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May 12, 2017

Maryland Regulators OK Nation’s Largest Offshore Wind Plan

By BRIAN WITTE, The Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2017-05-12 06:33:44

Maryland regulators on Thursday approved plans for the nation’s first large-scale offshore wind projects, saying the decision will position the state to be a leader in the developing industry. The Maryland Public Service Commission awarded renewable energy credits for two projects off Maryland’s Eastern Shore near Ocean City. The PSC says the decision allows US Wind of Baltimore and Skipjack Offshore Energy, a subsidiary of Deepwater Wind, to build a total of 368 megawatts of capacity.
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Senators Markey and Whitehouse, and Rep. Langevin Lead Legislation to Harness Offshore Wind Energy

By Giselle Barry, Senator Markey’s Office  •    •  Posted 2017-05-12 06:34:43

“The WIND Act puts the ‘win’ in wind energy,” said Senator Markey, a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee. “Offshore wind projects are a crucial part of America’s energy future. Offshore wind has the potential to create tens of thousands of jobs in Massachusetts and up and down the East Coast, encourage local innovation, and reduce carbon pollution. But in order to realize this potential, we need to provide this nascent industry the long-term certainty in the tax code that it needs.” [ read more … ]

Legislation looks to extend offshore tax credit

Sam Mintz, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-05-12 06:35:05

Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), the bill’s main sponsor in the Senate, said in a statement that the legislation “puts the ‘win’ in wind energy.” “Offshore wind has the potential to create tens of thousands of jobs in Massachusetts and up and down the East Coast, encourage local innovation, and reduce carbon pollution. But in order to realize this potential, we need to provide this nascent industry the long-term certainty in the tax code that it needs,” he said. [ read more … ]

Trump signs cybersecurity order

Hannah Northey, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-05-12 06:37:32

President Trump signed a long-anticipated executive order today aimed at boosting cybersecurity for critical infrastructure, including the electric grid. The directive places responsibility on agency chiefs for shoring up and protecting what the White House calls “antiquated and difficult-to-defend” networks.
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Tesla’s solar roofs cost less than its cars

Christa Marshall, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-05-12 06:40:13

Tesla Inc.’s solar roof is cheaper than many expected. The technology company began taking orders yesterday for its new product, which is part of a broader plan to be a one-stop shop for solar power, storage and clean cars. For months, analysts speculated whether the solar roof was a transformational concept or a gimmick, depending largely on costs. [ read more … ]

Oil gets lion’s share of federal incentives — report

Hannah Northey, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-05-12 06:37:13

U.S. petroleum producers have enjoyed more federal financial incentives since World War II than any other energy sector, according to a study released today by the nuclear industry in hopes of swaying a debate on government energy subsidies. Oil companies have received more than $400 billion in federal concessions since 1950, including a depletion allowance and tax deductions, various forms of regulatory relief, and government-backed research and development for leasing, research and development, the Management Information Services Inc.’s report says.
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SolarWorld collapses as Europe’s solar industry eclipsed by China

By Christoph Steitz, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2017-05-12 06:36:23

Europe’s embattled solar power industry has been dealt a fresh blow, with cut-price competition from China driving Germany’s SolarWorld (SWVKk.DE) into insolvency and wiping out quarterly profits at SMA Solar. Shares in SolarWorld, which employs around 3,000 people and was once Europe’s largest solar panel maker, plunged about 80 percent on Thursday after the group said it would file for insolvency. [ read more … ]

Back to school for Branstad: Ambassador 101 required before Beijing

By Kyle Munson, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted 2017-05-12 06:36:46

Branstad’s recent hearing in front of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee was a two-hour love fest. Our governor certainly sounded like the same old Branstad, ready to barnstorm China by traveling to each of its 23 provinces (including Taiwan) annually as a Far East echo of his 99-county retail politicking ritual here in his native state. Except that before Branstad takes up residence in Beijing, the nation’s longest-serving governor must make a stopover in Washington, D.C., to attend ambassador school and learn some of the finer points of his new job. [ read more … ]

$7 million in state Clean Energy Fund grants advance microgrid projects at Avista, SnoPUD

By Penny Thomas, Washington State Commerce Commission  •    •  Posted 2017-05-12 06:35:30

“Washington is a state of leaders who share a vision of sustainable growth and prosperity inherent in the low-carbon economy,” Gov. Jay Inslee said. “I applaud our utilities and their partners for investing in these innovative projects that will secure our energy future.” [ read more … ]

Editorial: Nebraska must capitalize on wind energy

By Editorial Board Lincoln Journal Star  •    •  Posted 2017-05-12 06:38:07

Yes, this state faces hurdles — most notably, landowner opposition and its unique approach of public power districts. But Nebraska has too much yet-to-be-tapped potential to let those speed bumps derail future growth. With the fourth-highest wind potential of any state and nation-leading efficiency of wind energy production, Nebraska is already seeing the benefits of development. Nearly 600 additional megawatts are in development, according to the federal Energy Information Administration, placing the state near the 2-gigawatt mark if and when all come to fruition [ read more … ]

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