in the news release. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy Group Launches Kansas Ad Campaign

By JACK FITZPATRICK, Morning Consult  •    •  Posted 2016-09-20 04:38:17

American Wind Action, a nonprofit group that backs wind power, launched a six-figure ad campaign Monday promoting the energy source in Kansas. The ad campaign includes TV ads running on broadcast and cable, along with radio and digital ads. [ read more … ]

Amazon invests in massive Texas wind farm

By Jordan Blum, Houston Chronicle  •    •  Posted 2016-09-20 04:38:40

Amazon is investing in West Texas wind for its largest renewable energy project ever. Seattle-based Amazon is teaming up with Chicago’s Lincoln Clean Energy to build the 253-megawatt Amazon Wind Farm Texas west of Abilene in Scurry County. One megawatt typically powers 200 homes on a hot Texas day. [ read more … ]

Data center or power plant? In Wyo., it’s both

David Ferris, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-09-20 04:39:15

In 2012, the governor of Wyoming made an exciting announcement: Cheyenne, the state’s capital, would be the home to a huge new Microsoft data center. Then things got complicated, in ways that happen these days when a technology company demanding clean power meets a coal-heavy power grid. The first problem was that the data center’s projected power demand, 200 megawatts, would almost double the amount of electricity needed in little Cheyenne. [ read more … ]

Court greenlights sale of SunEdison solar, wind farms to NRG

By Peg Brickley, Denver Post  •    •  Posted 2016-09-20 04:39:51

A bankruptcy court yesterday allowed solar giant SunEdison Inc. to proceed with a sale of several solar and wind projects. An affiliate of NRG Energy Inc. will buy the renewable energy developments for $144 million. The projects are located in California, Utah, Texas, Hawaii, Washington and Maine.
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