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October 26, 2016

R.I.’s Deepwater Wind the focus of national wind energy conference

By Alex Kuffner, Providence Journal  •    •  Posted 2016-10-26 05:34:42

The completion near Block Island this summer of the first offshore wind farm in the nation marks a milestone, but it will mean little if more projects don’t follow. Developers, suppliers, elected officials and regulators gathered on Tuesday for the first day of a national offshore wind power conference to see what they could learn from the construction of Deepwater Wind’s five-turbine Block Island wind farm, and to discuss larger prospects for the industry.
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R.I. Gov. Raimondo picked to lead wind, solar coalition

By Colin A. Young, State House News Service, Herald News  •    •  Posted 2016-10-26 05:35:19

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo, who has overseen the rise of the country’s first offshore wind farm, has been tapped to lead a group of governors interested in promoting wind energy.

Raimondo was named 2017 chair of the Governors’ Wind and Solar Energy Coalition, a bipartisan group that Massachusetts helped to found in 2008, and Gov. Sam Brownback of Kansas was named vice chair, the coalition announced Monday. The announcement came as coalition members gathered Monday in Providence for an offshore wind development summit, the group said. [ read more … ]

New leadership for Governors’ Wind and Solar Energy Coalition

By Greg Alvarez, AWEA  •    •  Posted 2016-10-26 05:35:58

Congratulations to Gov. Raimondo and Gov. Brownback, and a word of thanks for Gov. Terry Branstad’s steadfast leadership while chairing the group this year. [ read more … ]

On the Ballot: Two Clashing Visions of How America Will Power Its Cars, Homes

By Valerie Volcovici and Devika Krishna Kumar, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2016-10-26 05:37:41

If the American voter had to choose between Republican nominee Donald Trump and his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton based on their energy policies alone, the presidential election would still be a remarkable drama, amounting to the biggest referendum on global climate change since the term was coined. [ read more … ]

Plunging Solar Equipment Prices Fuel Trade Complaints

ByThe Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2016-10-26 05:36:32

Use of solar power is soaring, but Europe’s biggest solar panel manufacturer, SolarWorld, took the surprise step last month of cutting 500 jobs from its workforce of 3,000. The reason? Global sales are on track for a record year but prices are plunging due to a glut of supply. That is encouraging the spread of clean energy but squeezing manufacturers, leading to politically sensitive job losses. [ read more … ]

New wind rules could dash energy hopes in South Dakota

By John Hult, Argus Leader  •    •  Posted 2016-10-26 05:36:58

The most significant change would require wind developers to leave a space five times the height of each tower between turbines and neighboring homes. Five times the tower height would amount to more than 2,000 feet for 2.5-megawatt towers.
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