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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

November 8, 2016

Ascendant Schumer seen as green-tinted pragmatist

Geof Koss and George Cahlink, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2016-11-08 06:33:47

Following Reid’s 2015 announcement that he would retire at the end of this Congress, Schumer quickly locked down the support to ascend into the Democratic leader slot, leapfrogging the chamber’s No. 2 Democrat, Dick Durbin of Illinois, in the process. While environmentalists praise Reid as an “absolute rock” on environmental and clean energy policy during his 10-year tenure as Senate Democratic leader, Schumer has played a less visible role on these issues. [ read more … ]

Wind power splits small towns, may tip tight gubernatorial race

George Cahlink, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-11-08 06:34:21

Environmentally minded residents who moved here for the region’s bucolic beauty worry the turbines will destroy the area’s pristine ridge. Opponents say the Spanish developer, Iberdrola Renewables, is trying to buy them off with promises of millions of dollars in payments over the next two decades to the towns and their full-time residents. But backers fret the towns will pass on a unique chance to shore up local finances and also lower their own tax bills. They also say wind power is a must if the state is to meet one of the nation’s broadest mandates for shifting from fossil fuels to renewable energy. [ read more … ]

Denmark’s DONG Energy to Get Out of Oil and Gas Business

By Nikolaj Skydsgaard and Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2016-11-08 06:34:44

Danish energy group DONG Energy plans to quit the oil and gas business to focus solely on offshore wind power, adding to billions of dollars of North Sea oil and gas assets already up for sale. DONG said last month it would sharpen its focus on wind power and could shed its oil and gas business, having hired JP Morgan to review the assets. [ read more … ]

Wyo.’s trifecta — coal, oil and gas — all fall down

Pamela King, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-11-08 06:35:14

“We’re just trying to find funds wherever we can,” Robert Tranas, executive director of the children’s center. “We know it’s not looking any better for state funding or local for the foreseeable future. It’s got us all holding our breath and wondering how this is going to work out.”
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Nebraska conference touts benefits of wind and solar energy

By Cole Epley, Omaha World Herald  •    •  Posted 2016-11-08 06:35:39

Tim Burke, president and chief executive of the Omaha Public Power District, said that even though the utility just closed down a major source of carbon-free electricity production at its Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant, ratepayers can expect to have additional clean energy to backfill a portion of its lost capacity. The Calhoun shutdown “begins our transformation in a new energy marketplace,” Burke said. [ read more … ]

Oregon firm developing airborne wind energy system

By Eric Mortensen, Capital Press  •    •  Posted 2016-11-08 06:36:03

Sean Mish, director of systems integration for eWind Solutions, displayed the Wilsonville, Ore., company’s tethered kites during a Portland technology show in September 2016. The kites spin electrical generators as they deploy. The company markets them to farmers, who would sell the power to utilities. eWind Solutions won a $600,000 USDA grant to advance its work. [ read more … ]

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