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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

November 28, 2016

This island is now powered almost entirely by solar energy

By Chelsea Harvey, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2016-11-28 04:38:21

“[They] basically just put out a solicitation to see if anybody could provide an alternative to diesel, and that’s something that we responded to,” said Peter Rive, co-founder and chief technology officer of solar provider SolarCity, which was recently acquired by Tesla. [ read more … ]

Upstate NY Towns Embroiled in Fight Over Tall Wind Turbines

By The Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2016-11-28 04:38:45

Clean energy and environmental interests usually go hand in hand. But in western New York, they are battling over plans to build dozens of wind turbines that could be among the nation’s tallest, rising 600 feet above the scenic shores of Lake Ontario. Apex’s proposal to plant 70 propeller turbines amid the farms and towns east of Niagara Falls is still in its early stages, but it has already generated thousands of pages of comments, studies and legal documents considered by state regulators. [ read more … ]

Lessons from a red state in how to go green under Republicans

By Daniel Cohan, The Hill  •    •  Posted 2016-11-28 04:40:02

The presidential election results have been deemed “a disaster” for renewable energy. The presidential candidate touting empty promises for coal trumped the one advocating ambitious plans for solar. Meanwhile, Republicans retained control of the House and Senate. How can progress toward renewables be maintained under a Republican government? [ read more … ]

Transmission critical to wind energy

By Lucas Nelsen, Center for Rural Affairs  •    •  Posted 2016-11-28 04:39:19

Wind energy contributed a significant portion of new generation completed in 2015, making up 41 percent of a total 14,468 megawatts built last year. Many of these new additions were located in the Midwest and Great Plains, regions of the country that boast some of the richest wind energy resources in the nation. Rural communities in these regions stand to benefit from new renewable development, as projects provide new economic activity and revenue for these areas. [ read more … ]

Poll suggests solar issues helped sway Nev. Senate race

Nick Bowlin, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-11-28 04:40:34

In the race for retiring Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid’s (D) seat in Nevada, former state Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto (D) beat Rep. Joe Heck (R) by about 2 points, and a postelection survey conducted for environmental groups shows that Heck’s voting record on solar energy and ties to the Koch brothers and fossil fuel interests may have decided the race. [ read more … ]

Scholars detect Chevron ‘half-step’ in D.C. Circuit

Amanda Reilly, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-11-28 04:40:59

“In the D.C. Circuit, a misstep at this intermediate stage is fatal to an agency’s cause: the court will remand if the agency claimed that the statute is clear but the court concludes it is not,” authors Daniel Hemel of the University of Chicago Law School and Aaron Nielson of Brigham Young University’s J. Reuben Clark Law School wrote Saturday in a blog post. In other words, the pair wrote, the D.C. Circuit gives an agency deference only when it has exercised its own judgment — not when the agency believes Congress controlled its interpretation. [ read more … ]

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