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April 7, 2015

Laurence Tribe Fights Climate Case Against Star Pupil From Harvard, President Obama

By CORAL DAVENPORT, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2015-04-07 06:33:51

Laurence H. Tribe, the highly regarded liberal scholar of constitutional law, still speaks of President Obama as a proud teacher would of a star student. “He was one of the most amazing research assistants I’ve ever had,” Mr. Tribe said in a recent interview. Mr. Obama worked for him at Harvard Law School, where Mr. Tribe has taught for four decades.
Mr. Tribe went on to serve in the Justice Department during Mr. Obama’s first term and has argued in favor of the legal standing of Mr. Obama’s signature health care law and executive orders on immigration. [ read more … ]

Coalition Welcomes Washington Governor Jay Inslee and Iowa Governor Terry Branstad as the Coalition’s New Leadership Team

By Governors’ Wind Energy Coalition  •    •  Posted 2015-04-07 06:36:45

“States continue to play a leading role developing the nation’s renewable energy resources, and capturing the jobs and economic benefits that these growing clean energy industries provide,” said Governor Inslee. “Washington state’s wind energy industry has attracted more than $5.7 billion in investment since 2001 – creating thousands of jobs, supporting our rural communities and reducing emissions from our electricity sector. I look forward to working with Governor Branstad and our Coalition colleagues to promote federal and state policies that will help the wind energy industry continue to diversify our nation’s energy portfolio.” [ read more … ]

Branstad to co-lead wind coalition

By Sioux City Journal  •    •  Posted 2015-04-07 06:33:19

The Governors’ Wind Energy Coalition on Monday named Washington Gov. Jay Inslee as the group’s new chairman and Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad as the coalition’s vice chairman. “States continue to play a leading role developing the nation’s renewable energy resources, and capturing the jobs and economic benefits that these growing clean energy industries provide,” Inslee said in a statement. [ read more … ]

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad: The Digest interview

By Jim Lane, Biofuels Digest  •    •  Posted 2015-04-07 06:37:09

Much is happening, in biotech, agriculture and in pharmaceuticals. When I first came to office, we were a big energy importing state. Now, we are #1 in ethanol, a leading biodiesel producer, and we are only behind states like Texas and California in wind. But as a percentage of our power usage we’re way ahead, with almost 30% of our power from wind. And there are the new cellulosic plants like POET-DSM, and in Nevada, DuPont is going to open one before the end of the year.
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With first big wind purchase, Southern Co. continues steady march toward renewables 

Kristi E. Swartz, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-04-07 06:37:29

The Atlanta-based utility’s wholesale power unit, Southern Power, said last week it will buy a 299-megawatt wind operation in Oklahoma. Southern will not build, operate or maintain the project, nor will the company use any of the electricity generated from it. But the project is significant because it’s now Southern’s largest renewable energy-generating operation and the utility’s first major wind purchase. Buying the Kay Wind facility now — long after other utilities have jumped into wind — also demonstrates Southern’s desire not to go after something just because Wall Street likes it, analysts say. [ read more … ]

Duke Energy proposes large scale Florida solar power plants over next 10 years

by Ivan Penn, Tampa Bay Times Staff Writer  •    •  Posted 2015-04-07 06:37:45

Duke Energy Florida announced plans Thursday to launch a major solar power effort that will produce electricity equivalent to that of a small power plant. The plan is a surprising move for Duke, which has held steadfast to the idea that solar won’t work in Florida without storage because the Sunshine State has too many clouds. Duke’s new position on solar comes as pressure mounts on Florida’s investor-owned utilities from homeowners and business owners who want more solar on their rooftops. [ read more … ]

Note: News clips provided do not necessarily reflect the views of coalition or its member governors.