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June 6, 2013

Colo. governor signs law doubling clean-power standard for rural co-ops

Scott Streater, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-06-06 11:48:57

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) signed a controversial bill into law this afternoon that will double the renewable energy standard for rural electric cooperatives in the state, drawing cheers from environmental leaders. Hickenlooper’s signature was the last obstacle in front of S.B. 252, which will require electric co-ops with more than 100,000 customers to increase the minimum amount of renewable energy offered to 20 percent from the current 10 percent by 2020. [ read more … ]

Companies form coalition to promote MLP expansion

Nick Juliano, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-06-06 11:49:20

Several renewable energy developers and equipment manufacturers yesterday launched a new coalition to push legislation that would extend to their sectors the ability to establish partnerships that have long been prevalent among oil and gas companies as a way to avoid corporate taxes and more easily raise money from investors. The Financing America’s Investment in Renewables (FAIR) Coalition plans to lobby Congress to allow wind, solar, efficiency and other clean energy firms to establish master limited partnerships (MLPs), pass-through entities that fossil fuel firms have used for decades.
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Can renewable energy standards be changed to protect against all-encompassing blackouts?

Christa Marshall, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-06-06 11:49:39

State renewable standards could be tools for keeping the power on at critical facilities like hospitals during extreme weather events like Superstorm Sandy, according to a new report. Because 29 states have such standards in place, and there is a precedent for adding adjustments to them, they are an obvious potential choice to establish new mechanisms for improving the nation’s outdated infrastructure and vulnerability to blackouts, according to the study from the Clean Energy States Alliance, a pro-renewable and energy efficiency group. [ read more … ]

Google makes deal with Nordic wind farm

E&E  •    •  Posted 2013-06-06 11:49:58

Tech giant Google Inc. has made two renewable energy deals in one week, one with a 24-turbine wind farm in Sweden and another with a solar power project in South Africa. [ read more … ]

Oil and gas development a better deal for taxpayers — Vitter

Phil Taylor, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-06-06 11:50:17

The top Republican on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee today said the federal government is making a fiscally foolish bet in offshore wind, an energy source he said would not stand on its own without government subsidies. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) today said he received a response to his letter last November to the Interior Department seeking an economic rationale for its issuance of a noncompetitive lease to offshore wind developer NRG Bluewater Wind Delaware LLC off the coast of Delaware. [ read more … ]

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