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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

February 12, 2015

Top lawmakers launch a clean energy ‘gold rush’ with sweeping new climate change proposals 

Debra Kahn, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-02-12 06:53:25

State legislative leaders for California yesterday pitched an ambitious climate change agenda as a job-creating vehicle. Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León (D) unveiled an ambitious package of bills that would extend the state’s greenhouse gas targets to midcentury, expand the state’s renewable electricity target to 50 percent, cut petroleum use by 50 percent, require all new and existing commercial buildings to be twice as energy efficient and require state employee pension funds to divest from coal. [ read more … ]

Apple to build $850M farm to power all Calif. facilities 

By Julia Love, San Jose Mercury News  •    •  Posted 2015-02-12 06:53:53

Apple Inc. is building an $850 million solar energy farm in Monterey County, Calif., that will generate power for all its California facilities, Chief Executive Tim Cook announced yesterday. Speaking at a technology conference hosted by Goldman Sachs, Cook described the 1,300-acre plant as one of the company’s most ambitious projects yet [ read more … ]

Comment: America can boost role of wind energy

By James Walker, EDF Renewable Energy, The Detroit News  •    •  Posted 2015-02-12 06:54:57

America leads the world in wind power — and it’s doing so with one arm behind its back. Today, 39 states, have utility-scale wind turbines. Combined, these 39 states generate more wind energy than any other country in the world. The federal Production Tax Credit, first signed into law by President George H.W. Bush, has spurred the growth of wind power — and generated billions of dollars in investment and thousands of jobs in the process. [ read more … ]

Europe Wind Power Booms on German Demand as 2015 Set for Record

By Ehren Goossens and Stefan Nicola, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2015-02-12 06:54:15

Developers installed 11.8 gigawatts of wind turbines in Europe last year, accounting for almost half the power-generation capacity added, as the region continues to shift away from fossil fuels, according to the European Wind Energy Association. Germany was the top wind market with about 45 percent of the total, the Brussels-based trade group said Tuesday in a statement. It was followed by the U.K., Sweden and France, with the four countries accounting for more than three-quarters of the industry. [ read more … ]

Comment: Lessons for the US in Germany’s energy transition

By Stephanie McClellan, The Hill.com  •    •  Posted 2015-02-12 06:55:27

As German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Obama meet this week in Washington, they are surveying the world’s energy future through a window that Germany opened — one with a spectacular view of the low-carbon horizon. For decades, Germany has been a first mover in clean energy. After suffering contamination from the Chernobyl meltdown in 1986, the nation walked away from nuclear power, and it slammed the door shut after Japan’s Fukushima disaster in 2011. Now, the country is saying auf wiedersehen to coal, on the way to reducing its carbon emissions by 40 percent by 2020. [ read more … ]

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