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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

September 22, 2016

Obama orders Defense, military to plan for climate change

Hannah Hess, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-09-22 06:22:54

President Obama yesterday ordered defense and military leaders to consider climate change when developing national-security-related doctrines, policies and plans. The memorandum — sent to more than 20 federal agencies and offices with climate science, intelligence and national security responsibilities — establishes a working group to create a “Climate Change and National Security Action Plan” within 90 days. [ read more … ]

Minnesota plans to power Capitol with solar, wind energy

By Erin Golden , Minneapolis Star Tribune  •    •  Posted 2016-09-22 06:23:32

One-third of the electricity used at Minnesota’s Capitol Complex will soon be powered by wind and solar farms in other parts of the state, if regulators approve a new proposal from the state and Xcel Energy. Lt. Gov Tina Smith said Wednesday that state officials intend to join an Xcel Energy program called Renewable Connect, which allows power customers to sign a long-term agreement to purchase power from renewable energy producers. The state’s entry into the program — which must still be approved by the Public Utilities Commission — would be a first for a government power customer and officials hope it will spur cities, counties and universities to look into using renewable energy. [ read more … ]

National labs look at who’s planning best for solar

David Ferris, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-09-22 06:23:54

For a utility, guessing how much solar power its customers will build is devilishly hard. Over time, it will have a snowballing effect on the power grid, but it is made up of many unknowns: who will build, and where, at what size and in what year. A new report takes a look at the planning documents of 30 utilities around the country and compares the tools that they’re using to plan for distributed solar, as it’s known. Most of those power companies see rooftop solar as a problem, while a minority are beginning to view it as an agent that can solve problems. [ read more … ]

4 things you should know about DOT’s autonomous-car policy

Ariel Wittenberg, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-09-22 06:24:33

The Obama administration built a framework this week for addressing the development of autonomous vehicles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s 116-page document outlines proposals that aim to walk the line between safety and innovation. [ read more … ]

Tesla plans world’s largest lithium-ion battery project

Christa Marshall, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-09-22 06:21:53

Electric vehicle giant Tesla yesterday announced it will deploy the largest lithium-ion battery project in the world to back up power in California. The 80-megawatt-hour system of Tesla Powerpacks is being tapped to fill a power gap in Los Angeles after the Aliso Canyon natural gas disaster, the worst natural gas leak in U.S. history. [ read more … ]

After Brexit Blow, Wind Parks at Sea Undermine Carbon Prices

By Mathew Carr, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2016-09-22 06:21:20

“We’ve reached a tipping point — the economics of clean energy have arrived,” Mark Lewis, a Barclays analyst in Paris who’s tracked the market since its 2005 inception, said by phone. “Policy makers are now pushing at an open door because the technology is making it so much easier.” [ read more … ]

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