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March 31, 2014

Panel’s Warning on Climate Risk: Worst Is Yet to Come

By JUSTIN GILLIS, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2014-03-31 06:46:33

Climate change is already having sweeping effects on every continent and throughout the world’s oceans, scientists reported on Monday, and they warned that the problem was likely to grow substantially worse unless greenhouse emissions are brought under control. The report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a United Nations group that periodically summarizes climate science, concluded that ice caps are melting, sea ice in the Arctic is collapsing, water supplies are coming under stress, heat waves and heavy rains are intensifying, coral reefs are dying, and fish and many other creatures are migrating toward the poles or in some cases going extinct. [ read more … ]

McCarthy vows to be ‘a friend’ to clean energy industry

Daniel Lippman, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-03-31 06:47:31

U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy today promised renewable energy advocates that the Obama administration’s climate rules would help grow the clean energy industry.
“Know that you have a friend at this podium,” McCarthy told a meeting of the American Council on Renewable Energy on Capitol Hill. “The energy issues and the environmental issues are really two sides of the same coin,” she said. “If there’s one message … it is that the president’s Climate Action Plan is designed to complement clean energy development and its deployment.” [ read more … ]

Texas Wind generation output in ERCOT tops 10,000 MW, breaks record

By The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT)  •    •  Posted 2014-03-31 06:47:54

March winds brought a new wind power record to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) region Wednesday evening, March 26, when instantaneous output reached a record 10,296 megawatts (MW) at 8:48 p.m. At the time the new record was set, wind generation was providing nearly 29 percent of the 35,768 MW of electricity being used on the ERCOT grid. The new record beats the previous record set earlier this month by more than 600 MW, and the American Wind Energy Association reports it was a record for any U.S. power system.
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Iowa Senate OKs two bills bolstering state’s renewable energy industry

By William Petroski, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted 2014-03-31 06:48:21

The second bill extends the deadline for putting in place a renewable energy facility in order to qualify for the state’s existing energy generation tax credit. The tax credit is equal to 1.5 cents per kilowatt-hour of generated electricity. The bill extends the current deadline of Jan. 1, 2015 by two years, making facilities placed in service before Jan. 1, 2017 eligible for the tax credit. [ read more … ]

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