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March 14, 2017

Lawmakers aim to assemble omnibus package by end of month

Geof Koss and George Cahlink, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2017-03-14 06:39:24

A wild card in spending talks could be how Republicans respond to Trump’s fiscal 2018 budget request, expected next week, which will seek an increase of $54 billion for defense activities and an equal amount of cuts from domestic programs. Democrats also continue to draw the line on what they call “poison pill” riders. Republican appetite for major spending cuts is unclear at this point, Durbin said. “I haven’t heard much,” he said. “I don’t know how far they’ll go.” [ read more … ]

Want to Sell More Wind, Solar Power? Find Corporate Buyers

By Brian Eckhouse, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2017-03-14 06:40:09

Contracts to sell electricity directly to corporate users are among the key demand drivers for wind and solar power, while the influence of state mandates wanes, according to a report Friday by Moody’s Investors Service. Multiple factors are spurring corporate power deals, especially from companies that have set their own sustainability goals. And the shift comes as costs continue to fall. Power purchase agreements with wind farms are now available for as low as $15 per megawatt-hour, according to Moody’s, and $35 a megawatt-hour for solar. “The economics are making it easier for new entrants to join,” Lesley Ritter, an analyst at Moody’s, said in an interview. Community choice aggregators are another new entrant, formed by counties or cities to encourage more clean power. [ read more … ]

Wind power now No. 1 renewable electric resource in U.S.

By KTXS  •    •  Posted 2017-03-14 06:41:55

Wind has surpassed hydroelectric as the top renewable electric resource in the United States, according to a new report by the American Wind Energy Association. This puts wind power as the fourth highest overall electric energy source behind natural gas, coal, and nuclear energy. A “balance of power, if you will in terms of energy, is shifting to West Texas. Every new job is going to be here, every lost job is going to be in East Texas — and that’s an upside down situation from what we all grew up with,” said Greg Wortham, director of the Texas Wind Energy Clearinghouse. [ read more … ]

Two more wind farms sought off Vineyard

By Donna Goodison, Boston Globe  •    •  Posted 2017-03-14 06:40:32

Two more companies want to construct wind farms off the coast of Massachusetts, generating hundreds of megawatts of wind energy from potentially 100 or more turbines. Unsolicited lease requests were received by the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management from subsidiaries of Germany’s PNE Wind AG and Norway’s Statoil ASA to develop designated wind energy areas south of Martha’s Vineyard, adjacent to sites already leased for wind farms by Dong Energy A/S and Offshore MW. [ read more … ]

Solar Experiment Lets Neighbors Trade Energy Among Themselves

By DIANE CARDWELL, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2017-03-14 06:40:59

In a promising experiment in an affluent swath of the borough, dozens of solar-panel arrays spread across rowhouse rooftops are wired into a growing network. Called the Brooklyn Microgrid, the project is signing up residents and businesses to a virtual trading platform that will allow solar-energy producers to sell excess-electricity credits from their systems to buyers in the group, who may live as close as next door. [ read more … ]

Massachusetts is one of top 10 states for solar energy: Report

By KRISTIN TOUSSAINT, Metro  •    •  Posted 2017-03-14 06:41:16

The future of solar energy in Massachusetts is looking bright. The Commonwealth has the second highest amount of solar industry jobs in the country and is in the top 10 for solar energy-producing states, according to a new report. Solar energy has been expanding across the country; 2016 saw a 97 percent growth in the U.S. solar market, Solar Energy Industries Association’s (SEIA) year-in-review data showed. Massachusetts in particular played a big role. In total, Massachusetts has more than 14,500 solar jobs. That’s second only to California, which has long been a leader in clean energy. Despite that, Massachusetts has the highest ratio of solar jobs to the size of its overall workforce. [ read more … ]

Oklahoma House votes to roll back tax credit for wind energy

By The Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2017-03-14 06:42:33

The Oklahoma House has approved legislation to roll back a state tax credit for the wind energy industry. The House passed the bill Thursday by a vote of 74-24 and sent it to the Senate for consideration. The bill modifies the tax credit for electricity generated by zero-emission facilities like wind turbines. It says facilities must be in operation by July 1 in order to qualify for the credit, instead of the current deadline of Jan. 1, 2021. [ read more … ]

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