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February 11, 2015

Obama Seeks $2 Billion in Private Dollars for Clean Energy

By Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2015-02-11 06:47:15

President Barack Obama is setting a goal of raising $2 billion from the private sector for investments in clean energy. The White House says it’s launching a Clean Energy Investment Initiative as part of the Obama administration’s effort to address climate change. The Energy Department will solicit investments from philanthropists and investors concerned about climate change. The aim is to spur development of technologies and energy sources that are low in carbon dioxide pollution, such as solar panels, wind power, fuel cells and advanced batteries. [ read more … ]

White House seeks $2B from investors for navigating ‘valley of death’ 

Katherine Ling, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-02-11 06:47:37

The White House is seeking $2 billion in “mission-driven” investment to spur early-stage clean energy technology through the so-called valley of death. The Clean Energy Investment Initiative will leverage expertise at the Energy Department to facilitate “more and better” private-sector investment without spending additional federal dollars, Brian Deese, senior adviser to the president on climate and energy issues, told attendees at a summit today hosted by the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, or ARPA-E, just outside Washington, D.C. [ read more … ]

Apple Building Solar Farm to Power California Operations

By BRIAN X. CHEN, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2015-02-11 06:48:12

Timothy D. Cook, the company’s chief executive, said at an investors’ conference on Tuesday that Apple planned to build an $850 million solar farm that would power its California operations, including its new Cupertino campus, stores and a data center in Fremont. Apple said it teamed up with First Solar, a solar-energy equipment supplier, to construct the solar farm in Monterey County. The farm is expected to be completed by the end of 2016, First Solar said. [ read more … ]

California Senators Unveil Bills To Create Post-2020 Climate Program

By Curt Barry, Inside EPA  •    •  Posted 2015-02-11 06:48:50

Top California state senators Feb. 10 unveiled a package of bills intended to extend the state’s current climate and clean energy program beyond their current 2020 expiration, including measures that seek to set greenhouse gas (GHG) targets through 2050 and others that would codify Gov. Jerry Brown’s plans for increases in renewable energy and reductions in oil use. [ read more … ]

Lawmakers move quickly on Brown’s bold environmental agenda 

Debra Kahn, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-02-11 06:49:14

The new bill, S.B. 32, would set a target of 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050. Another bill, by De Leon and Sen. Mark Leno (D), would address electricity, buildings and petroleum use. Another De Leon bill would require the state’s massive public pension funds to divest from coal, while one by Sen. Ben Hueso (D) would form a commission to invest money in creating jobs tied to clean energy. [ read more … ]

Democratic strategist John Podesta leaving White House to help guide Clinton 2016 campaign

By JULIE PACE , Associated Press   •    •  Posted 2015-02-11 06:49:32

While Obama is known to be aggressive in seeking to retain staffers contemplating departures, sometimes even making in-person appeals to their spouses, White House officials say Podesta has been spared that hard-sell. The only message for Podesta, McDonough said, was that he wanted to “get him as long as I could.” [ read more … ]

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