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March 8, 2017

US Wind Energy Provided 5.5% Of Nation’s Electricity In 2016, Over 20% In 5 Heartland States

By Joshua S Hill, Clean Technica  •    •  Posted 2017-03-08 04:23:56

The energy generated by wind turbines in the United States supplied more than 5.5% of the country’s electricity in 2016, and in Iowa, South Dakota, Kansas, Oklahoma, and North Dakota, supplied more than 20%, according to new figures from the American Wind Energy Association. The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), working from data provided by the US Energy Information Administration (EIA), highlighted that wind turbines operating in 40 US states generated a record total of 226 million megawatt-hours (MWh) during 2016. This is up 18% over 2015’s figures, but in terms of the percentage of electricity supplied nationwide, represented only a 4.7% increase over 2015. [ read more … ]

Midwestern states now get a fifth of their power from wind

Daniel Cusick, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-03-08 04:24:19

Five Midwestern states are now producing more than 20 percent of their electricity from wind energy, helping to boost wind’s share of U.S. grid-delivered power to 5.5 percent, according to a new industry analysis of government data. The five states — Iowa, Kansas, Oklahoma, North Dakota and South Dakota — account for 21.7 gigawatts of wind energy capacity, according to industry data, enough to power hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses in Middle America.
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Op-Ed: A Lesson Trump and the E.P.A. Should Heed

By WILLIAM D. RUCKELSHAUS, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2017-03-08 04:26:10

In March 1983, President Ronald Reagan asked me to return to Washington to run the Environmental Protection Agency. I had been the E.P.A.’s first administrator, from 1970 to 1973, and over the agency’s first 10 years, it made enormous progress in bringing the country’s worst pollution problems under control despite resistance from polluting industries and their lobbyists. A worried and outraged public had demanded action, and the government responded. Yet the agency and its central mission came under attack during the 1980 presidential campaign. The Clean Air Act was criticized as an obstacle to growth. The agency was seen as bloated, inefficient, exceeding its congressional mandates and costing jobs. The Reagan administration and its new administrator were going to fix that. Sound familiar? [ read more … ]

Trump Set to Roll Back Federal Fuel-Economy Requirements

By The Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2017-03-08 04:25:17

The Trump administration is moving to roll back federal fuel-economy requirements that would have forced automakers to increase significantly the efficiency of new cars and trucks, a key part of former President Barack Obama’s strategy to combat global warming. The Environmental Protection Agency is close to an announcement reversing a decision made in the waning days of the Obama administration to lock in strict gas mileage requirements for cars and light trucks through 2025. [ read more … ]

Rhode Island Gov. Raimondo Sets Ambitious Clean Energy Goal

By Joseph Bebon, Solar Energy  •    •  Posted 2017-03-08 04:36:14

According to a press release from the governor’s office, the state had approximately 100 MW of clean energy in 2016, the baseline year for this goal; therefore, the governor is now aiming to reach a total of 1,000 MW by 2020. The release says the goal will include energy from a broad portfolio of clean energy resources, including solar and onshore and offshore wind, and homeowners, municipalities, institutions, and private commercial and industrial enterprises can contribute to the goal with smart investments in clean energy. (Notably, Rhode Island became home to the U.S.’ first operating offshore wind farm last year.) [ read more … ]

Wind edges coal in Oklahoma for generation in 2016, EIA data says

By Paul Monies, The Oklahoman  •    •  Posted 2017-03-08 04:25:36

Wind generation edged coal in Oklahoma for the first time in 2016 as natural gas remained the dominant fuel source for electricity, according to preliminary data from the federal Energy Information Administration. Natural gas accounted for 46.8 percent of the state’s electricity, with wind at 25.12 percent. Coal generation was 24.65 percent, while other sources made up the rest.
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Iowa Politics Today: Branstad wants to be ‘go-between’ for Trump, China

By The Gazette  •    •  Posted 2017-03-08 04:26:31

Gov. Terry Branstad said once he is confirmed as U.S. Ambassador to China, he hopes to help President Donald Trump’s administration advocate for trade deals and other policies that are better for the U.S. than those currently in place, but also remain beneficial to China. “The best deal is a win-win, which would be better for America but also good for China,” Branstad said. “My goal is to try to be the go-between between the two strong leaders … and hopefully working out some of these difficult issues.” The U.S. exported nearly $116 billion in trade goods to China in 2016, according to federal data, and Iowa exported $2.3 billion worth of goods to China in 2015, according to the US-China Trade Council. Some business leaders are concerned President Trump’s calls for renegotiated trade deals could lead to a trade war that could adversely impact Iowa ag producers and businesses. [ read more … ]

In search of cleaner energy, some Nebraska cities turn away from utility

By Midwestern Energy News  •    •  Posted 2017-03-08 04:26:49

As Nebraska’s largest utility remains slow to adopt clean energy, some long-time customers are losing patience. At least 10 municipal utilities in Nebraska have chosen to stop or cut back on buying their power from the Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD), in search of lower prices and greater access to renewable energy. South Sioux City, about 100 miles up the Missouri River from Omaha, is one. [ read more … ]

Nebraska lawmakers kill bill allowing private energy developers to compete in Nebraska’s public power-only market

By Emily Nohr, Omaha World Herald  •    •  Posted 2017-03-08 04:27:11

A legislative committee voted Tuesday to kill a proposal that would allow private energy developers to enter Nebraska’s unique public power-only market. The Legislature’s Natural Resources Committee voted unanimously to indefinitely postpone Legislative Bill 660, which would offer Nebraskans a choice of power providers with the goal of increasing competition and lowering prices. “We can’t hang a ‘not open for business’ sign on Nebraska.” [ read more … ]

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