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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

May 22, 2018

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China, India Lead Global Solar Power Expansion

By Chisaki Watanabe, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2018-05-22 06:41:51

India and China are driving a rapid global expansion in large-scale, solar power developments as the cost of building new projects falls, according to an analysis by Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. “Solar energy is taking an increasingly prominent role in driving the ongoing transformation of global electricity generation markets alongside gains in storage, wind, hydroelectricity and energy efficiency,” IEEFA said in a report. [ read more … ]

Solar Beats Coal on U.S. Jobs

By Brian Eckhouse, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2018-05-22 06:42:06

For all the talk about coal-industry employment, solar energy accounted for more than twice as many jobs last year, about 350,000 workers, according to a report from the Energy Futures Initiative, a Washington-based nonprofit headed by former U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Ameren Plans 400-Megawatt Wind Farm, Missouri’s Largest

By Jim Salter, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2018-05-22 06:42:32

Ameren Missouri announced plans Monday for a 400-megawatt wind farm in rural northeast Missouri, creating enough power to serve 120,000 homes within two years. St. Louis-based Ameren said its High Prairie Wind Farm near Kirksville will be the largest in the state. Ajay Arora, vice president of power operations and energy management at Ameren Missouri, called it a significant step toward Ameren’s goal of reducing carbon emissions 80 percent by 2050. [ read more … ]

How California’s residential solar mandate could misfire

By Ron Dizy, Axios  •    •  Posted 2018-05-22 06:43:19

While California prides itself on its leadership on climate change and innovative energy technology adoption, this decision is likely to misfire. Forcing people to install solar panels may actually exacerbate grid problems, creating negative secondary impacts without meaningfully greening the electricity system. [ read more … ]

Ohio Wind turbine setback reform gets mixed reaction, potentially pitting wind against clean energy advocates

By John Funk, The Plain Dealer  •    •  Posted 2018-05-22 06:43:37

The wind industry this week said its member companies are ready to invest billions in Ohio if state lawmakers can rewrite the state’s four-year-old zoning rules that shut down new wind farm development. “The Ohio Senate has shown great leadership with their continued commitment to reforming Ohio’s wind energy setback policies,” said Andrew Gohn, policy director for the American Wind Energy Association. [ read more … ]

Lone turbine in Prairie Grove a remnant of Arkansas wind power

By Dan Holtmeyer, Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette  •    •  Posted 2018-05-22 06:43:54

The 100-foot wind turbine near the western edge of town stands as a guidepost, elaborate bird perch and lonely symbol of a renewable energy industry that just can’t seem to take root in Arkansas. It’s one of the only turbines in the state, more than 100 miles from the closest wind farm in Oklahoma, according to the U.S. Wind Turbine Database. Rudy Timmerman built it in the early 2000s and said he could get a couple hundred dollars’ worth of electricity out of it in a month, until lightning or something else blew out its electronics around 2010. [ read more … ]

Op-Ed: Storage Will Be Energy’s Next Big Thing

By David Fickling, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2018-05-22 06:45:19

Storage doesn’t have to mean just batteries, whose relatively high costs and small sizes mean they’re really most suitable only for short-term demand on the scale of seconds to a few hours. The largest-capacity energy storage projects are pumped hydro plants, which move water to uphill reservoirs using cheap off-peak electricity and then let it run back down during the peak when prices are higher. [ read more … ]

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