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March 20, 2013

Norquist pitch on Kansas renewable energy mandate rejected

By Tim Carpenter, THE CAPITAL-JOURNAL  •    •  Posted 2013-03-20 12:18:01

Anti-tax conservative Grover Norquist attempted to convince Kansas legislators Thursday to support a bill to weaken a state law requiring utilities to draw 20 percent of energy from renewable sources by 2020. Subsequent votes by the House and Senate suggest lawmakers, at this time, weren’t impressed. Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, said the Legislature ought to abandon the “costly renewable energy mandate so as to mitigate its negative impact on the economy.” [ read more … ]

Kansas Legislators Continue to Stand Up for the Renewable Portfolio Standard

Kimi Narita’s Blog, NRDC  •    •  Posted 2013-03-20 12:18:24

Yesterday was another good day for Kansas and the Renewable Portfolio Standard. The Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) ensures that Kansans receive a certain percentage of renewable energy like wind and solar in their electricity mix, culminating in 20 percent renewable energy by 2020. Upon a second review, the House Energy and Environment Committee voted 10-9 to table House Bill 2241, which would have completely repealed the 20 percent target of the RPS. [ read more … ]

Protecting Renewable Portfolio Standards from Cynical Attacks

Mindy Lubber, Contributor, Forbes  •    •  Posted 2013-03-20 12:18:40

Unless you’re talking about motherhood and apple pie, it’s nearly impossible to get 80 percent of voters to agree on anything. Well, you can add clean energy to the list. According to a poll released last month by Fallon Research, nearly 80 percent of Ohio voters support laws requiring the state to produce a portion of its electricity from clean energy sources like solar and wind.
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With turbines on the watery horizon, hopes for a more streamlined permitting process

Nathanael Massey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-03-20 12:19:00

It took more than a decade for Cape Wind, a 468-megawatt offshore wind project destined for the Nantucket Sound, to find its way through an unfinished regulatory labyrinth of government permits and sign-offs. Now, with developments up and down the Eastern Seaboard paving the way for a raft of new offshore wind projects, regulators, analysts and a nascent industry are looking for ways to expedite the process. [ read more … ]

O’Malley offshore wind bill passes

By Michael Dresser and Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun  •    •  Posted 2013-03-20 12:19:17

Gov. Martin O’Malley achieved a long-sought victory Monday night as the General Assembly gave final approval to his bill to encourage development of a wind energy industry featuring dozens of giant turbines off the state’s Atlantic coast. Passage came quickly and quietly when the House of Delegates agreed without debate to relatively minor changes the Senate had made. The final vote was 88-48. The legislation now goes to O’Malley’s desk for his signature. [ read more … ]

Iowa bill would support farmer-owned wind installations

by Dan Haugen. Midwest Energy News  •    •  Posted 2013-03-20 12:19:34

An Iowa Senate subcommittee surprised utility groups and clean energy supporters alike earlier this month when it unanimously passed a bill that would establish a statewide feed-in tariff for small wind projects. It’s the first time the perennial proposal has ever been cleared for a full Senate vote. [ read more … ]

Cape Wind project announces financing ‘milestone’

Phil Taylor, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-03-20 12:19:52

The developer of what could become the nation’s first offshore wind farm today announced an agreement with a Japanese bank to help finance the multibillion-dollar project. Cape Wind Associates called the term sheet agreement with Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ (BTMU) a “financing milestone” for the 468-megawatt, 130-turbine farm off the coast of Cape Cod, Mass. [ read more … ]

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