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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

March 10, 2015

Low-carbon electricity plans get cheap in Texas 

By James Osborne, Dallas Morning News  •    •  Posted 2015-03-10 06:32:25

While many green power choices are pricey, some consumer electricity plans are getting more affordable with time. In the last few years, renewables have become one of the cheapest options in Texas thanks to the state’s wind farms. A review of state-run website PowertoChoose.org found that plans with 100 percent renewable energy made up three of the top 10 cheapest plans in Dallas. [ read more … ]

Wind energy proposal at Port of Paulsboro ‘Not dead, but on life support,’ Burzichelli says

By Rebecca Forand, South Jersey Times   •    •  Posted 2015-03-10 06:32:50

A plan that promised to bring hundreds of jobs and alternative energy to New Jersey — including construction at the Port of Paulsboro — is indefinitely stalled as the federal government and the Board of Public Utilities have slowed down momentum for wind energy projects. The Atlantic Wind Connection, which would link energy hubs in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey, planned to use the Port of Paulsboro as a construction sight for converter platforms for an offshore electrical transmission cable. [ read more … ]

Sandhills power line: Scar on the land or gateway to more wind energy?

By ALGIS LAUKAITIS, LINCOLN JOURNAL STAR  •    •  Posted 2015-03-10 06:33:13

Rancher Stuart Scranton doesn’t know exactly where NPPD plans to cross his land with a high-voltage power line, but he fears it might be right where migratory geese stop and rest, white-tailed deer graze and prairie chickens dance during mating season.
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As Hearings Near, California Legislators Introduce New Climate Bills

By Inside EPA  •    •  Posted 2015-03-10 06:33:31

California lawmakers have introduced a suite of new climate change and energy bills for consideration in the 2015-16 legislative session, with the state’s greenhouse gas (GHG) and clean power mandates taking center stage as key policy committees gear up to hold their first hearings of the year. Many of the new bills — which aim to dramatically impact state GHG, energy, air, waste and water policies and programs — were submitted just prior to the Feb. 27 deadline for introducing legislation.
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Here’s how much faster wind and solar are growing than fossil fuels

By Chris Mooney, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2015-03-10 06:33:49

Now, a new report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration makes a similar point. It finds that the electricity generated from wind and solar grew a lot faster than electricity generated by fossil fuels last year. In fact, solar more than doubled, and wind outgrew all other sources. “I think the story that renewable generation is up from wind and solar and other sources is certainly the story to tell,” said Emily Williams, deputy director of industry data and analysis at the American Wind Energy Association, which heralded the report. [ read more … ]

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