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May 7, 2015

Hints of potential compromise emerge in new energy bill drafts 

Nick Juliano and Hannah Northey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-05-07 06:39:06

An energy bill is continuing to take shape on Capitol Hill as lawmakers on both sides of the aisle yesterday floated infrastructure and supply proposals they hope to see included in a comprehensive, bipartisan piece of legislation. The House and Senate energy committees continue to solicit proposals for a bill to address energy supply, infrastructure, efficiency and regulatory reforms. Several senators introduced bills yesterday and more are expected today, as Energy and Natural Resources Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) has asked her colleagues to get their ideas in this week. The chairwoman is expected to announce more energy bill hearings today. [ read more … ]

Hawaiʻi First in Nation to Adopt 100% Renewable Portfolio Standard 

By Maui Now Staff  •    •  Posted 2015-05-07 05:57:00

A bill passed by the Legislature this week makes Hawaiʻi the first state in the nation to adopt a 100% Renewable Portfolio Standard. House Bill 623 mandates that Hawaiʻi utilities generate 100% of their electricity from renewable sources by 2045. The bill was introduced by Representative Chris Lee of Kailua in an effort to boost the state’s local energy industry and save ratepayers money. [ read more … ]

Gore: Iowa could shape dialogue on climate change

By Brianne Pfannenstiel, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted 2015-05-07 05:57:29

Iowa could have a critical role in shaping the national conversation about climate change ahead of the 2016 presidential election, Al Gore said Tuesday in Cedar Rapids. “It’s hard to miss the importance of a state that is simultaneously the first contest in the presidential contest and the number one producer of wind electricity in the country with a fast-growing solar economy also,” Gore told The Des Moines Register. “You put those two things together and I think Iowa has a tremendous potential for pushing this onto the agenda of (presidential) candidates in both parties.” [ read more … ]

UN Climate Chief Says Technology Has Changed Carbon Politics

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS  •    •  Posted 2015-05-07 05:57:52

Technological advances that have reduced prices and improved efficiency of renewable energy have helped transform the politics around climate change since 2009 when an attempt to forge a global deal on reducing greenhouse gas emissions crashed in Copenhagen, the United Nations climate chief said Thursday. Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, said countries were ahead of schedule in negotiating a landmark global agreement on curbing greenhouse gases that can be adopted at a Paris summit in December. [ read more … ]

Tesla makes itself the center of the energy-storage universe

David Ferris, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-05-07 05:58:12

The experts who watched Tesla’s announcement of its new batteries last week noticed two things that may forever change the trajectory of energy storage: They’re cheap, and they’re hip. Tesla Energy, as the company’s new division is called, will sell batteries for the home for as little as $3,000, though the installed price may end up being double that. And the company did something that no one has been able to do — put batteries in a sleek package that lit up Twitter and Facebook and got regular people excited at the prospect of having a battery in the home. [ read more … ]

Solar can light the world, but not without big changes — MIT report 

Kristi E. Swartz, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-05-07 05:58:31

Solar has the best potential to be the cleanest, most sustainable form of energy to fuel the world long term, a new study from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology says. But to be able to light up the world on a large scale, significant changes in technology, price and policies are needed. “Further advances are needed to enable a dramatic increase in the solar contribution at socially acceptable costs,” according to “The Future of Solar Energy” study, released yesterday by the MIT Energy Initiative. [ read more … ]

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