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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

March 26, 2015

49 senators back budget amendment to bring down carbon 

Jean Chemnick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-03-26 06:51:43

Nearly half the Senate voted last night for an amendment to the nonbinding fiscal 2016 budget resolution that calls on Congress to address carbon emissions. The amendment by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) was defeated with a vote of 49-50. In language tailored to the underlying resolution, it calls for policies “protecting Americans from the impacts of human-induced climate change, which include action on policies that reduce emissions by the amounts that the scientific community says are needed to avert catastrophic climate change.” [ read more … ]

Plan to expand regional support for wind power takes shape in the Midwest 

Daniel Cusick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-03-26 06:52:09

New wind farm completions fell from a record 13,082 MW of capacity in 2012 to just over 1,100 MW in 2013, the steepest drop in the industry’s history. Last year, with the tax credit back in place, an additional 12,700 MW entered the development pipeline. Kiernan wants to avoid further uncertainty, hoping to lure enough moderate Republicans to support another multi-year extension of the production tax credit for wind power. [ read more … ]

U.S. approves Va. utility’s plan to build 2 test turbines 

Phil Taylor, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-03-26 06:52:32

“The data collected under this research lease will help us understand the wind potential, weather and other conditions relevant to standing up wind power generation offshore Virginia,” said BOEM Director Abigail Hopper in a statement. “This data will be valuable not only to BOEM and [Virginia], but also to other government agencies, the offshore renewable energy industry, universities, environmental organizations and others.” [ read more … ]

Comment: The lessons of Cape Wind

By Jack Clarke, Dorchester Reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-03-26 06:52:50

The wind blowing off America’s coastline has the potential to generate 54 gigawatts of electricity, enough to power 42 million homes. To capture some of that energy, this winter the US Department of the Interior leased 354,000 acres off the Bay State to two wind energy developers. In 2013, the feds leased 166,000 acres off Massachusetts and Rhode Island, and a fully funded wind project off Block Island will soon power 17,000 homes. [ read more … ]

Tandem solar cell improves performance 

Umair Irfan, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-03-26 06:53:07

Scientists have teamed up two materials to soak up more sunlight in a new solar cell. The dynamic duo in this case was silicon, the workhorse of conventional photovoltaics, and a mineral called perovskite. First discovered in the Ural Mountains and named for Russian mineralogist Lev Perovski, the mineral is a crystal made of calcium titanium oxide that has useful photovoltaic properties. [ read more … ]

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