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May 5, 2017

Senate passes omnibus with strong bipartisan backing

George Cahlink, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-05-05 06:48:58

The Senate yesterday sent a huge fiscal 2017 omnibus spending bill to the president, who is expected to sign it into law and avert a government shutdown at midnight tomorrow night when current funding expires. The Senate cleared the bill with bipartisan support, 79-18, with no Democrats opposing the legislation. It came on the heels of similar bipartisan backing in the House yesterday. The White House has signaled President Trump will sign the bill, despite some criticism of it earlier this week.
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Kansas increasingly turning wind into gold

By Dan Voorhis, Wichita Eagle  •    •  Posted 2017-05-05 06:49:22

Kansas wind power continues to grow, analysts say. The state will reach 5,000 megawatts of wind power generation capacity this year, according to the American Wind Energy Association’s first-quarter report. Only Texas, Oklahoma, California and Iowa produce more. [ read more … ]

US offshore to ‘top 2.2GW in 2026’

By Renewable Energy News  •    •  Posted 2017-05-05 06:49:56

The US will have installed about 2.2GW of offshore wind capacity by 2026, according to a new report by Make Consulting. The report – ‘2017 North America Wind Power Outlook’ – says robust state-level policies in the north-east US will help support the development of at least one new project a year out to 2026. [ read more … ]

U.S. Wind Energy Installations Surge: A New Turbine Rises Every 2.4 Hours

BY PHIL MCKENNA, Inside Climate News  •    •  Posted 2017-05-05 06:50:18

The wind energy industry supports more than 100,000 jobs, and the past three months have kept workers busy with installations, according to AWEA. Credit: U.S. Department of Energy Every two and a half hours, workers installed a new wind turbine in the United States during the first quarter of 2017, marking the strongest start for the wind industry in eight years, according to a new report by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) released on May 2. [ read more … ]

Bill to move Maine wind power project draws crowd to legislative hearing

By Tux Turkel, Press Herald  •    •  Posted 2017-05-05 06:50:42

Lawmakers heard passionate, conflicting testimony Tuesday from dozens of people on a bill aimed at moving a nationally significant wind energy test site farther from Monhegan Island. Supporters said views of two massive floating turbines would jeopardize tourism, lobster fishing, migrating birds and the sense of serenity associated with Monhegan’s wild beauty. Some said island residents were being bullied and divided by the University of Maine and the partners of Maine Aqua Ventus, a project that is testing new technology for offshore wind turbines about 3 miles from the island. The project initially promised a small, brief test, but has now expanded it beyond anyone’s expectations. [ read more … ]

Florida Lawmakers poised to carry out solar amendment

By Jim Turner, News Service of Florida  •    •  Posted 2017-05-05 06:51:03

Solar energy backers are supporting a “good enough” measure that would carry out a decision by voters to expand a renewable-energy tax break. After the measure (SB 90) got unanimous support Wednesday from the House, the Senate is expected as early as Thursday to approve the bill, which outlines implementation of a constitutional amendment approved in August. If approved by the Senate, the bill would then go to Gov. Rick Scott. [ read more … ]

SolarCity Performance Points to Rockier Outlook for Rooftop Solar

By Nichola Groom, The Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2017-05-05 06:51:31

Tesla’s SolarCity reported a drop of nearly 40 percent in solar installations for the first quarter on Wednesday, the latest sign of a reversal in fortunes for the once high-flying residential solar industry. In an earnings report this week, Tesla said it deployed 150 megawatts of solar generation in the first quarter of 2017 compared to 245 MW in the first quarter of last year. The company, which announced last week it was curtailing door-to-door sales, said it had prioritized higher-margin projects that generate cash up front rather than trying to sell as many installations as possible. But the dramatic drop in sales for a company that had consistently delivered double-digit growth puts it in line with a broad trend affecting the rooftop-solar industry. [ read more … ]

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