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August 7, 2013

Wind’s banner 2012 is followed by woes in 2013 amid policy uncertainty — DOE

Katherine Ling, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-08-07 11:55:42

Wind energy was the fastest-growing source of electricity in the United States last year, installing enough capacity to power 15 million homes, the Energy Department announced today. It accounted for 43 percent of all new U.S. electric generation capacity and $25 billion in new investment in 2012, the annual DOE wind market report says. The report was prepared in partnership with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. [ read more … ]

Move state green power mandate to 90%, and technology will follow, advocates say

Anne C. Mulkern, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-08-07 11:55:59

California needs to set more aggressive targets for renewable energy, aiming to mandate as much as 90 percent of power by 2050, community advocates said here yesterday. A state official, however, said it’s not feasible. Members of a committee representing low-income and minority populations, which is advising the California Air Resources Board as it plans future moves, raised the issue when asking how soon the state will cut fossil fuel-derived electricity generation.
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Last year the hottest on record for U.S. — NOAA

Jean Chemnick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-08-07 11:56:15

The United States experienced its warmest year yet in 2012, with the highest surface temperatures since record keeping began in the mid- or late 1800s, according to the annual “State of the Climate” report released today. Last year also ranked either eighth or ninth in highest surface temperatures worldwide, depending on which of the four data sets considered by the report were used. The report, posted online today by the American Meteorological Society, was authored by an international group of nearly 400 scientists, with those from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Climatic Data Center serving as its lead editors. [ read more … ]

Neb. court upholds wind farm tax credit

E&E  •    •  Posted 2013-08-07 11:56:29

The Nebraska Supreme Court has ruled that a wind company can claim a $1.6 million tax credit to avoid paying higher taxes over the next several years, striking down a lower court’s ruling that the credit was unconstitutional. [ read more … ]

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