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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

August 25, 2015

Obama to traditional energy producers: Get with the program

By Devin Henry , The Hill  •    •  Posted 2015-08-25 06:26:58

President Obama challenged energy utilities, fossil fuel producers and their allies in Congress on Monday to get onboard with his push for clean energy or risk backlash from American consumers and companies. Speaking at a clean energy summit in Las Vegas, Obama dismissed energy interests that oppose his push to green the energy sector as “naysayers” who are “backed by fossil fuel interests, or conservative think tanks, or the Koch brothers.” [ read more … ]

Obama Flies to the Nevada Desert to Promote Solar Energy

By GARDINER HARRIS, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2015-08-25 06:27:19

The speech, at the National Clean Energy Summit, came as his administration announced a series of measures to encourage solar power construction, including making an additional $1 billion in loan guarantee authority available in a federal program for innovative versions of residential rooftop solar systems. But none of the measures would have as great an impact on the solar industry as the Clean Power Plan, which requires states to cut carbon emissions by an average of 32 percent. That plan, announced this month, provides incentives for much of those reductions to come from renewable energy projects — exactly what executives at the conference are looking to sell. [ read more … ]

Hawaii Governor David Ige Drops Bomb: No LNG On His Watch

By Scott Cooney, CleanTechnica   •    •  Posted 2015-08-25 06:28:01

The Asia Pacific Resilience Summit kicked off this morning, an event that showcases clean tech solutions for island grids, communities, and military applications across the Pacific. The opening keynote speaker, Governor David Ige, wasted no time in making major headlines, stating, for the first time publicly, a strong opposition to proposed LNG projects. [ read more … ]

Solar power crosses threshold, gets cheaper than natural gas

David Ferris, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-08-25 06:27:43

“I look at these unbelievable [power purchase agreements], and it’s remarkable that we’ve come so far so quickly,” said Jesse Morris, a manager at the Rocky Mountain Institute, which focuses on reducing the price of solar power. Whether this boomlet of ultra-cheap large solar plants will continue is unknown. Developers and utilities are racing to get the solar plants connected before the most generous provisions of the federal solar investment tax credit expire at the end of 2016. The economics of solar versus fossil fuels varies from place to place, and it is uncertain whether steady drops in the price of solar systems will be able to compensate for the end of federal tax subsidies. [ read more … ]

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