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June 15, 2017

Wind and solar in March accounted for 10% of U.S. electricity generation for first time

By Owen Comstock, EIA  •    •  Posted 2017-06-15 06:49:56

For the first time, monthly electricity generation from wind and solar (including utility-scale plants and small-scale systems) exceeded 10% of total electricity generation in the United States, based on March data in EIA’s Electric Power Monthly. Electricity generation from both of these energy sources has grown with increases in wind and solar generating capacity. On an annual basis, wind and solar made up 7% of total U.S. electric generation in 2016. [ read more … ]

Wind, solar surpassed 10 percent of U.S. electricity in March: EIA

By Valerie Volcovici, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2017-06-15 06:50:53

Wind and solar accounted for more than 10 percent of U.S. electricity generation for the first time in March, the Energy Department’s Energy Information Administration said on Wednesday. Wind and solar power capacity has been growing in the United States, accounting for an average of up to 7 percent of electricity in 2016.
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Renewables Groups To Congress: Do Not Slash Funding For Our Energy Programs

By North American Wind Power  •    •  Posted 2017-06-15 06:52:10

Five national business groups representing renewable energy technologies, developers, financiers and Fortune 500 buyers are urging Congress to fund what they feel are vital programs at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). A June 13 letter was penned to House and Senate appropriators from the American Council On Renewable Energy, American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), Geothermal Energy Association, National Hydropower Association and Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). The groups conveyed support specifically for programs at the DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Advanced Research Programs Agency – Energy (ARPA-E). [ read more … ]

Scientists Praise Energy Innovation Office Trump Wants to Shut Down

By BRAD PLUMER, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2017-06-15 06:53:25

The debate over the future of energy innovation in the United States was renewed on Tuesday when a panel convened by the National Academy of Sciences released an in-depth report praising a key research office that President Trump wants to eliminate. The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, or ARPA-E, was created in 2007 under President George W. Bush to fund research into long-shot technologies, such as advanced batteries or algae-based biofuels, that might one day prove useful for tackling climate change and other energy challenges. [ read more … ]

Iowa politicians voice thoughts on clean energy

By Madeleine Neal, The Daily Iowan  •    •  Posted 2017-06-15 06:53:45

“Since the ’80s, we’ve led the nation in renewable energy and fuels,” Reynolds said. “Not only do we feed the world, but we fuel the world.” But in addition to leading the nation in renewable energy and fueling job growth, Reynolds also said she will lead an all-Iowa farm trade mission to China in July, which she hopes will serve as another opportunity for Iowa to bring investment to the state and to grow its market share for Iowa commodities. [ read more … ]

Bills look to boost infrastructure

Sam Mintz, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-06-15 06:54:30

House and Senate lawmakers introduced a handful of bills this week aimed at promoting energy infrastructure, including dams and pipelines. One, from Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), is the latest in his efforts to establish an Appalachian natural gas storage facility. S. 1337 would make the proposed regional storage hub eligible for the Department of Energy’s loan guarantee program. It follows pieces of legislation from Manchin and his West Virginia colleague Sen. Shelley Capito Moore (R) aimed at studying and developing the energy hub [ read more … ]

New wind campaign targets Trump

Christa Marshall, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-06-15 06:54:56

A wind advocacy group is launching a seven-figure ad campaign in Washington, D.C., to target federal officials weighing budget cuts and policies that could harm the industry. The “True American Power” campaign from American Wind Action — which formed last year — is designed to “educate” Trump officials and members of Congress about the economic and job benefits of wind. The multimonth push will include TV, radio and digital video ads on shows such as “Fox & Friends,” the group said. [ read more … ]

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