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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

January 8, 2015

Bipartisan group of governors urges Obama to support wind production  

By Robert Walton, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2015-01-08 07:04:26

Writing on behalf of the 23-state coalition, Daugaard and Inslee urged Obama to “expand the nation’s wind energy production and improve the resilience of our energy system.” Among the recommendations, the governors asked Obama to push for a multiyear extension of the renewable energy production and investment tax credits. “These incentives have made possible the robust growth of the American wind industry and clean energy jobs, with substantial economic return to our states and the nation,” they wrote. The letter also asked for Obama to support the governors’ efforts to expand national transmission development both offshore and onshore. “Today’s transmission system is inadequate for the electrical demands of the states’ modern information-based economies,” they said. “Revitalization of the electrical transmission system must be accomplished on a multi-state basis with leadership from both you and the governors.” [ read more … ]

Plan for Offshore Wind Farm in Nantucket Sound Hits a Snag

By KATHARINE Q. SEELYE, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2015-01-08 07:05:02

Cape Wind, a massive wind farm proposed in Nantucket Sound, has been dealt a setback that threatens its finances and throws into doubt whether it will become the nation’s first such offshore project. NStar and National Grid, the two largest utilities in Massachusetts, which had agreed to buy three-fourths of the wind farm’s power, said late Tuesday that they were canceling their contracts because Cape Wind had failed to meet a Dec. 31 deadline to complete financing and begin construction. [ read more … ]

Big setback for Cape Wind as utilities terminate power deals 

Ariel Wittenberg, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-01-08 07:05:29

The Cape Wind project suffered a major blow yesterday when two utilities opted to terminate agreements to purchase power from the planned offshore wind farm.Northeast Utilities and National Grid had agreed to purchase more than 75 percent of the power produced by Cape Wind’s planned 130-turbine wind farm in Nantucket Sound. Today, the utilities attributed their decision to terminate the contract to Cape Wind’s failure to meet a Dec. 31 financing deadline for the $2.5 billion project. [ read more … ]

EPA delays power plant rules, will write model reg for states 

Jean Chemnick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-01-08 07:05:55

U.S. EPA will put off finalizing its greenhouse gas rules for new, modified and existing power plants until midsummer, acting EPA air chief Janet McCabe said today. The new schedule means deadlines will slip for all three regulations. McCabe also announced EPA will begin writing a federal model rule for the Clean Power Plan for existing power generators. [ read more … ]

Cutting oil use by 50 percent difficult but doable, experts say

By David R. Baker, San Francisco Chronic;le  •    •  Posted 2015-01-08 07:06:28

Gov. Jerry Brown’s goal of cutting California’s oil use in half may sound like an impossible task in a state famous for freeways and sprawl. But by one measure, we may be halfway there. Similarly, Brown’s call for California to get half of its electricity from the sun, the wind and other renewable sources by the year 2030 seems daunting, except that we’re already at 25 percent. The state is widely expected to hit 33 percent by 2020, if not sooner. [ read more … ]

Google invests in Utah’s largest solar plant 

Anne C. Mulkern, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-01-08 07:07:13

Technology giant Google Inc. is investing $157 million in a solar plant that will be Utah’s largest, the Silicon Valley-based company said today. The deal with Norway-based Scatec Solar will develop the Red Hills Renewable Energy Park in Parowan, Utah, about 190 miles northeast of Las Vegas. When finished, it will be Scatec Solar’s largest constructed project in North America in addition to being the state’s largest solar plant. [ read more … ]

Advanced Energy Economy’s Woolf says EPA climate rule to converge with utility business evolution in 2015 

Monica Trauzzi, E&E  •    •  Posted 2015-01-08 07:06:51

As Republicans gain control of both chambers of Congress this week, energy and climate issues are expected to dominate discussions on Capitol Hill. How will the power shift, oil price dynamics and the Obama administration’s executive actions on climate impact policies coming out of the 114th Congress? During today’s OnPoint, Malcolm Woolf, senior vice president for policy and government affairs at Advanced Energy Economy, previews crucial legislative and regulatory energy battles expected this year. He also explains how the debate, and likely vote, on the Keystone XL pipeline could set the stage for subsequent energy measures. [ read more … ]

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