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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

October 25, 2016

Governors’ group announces new leadership

Geof Koss, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-10-25 05:28:18

The Governors’ Wind & Solar Energy Coalition has picked Rhode Island Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo (D) as chairwoman and Kansas Republican Gov. Sam Brownback as vice chairman, the group announced today. In a statement, Raimondo touted the Block Island Wind Farm — the nation’s first offshore wind facility, which is slated to come online before the end of the year. [ read more … ]

Governors’ Wind & Solar Energy Coalition Names 2017 Leaders

By North American Wind Power  •    •  Posted 2016-10-25 05:28:47

The Governors’ Wind & Solar Energy Coalition has appointed Gov. Gina Raimondo, D-R.I., and Gov. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., the group’s chair and vice chair, respectively, for 2017. Rhode Island has positioned itself as a leader in offshore renewable energy, says the coalition, referring to the Block Island Wind Farm. [ read more … ]

Solar deregulation battle heats up in Nev.

Benjamin Storrow, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-10-25 05:29:39

Few voters have a taste for lengthy debates over utility regulation. Nevadans are different. Last year, a fierce battle over rooftop solar engulfed the state. When regulators unanimously decided to do away with the retail rate doled out to residential producers, even celebrities like Mark Ruffalo joined the clamor of protests at the Nevada Public Utilities Commission to denounce the ruling. [ read more … ]

DOE — U.S. will triple its solar capacity by 2017

By (Bobby Magill, London Guardian  •    •  Posted 2016-10-25 05:30:52

The United States is on track to triple its solar power capacity in three years, according to the Department of Energy. The agency recently released data indicating that solar power has continued to grow in the country, while the coal market has been shrinking. Experts say that the rise in the solar energy industry can be attributed to the low costs of equipment as well as tax credits offered to the sector [ read more … ]

Washington State’s Ambitious Carbon Tax Proposal

By Editorial Board, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2016-10-25 05:31:15

Anybody hoping for a robust national discussion about climate change this election year has been sorely disappointed. But one state, Washington, has been having just such a debate, thanks to an ambitious ballot proposal that would impose a tax on carbon emissions. [ read more … ]

Here’s how much of the world would need to be covered in wind turbines to power the planet

By Leanna Garfield, Business Insider  •    •  Posted 2016-10-25 05:30:19

Wind energy is a deeply underrated resource. Though the US invested $14.5 billion in wind-power projects last year, wind farms still provide just 4% of the nation’s electricity, according to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). Globally, that percentage is about the same — teven hough researchers estimate that non-urban wind farms have the technical potential to produce up to 40 times the electricity the world consumes. [ read more … ]

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