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October 4, 2016

From Amazon to Wal-Mart, deals add up in Texas and beyond

Edward Klump, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-10-04 06:58:55

As part of his job promoting wind energy, Jeff Clark keeps a slide handy with a simple question: “Who Wants Texas Wind?”

The answer reads like a directory of corporate America. There’s Amazon, Facebook and Google. Procter & Gamble, Starbucks and Wal-Mart. Even Dow Chemical, General Motors and Owens Corning. “It really shows how far renewables have come,” said Clark, executive director of the Wind Coalition, based in Austin, Texas. “It is now a very mainstream corporate strategy to look to renewable energy as the ability to add predictability and cost savings to your energy.” [ read more … ]

Oklahoma, Arkansas governors discuss wind energy project

By The Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2016-10-04 06:59:16

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin and Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson agreed when they spoke Monday at the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission’s annual conference that energy policy needs to be included in the national political debate. But the two governors disagreed on a controversial transmission line project that is designed to move wind energy from the Oklahoma panhandle to western Tennessee. Fallin, the 2016 chairman of the commission, said she supports the $2.5-billion Plains & Eastern Clean Line transmission project, for which construction is scheduled to start next year. [ read more … ]

Business interest in building wind farm off Outer Banks may be waning

By Jeff Hampton, The Virginian-Pilot  •    •  Posted 2016-10-04 06:59:38

Business interest in building a wind farm off Kitty Hawk may be waning as the Oct. 17 deadline for proposals approaches. Five companies expressed interest early in the process, but now one says it hasn’t decided whether to take part in the auction, and another is citing flaws with the site and heading elsewhere. [ read more … ]

Georgia Power fires back over distributed generation shortfall

Kristi E. Swartz, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-10-04 07:00:11

The shortfall of small, distributed solar projects on the grid is not Georgia Power’s fault, the utility said in response to allegations from a solar industry group. The utility is supposed to have 100 megawatts of distributed solar projects on the grid by the end of the year as part of its long-term energy plan that state regulators approved in 2013. The Georgia Public Service Commission approved 65 MW worth of projects, but a state solar industry group said it’s unclear whether the remainder will be vetted and online by December. [ read more … ]

BMW says it plans to offer electric X3 SUV and Mini models

By Joseph White and Edward Taylor, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2016-10-04 06:58:18

German luxury auto maker BMW AG said on Friday it will offer all electric versions of its next generation BMW X3 compact sport utility vehicle and electric Mini models, expanding its entries in the emerging electric luxury vehicle market. [ read more … ]

Dorgan on eco-thrillers, DOE rumors, basketball in Rayburn

Robin Bravender, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-10-04 06:57:54

Since energy guru Byron Dorgan left the Senate five years ago, he’s penned two action-packed eco-thriller novels. On top of his writing, Dorgan is working part time as a lobbyist at Arent Fox on issues like the renewable fuel standard. He’s also a guest lecturer at Georgetown University, and he’s serving on several boards, including the board of governors of Argonne National Laboratory. [ read more … ]

Is New York Ready for Solar Power?

  •    •  Posted 2016-09-30 06:33:03

Solar power in New York City may finally be having its moment. The number of residential projects across the five boroughs has risen to more than 5,300 this year from 186 in 2011, according to state officials, and there are another 1,900 in the pipeline. The solar boom has been prompted by a 70 percent drop in installation costs in recent years, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association, along with the streamlining of government approvals and incentives. [ read more … ]

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