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October 20, 2016

Wind power to increase as countries ‘get serious’ post-Paris

Daniel Cusick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-10-20 06:41:15

Wind turbines could supply 20 percent of the world’s electricity as countries invest billions in low- and zero-carbon energy sources to comply with international treaties on greenhouse gases and climate change, according to new projections. In its latest biennial “Global Wind Energy Outlook” report, the Brussels-based Global Wind Energy Council said wind power could account for more than 2,100 gigawatts of generation capacity by 2030. That would attract roughly $220 billion in annual investment while reducing carbon dioxide emissions by more than 3.3 billion tons per year.
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Energy storage industry wants tax credits enjoyed by wind, solar

By Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union-Tribune  •    •  Posted 2016-10-20 06:41:43

They may not get it this year, but boosters of energy storage technologies want their sector to get the same tax credits that the federal government extends to the wind and solar industries. “It would be a good economic investment for us as a government and as a nation to invest in advancing these technologies,” said Matt Roberts, executive director for the industry’s trade group, the Energy Storage Association. Under a bill introduced by Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., qualifying energy storage technologies such as batteries, thermal energy storage and regenerative fuel cells would get a 30 percent investment tax credit. [ read more … ]

Rooftop panel benefits to ‘society’ outstrip net-metering costs, report says

Edward Klump, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-10-20 06:42:09

A new report says homes and businesses that turn to solar energy tend to provide more benefits to the electric grid than they receive from net metering. The document, released yesterday by the Environment America Research and Policy Center, relied on 16 other analyses to form a counterargument to utilities that say solar owners aren’t paying fair amounts. [ read more … ]

Big business likes wind power, study finds

David Ferris, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-10-20 06:42:30

A survey of big companies that have invested heavily in renewable energy has found that wind farms are their top choice, mainly because they pay for themselves more quickly. The study also found that most of these companies have set concrete targets for electrifying themselves with renewable energy, with a majority having goals to do so in less than a decade. [ read more … ]

Clean Line closing in on final order with PSC

By Travis Zimpere, Missouri Times  •    •  Posted 2016-10-20 06:40:53

The Grain Belt Express Clean Line wind energy project has made significant steps towards getting the final green light from the Public Service Commission. After it stalled in July, the PSC last week gave the go-ahead to finalize a public hearing schedule, which means that a final order on construction of Clean Line could happen as early as next spring. In other words, the case has officially started with the commission. [ read more … ]

Target zooms past Wal-Mart in installations

Christa Marshall, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-10-20 06:42:47

Move over, Wal-Mart. For the first time ever, retail giant Target Corp. is the top corporate installer of solar power in the United States. The discount chain surged from 11th to first in annual rankings from the Solar Energy Industries Association of the largest business adopters of solar in terms of overall installed capacity. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. dominated the top spot for the past four years. [ read more … ]

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