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March 23, 2017

Big Oil Replaces Rigs With Wind Turbines

By Jess Shankleman, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2017-03-23 04:47:59

Royal Dutch Shell Plc, Statoil ASA and Eni SpA are moving into multi-billion-dollar offshore wind farms in the North Sea and beyond. They’re starting to score victories against leading power suppliers including Dong Energy A/S and Vattenfall AB in competitive auctions for power purchase contracts, which have developed a specialty in anchoring massive turbines on the seabed. The oil companies have many reasons to move into the industry. They’ve spent decades building oil projects offshore, and that business is winding down in some areas where older fields have drained. Returns from wind farms are predictable and underpinned by government-regulated electricity prices. And fossil fuel executives want to get a piece of the clean-energy business as forecasts emerge that renewables will eat into their market. [ read more … ]

Joint Statement regarding the Clean Power Plan

By the Governors of Washington, Oregon and California, and the Mayors of Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Oakland and Los Angeles  •    •  Posted 2017-03-23 04:48:28

“We will honor our commitments to our communities to do what’s right to keep our residents safe, secure, healthy and prosperous as we accelerate our clean energy economy and put the interest of our people before those of big polluters. We will continue to invest in clean energy that creates local jobs and keeps utility bills low, and we will electrify transportation to provide convenient, safe, and affordable ways to get around our cities, and make our neighborhoods healthy and vibrant.” [ read more … ]

Trump’s Environmental Spending Cuts Could Cost Republican Districts Billions

By Christopher Flavelle, Blacki Migliozzi and Paul Murphy, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2017-03-23 04:49:01

President Donald Trump’s cuts to environmental programs may face resistance from members of his own party due to an Obama administration practice that spread billions of dollars in contracts to Republican as well as Democratic congressional districts. A Bloomberg analysis of federal contract data shows that spending related to the environment reached 423 congressional districts in fiscal year 2016 and totaled $5.9 billion. Almost half that spending—47 percent—went to districts represented by Republicans. [ read more … ]

Xcel ‘investing big’ in wind over 7 states

Daniel Cusick, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-03-23 04:47:21

Xcel Energy Inc. will undertake the nation’s largest multistate expansion of wind energy over the next five years, with 3,380 megawatts of new capacity expected to come online in seven states. The multibillion-dollar build-out will see wind energy account for nearly 35 percent of Xcel’s total generation capacity and solidify its status as the nation’s No. 1 utility provider of wind power. “We’re investing big in wind because of the tremendous economic value it brings to our customers,” Ben Fowke, Xcel’s chairman, president and CEO, said of the plan. “With wind energy at historic low prices, we can secure savings that will benefit customers now and for decades to come.” [ read more … ]

Minnesota utility’s long-term plan calls for more renewables, less coal

By Frank Jossi, Midwest Energy News  •    •  Posted 2017-03-23 04:46:56

Clean energy groups won a victory last week after Minnesota regulators approved a long-range plan by Otter Tail Power Company that will double its investment in wind power and close a coal plant within the next five years. Otter Tail’s updated 15-year “integrated resource plan” included suggestions from the groups Fresh Energy, Wind on the Wires, Minnesota Center For Environmental Advocacy and Sierra Club. [ read more … ]

It’s Alive! US Energy Department Promotes Solar, Wind, Storage News

By Tina Casey, Clean Technica  •    •  Posted 2017-03-23 04:45:59

All of those folks who were cautiously optimistic about former Texas Governor Rick Perry as head of the US Department of Energy might be feeling a little more cautiously optimistic now. In the past several days, the agency has pushed out some news and social media messages hinting that the agency will continue to follow through with support for renewables. That’s subject to where the new Republican budget axe falls, but in the meantime, let’s celebrate with a look at the latest from DOE. [ read more … ]

Note: News clips provided do not necessarily reflect the views of coalition or its member governors.