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September 26, 2016

What Lester Holt won’t ask Clinton and Trump — but should

Jennifer Yachnin, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-09-26 06:36:09

The Commission on Presidential Debates last week released a list of three “topics” for tonight’s showdown at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., with two 15-minute segments allotted each to “America’s Direction,” “Achieving Prosperity” and “Securing America.” It did not offer any other information about the selected subject areas. The lack of an energy-specific heading doesn’t mean the candidates cannot raise those policies on their own — President Obama and GOP nominee Mitt Romney did so repeatedly in their first matchup in Denver in the 2012 election, sparring on tax benefits to the oil and gas industry and domestic production. [ read more … ]

Obama Climate Plan, Now in Court, May Hinge on Error in 1990 Law

By CORAL DAVENPORT, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2016-09-26 04:42:08

The pitched battle over President Obama’s signature climate change policy, which is moving to the courts this week, carries considerable political, economic and historical stakes. Yet its legal fate, widely expected to be ultimately decided by the Supreme Court, could rest on a clerical error in an obscure provision of a 26-year-old law. That error, which left conflicting amendments on power plant regulation in the Clean Air Act, will be a major focus of oral arguments by opponents of Mr. Obama’s initiative when the case is heard on Tuesday in the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
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Xcel Puts Out Massive RFP For More Midwest Wind Energy

By Lauren Tyler, NA Windpower  •    •  Posted 2016-09-26 04:43:38

Minneapolis-based electricity and natural gas company Xcel Energy is now seeking proposals to significantly grow its wind energy portfolio by adding enough new wind farms to power more than 750,000 homes, bringing up to 1,500 MW of new wind power to Xcel Energy customers. [ read more … ]

Wind a growing force in Oklahoma energy

By Tulsa World  •    •  Posted 2016-09-26 04:44:21

The state’s prominence in the industry can be seen in an array of statistics. Oklahoma currently ranks No. 4 in the nation in terms of installed wind power capacity, with potentially enough projects coming online by the end of the year to take the No. 3 spot from California, behind Texas (No. 1) and Iowa (No. 2). [ read more … ]

With projects popping up across Nebraska, future of solar power brightens

By Paul Hammel, Omaha World-Herald Bureau  •    •  Posted 2016-09-26 04:44:44

At the beginning of the year, the state had about 1 megawatt of solar power generation. But this year already, Enerparc Inc., an Oakland, California, firm, opened a 3.6-megawatt solar farm on 22 acres along Interstate 80 that generates power for customers of Lincoln Electric System. A rural public power district in Broken Bow will be buying power from four small solar gardens at ranches capable of producing 1.5 megawatts.
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Has a decade of Golden State climate diplomacy made a difference?

Debra Kahn, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-09-26 04:46:02

Schwarzenegger, and now his successor, Gov. Jerry Brown (D), have made a point of signing agreements with dozens of other state and provincial governments to reduce carbon emissions. Brown’s marquee international effort, the Under 2 MOU (memorandum of understanding), now has 135 signatories committed to limiting emissions to 2 tons per capita by 2050. [ read more … ]

Europe’s Offshore Wind Industry Prepares for Atlantic Crossing

By By Christoph Steitz, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2016-09-26 04:45:20

Yield-hungry investors in the offshore wind market are switching their sights to the United States as future support for the industry in Europe remains uncertain, leaving billions of euros looking for a new home. The shift in focus comes as three states on the U.S. east coast — Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York — are auctioning leases on hundreds of thousands of acres for offshore wind farms, drawing interest from leading European companies. [ read more … ]

China to Rein in Green Growth for First Time After Record Boom

By Joe Ryan, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2016-09-26 04:42:50

After installing more wind and solar farms than anywhere else on the planet, China is ratcheting back the pace of growth in an industry that’s helped lower the costs of green energy worldwide. Installations of new wind and solar farms in China is expected to drop 11 percent in 2017 from a record high this year, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance. That would be the first decline in the history of the modern renewables business, now a little more than a decade old, for a nation that has provided about a third the investment for the industry. [ read more … ]

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