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March 1, 2017

U.S. Military Marches Forward on Green Energy, Despite Trump

By Timothy Gardner, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2017-03-01 05:31:42

President Donald Trump and his top advisors have often scoffed at government support of green energy. His chief strategist called it “madness.” But the largest U.S. government agency – the Department of Defense – plans to forge ahead under the new administration with a decade-long effort to convert its fuel-hungry operations to renewable power, senior military officials told Reuters. [ read more … ]

Bipartisan effort seeks to double Minnesota’s renewable energy standard

By Frank Jossi, Midwest Energy News  •    •  Posted 2017-03-01 05:32:34

Minnesota’s renewable energy standard would increase to 50 percent by 2030 under a bipartisan plan unveiled Monday by Lt. Gov. Tina Smith. The state’s current renewable energy standard, or RES, stands at 25 percent by 2025 for all utilities, with a more aggressive target for the state’s largest investor owned utility, Xcel Energy. The standard was established in 2007 in the Next Generation Energy Act and signed by Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty. In 2013 legislators passed an additional requirement for public utilities to generate or buy 1.5 percent of their retail sales from solar energy. [ read more … ]

How States Are Uniting on Clean Energy Security

By Michael O’Neill, Paste  •    •  Posted 2017-03-01 05:33:18

President Trump announced plans to slash the EPA’s budget by 24 percent, seriously hampering the agency’s ability to execute effectively as an institution tasked with overseeing environmental and energy policy. A few weeks prior, a group of 20 governors (12 Dem, 8 Rep) sent Trump’s office a letter advocating for strong government support for a number of renewable energy initiatives such as further research and development, grid modernization, offshore wind farms and robust development of battery, storage and distribution technology. The Governors’ Wind & Solar Energy Coalition holds considerable clout due to its bipartisan collection of successes already seen across the United States. Discouraging Trump from following through on gutting the EPA may be a tall order, though. [ read more … ]

Utility Experience Blows Away Concerns About Wind Power

By Dennis Wamsted, The Energy Collective  •    •  Posted 2017-03-01 05:32:13

In a recent letter to President Trump, Brownback and Gina Raimondo, the Democratic governor from Rhode Island who currently chairs the coalition, wrote: “The nation’s wind and solar energy resources are transforming low-income rural areas in ways not seen since the passage of the Homestead Act over 150 years ago. For example, U.S. wind facilities pay rural landowners $222 million a year, with more than $156 million going to landowners in areas with below-average incomes. In addition, $100 billion has been invested by companies in low-income counties, where some 70 percent of the nation’s wind farms are located.”
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GE Renewable Energy To Supply 1st Integrated Solar-Wind Hybrid Project In US

By Joshua S Hill, Clean Technica  •    •  Posted 2017-02-28 04:32:22

While the project is small, it’s nevertheless a good start. The 4.6 megawatt project is a community project set for Red Lake Falls in Minnesota, and to be developed by North American developer Juhl Energy. GE Renewable Energy has been contracted to supply two 2.3-116 wind turbines from GE Renewable Energy’s Onshore Wind business, as well as 1 megawatt (MW) of solar power conversion equipment provided by GE’s Current business. [ read more … ]

Clean energy advocates skeptical, cautious about retail choice bills in Nebraska and Kansas

By Karen Uhlenhuth, Midwest Energy News  •    •  Posted 2017-03-01 05:33:59

Bills before the Nebraska and Kansas legislatures to allow electricity customers to choose their power provider are being viewed with caution, and a little skepticism, by clean-energy promoters in the two states. A Houston-based energy developer with Nebraska ties, Gary Aksamit, appears to be the driving force behind the legislation. [ read more … ]

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