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April 10, 2017

The New Sun Kings: How China Came to Dominate Solar Power

By KEITH BRADSHER, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2017-04-10 04:35:22

Economists and business groups warn that China’s industrial ambitions have entered a new, far-reaching phase. With its deep government pockets, growing technical sophistication and a comprehensive plan to free itself from dependence on foreign companies, China aims to become dominant in industries of the future like renewable energy, big data and self-driving cars. [ read more … ]

Sign of the Times? Solar Panels Power Kentucky Coal Museum

By The Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2017-04-10 04:35:44

Don’t look to the Kentucky Coal Museum to bring coal back. The museum is installing solar panels on its roof, part of a project aimed at lowering the energy costs of one of the city’s largest electric customers. It’s also a symbol of the state’s efforts to move away from coal as its primary energy source as more coal-fired power plants are replaced by natural gas. The state legislature recently lifted its decades-old ban on nuclear power. [ read more … ]

Pruitt talks up partnership with state regulators

Kevin Bogardus, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-04-10 04:37:12

U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt spoke to state environmental regulators, espousing his pitch for “cooperative federalism” as agency chief. In a speech at the Environmental Council of the States’ spring meeting in Washington, Pruitt said he aims to work with state agencies on cutting back pollution as well as rebuilding the country’s water infrastructure.
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Hundreds of Clean Energy Bills Have Been Introduced in States Nationwide This Year

BY ZAHRA HIRJI, Inside Clean Energy  •    •  Posted 2017-04-10 04:38:00

Lawmakers in state legislatures across the nation have proposed hundreds of bills this year relating to clean energy. While many propose to grow alternative energy resources, others work to impede them, creating a chaotic map of countervailing efforts. State politicians have introduced measures to dramatically expand renewable electric power in nearly a dozen states in the first three months of 2017, some as ambitious as aiming to run entirely on renewables within a few decades; some would launch smaller-scale community solar ventures, like a pilot in Virginia; others would add tax breaks for solar users in South Carolina and Florida. [ read more … ]

Berkshire subsidiary on renewable energy push across the West

By Steve Jordon, Omaha World-Herald  •    •  Posted 2017-04-10 04:36:17

Wind and the sun will be powering more of the American West in coming years as a Berkshire Hathaway subsidiary takes advantage of federal tax credits that encourage renewable energy to take the place of coal-generated power. PacifiCorp, a division of Berkshire Hathaway Energy, issued a three-year, $3.5 billion plan for its renewable energy system from Wyoming to California. The six-state plan will add 900 megawatts of capacity by upgrading generators with larger blades and new technology, build a 140-mile-long power line in Wyoming and add 1,100 megawatts of new wind projects. [ read more … ]

900 Chicago Government Buildings To Switch To Renewable Energy

By CBS News Chicago  •    •  Posted 2017-04-10 04:36:40

More than 900 government buildings in Chicago will shift their electricity use to “100 percent renewable energy” by 2025 under an ambitious mayoral plan that contrasts sharply with President Donald Trump’s retreat on environmental issues. Together, Chicago Public Schools, City Colleges, Chicago Park District fieldhouses and buildings owned by the city and the Chicago Housing Authority consume 8 percent of all the electricity used in Chicago, according to city officials. Last year, that amounted to nearly 1.8 billion kilowatt hours — enough to power295,000 Chicago homes. It would take more than 300 wind turbines to generate that amount of power. [ read more … ]

Energy Innovation Harmed in Proposed Cuts: Industry and Lawmakers

By Rebecca Kern, Bloomberg BNA  •    •  Posted 2017-04-10 04:38:26

If the proposed the Department of Energy cuts go through, the U.S. could lose its leadership role in clean energy technology and innovation, business leaders, former DOE officials and members of Congress say. The funds are used for industry and academic research in clean energy technologies, as well as research at DOE labs. Backers of DOE funding say this fills voids for early-stage research that may be too risky for private investment. [ read more … ]

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