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October 26, 2017

Tax debate opens door for renewables to get same break as fossil fuels

By Dino Grandoni, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2017-10-26 06:42:38

One of the biggest boons for the oil-and-gas sector is the use of a legal entity called a master limited partnership, or MLP, which allows firms to lighten their tax loads and get easier access to investment in pipelines and other projects. Now a group of bipartisan senators wants to let alternative sources of energy use that investment and tax vehicle, too. [ read more … ]

Clean energy backers see opening in tax reform push

Geof Koss and Christa Marshall, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2017-10-26 06:43:12

As tax reform talks head into high gear, House and Senate lawmakers are dusting off bipartisan legislation that would allow clean energy developers to utilize a popular tax mechanism currently limited to fossil fuel projects. The bill, introduced yesterday in the Senate by Sens. Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), and in the House by Reps. Ted Poe (R-Texas) and Mike Thompson (D-Calif.), would allow a wide range of clean energy sources to form master-limited partnerships (MLPs). [ read more … ]

Opposition Grows To DOE Energy Secretary Perry’s Coal & Nuclear Bailout, Manufacturers Claim It Will Kill Jobs

By Joshua S Hill, CleanTechnica  •    •  Posted 2017-10-26 06:44:52

Opposition continues to grow and solidify against US Department of Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s plan to prop up the country’s coal and nuclear industries by subsidizing their supposed contribution to grid resiliency, with a diverse group of 12 energy industry associations and a large group of manufacturers calling on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to ditch the plan. [ read more … ]

Facebook to build wind farm to help power Omaha data center

By The Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2017-10-26 06:43:42

Officials said the project will produce the second-largest wind farm in Nebraska, behind the 400-megawatt Grande Prairie project in Holt County. Officials also said the new wind farm will generate enough energy to power 90,000 homes. Both projects are examples of the state’s rich wind resource being acknowledged, said David Bracht, director of the Nebraska Energy Office. [ read more … ]

These 5 U.S. Towns Are Powered Entirely By Renewable Energy

By Alison Moodie, Huffington Post  •    •  Posted 2017-10-26 06:44:13

Over the past decade, five locations ― Aspen, Colorado; Greensburg, Kansas; Burlington, Vermont; Kodiak Island, Alaska; and Rock Port, Missouri ― have successfully made the switch to 100 percent renewables. “Right now the cities that are doing it are ones where ‘the right conditions’ ― already a good energy mix, rich ― are in place, but this doesn’t need to persist,” said Dan Kammen, a professor of energy at the University of California, Berkeley. “Cities can all essentially source green energy and use offsets to fill gaps until more clean generation comes online.” [ read more … ]

Want To Invest In Massachusetts Offshore Wind? New Resources Offer Insight

By North American Wind Power  •    •  Posted 2017-10-26 06:44:30

The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) has released a report that aims to guide industry investment on potential locations for offshore wind manufacturing, as well as a supply chain directory of 320 Massachusetts and regional small businesses capable of contributing to the industry.
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US offshore wind momentum sparks competition among state leaders, businesses

By AWEA  •    •  Posted 2017-10-26 06:45:11

New York isn’t the only state with strong offshore wind potential, nor is it the only state determined to capture the economic benefits. Conference attendees including Mary Beth Tung from the Maryland Energy Administration and Steve Pike from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center were among those who remarked on friendly competition between states racing to develop an offshore wind industry. Maryland, Massachusetts, New York and New Jersey each have policies in place that will drive significant offshore wind capacity growth. [ read more … ]

The hottest job over the next decade is expected to be solar panel installer

By Jeff Cox, CNBC  •    •  Posted 2017-10-26 06:45:29

The U.S. economy is projected to add 11.5 million jobs over the next decade, with about one-third coming from the rapidly growing health care field, according to government estimates released Tuesday. If realized, the estimate for the 2016-26 period would reflect a faster pace than the previous decade, which suffered the effects of the Great Recession from 2007-09, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said. [ read more … ]

Why Oil-Rich Gulf Arab Countries Are Turning to Renewables

By Fatma Abusief, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2017-10-26 06:45:43

With almost 30 percent of the world’s oil reserves and some of the lowest costs of production, Arab countries in the Persian Gulf will probably rely for years to come on crude exports as a pillar of their prosperity. But improvements in solar technology mean it will be cost effective to exploit the region’s abundant sunshine instead of burning their oil and natural gas to run power plants. That could allow them to export more and boost their haul of petrodollars. [ read more … ]

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