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September 29, 2015

White House announces new leases, collaborative efforts

Katherine Ling, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-09-29 06:09:12

The White House today announced new offshore wind energy leases and increased federal and international collaboration in an effort to meet President Obama’s commitment to obtain 20 percent of non-hydropower renewable energy generation by 2030. The announcements kicked off the first-ever offshore wind summit hosted by the White House, which included representatives from federal and state offices and stakeholders.
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FACT SHEET: White House Summit on Offshore Wind

By The White House, Office of the Press Secretary  •    •  Posted 2015-09-29 06:09:34

Convening State and Industry Leaders; Supporting Strategies for the Long-Term Development of a Clean and Abundant Energy Resource Along All U.S. Coasts. Two years ago, President Obama released his vision to cut carbon pollution and transition our country to a clean-energy economy. One of the key pillars of the plan was the commitment to double our renewable energy use by 2020. We are on track to achieving that goal. However, there is a need to do more. That is why this summer, in a joint statement with Brazil, the United States committed to increasing non-hydro renewable energy generation to 20% by 2030. [ read more … ]

N.D.’s boom-time governor confronts the oil bust

Mike Lee, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-09-29 06:10:07

Minutes after Gov. Jack Dalrymple got through presiding over a vote to change the state’s rules on natural gas flaring, he got an earful from a constituent. Technically, the audience isn’t allowed to speak during meetings of the Industrial Commission, which oversees oil and gas regulation. The Republican governor chairs the three-member commission, which had just approved a compromise giving the industry relief from an interim goal to capture natural gas in the oil field, in exchange for further cuts over the long term. Case closed [ read more … ]

N.D.’s boom-time governor confronts the oil bust

Mike Lee, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-09-29 06:10:07

Minutes after Gov. Jack Dalrymple got through presiding over a vote to change the state’s rules on natural gas flaring, he got an earful from a constituent. Technically, the audience isn’t allowed to speak during meetings of the Industrial Commission, which oversees oil and gas regulation. The Republican governor chairs the three-member commission, which had just approved a compromise giving the industry relief from an interim goal to capture natural gas in the oil field, in exchange for further cuts over the long term. Case closed [ read more … ]

Jeb Bush Energy Plan Emphasizes Jobs, Lower Prices

By Steve Holland, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2015-09-29 06:10:28

Republican U.S. presidential candidate Jeb Bush will lay out energy policy proposals on Tuesday that seek to spur job growth and take aim at President Barack Obama’s plan to limit carbon emissions from power plants. In a speech at Rice Energy Inc., in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, Bush will give yet another detailed policy speech on what he would try to accomplish if elected president in November 2016. [ read more … ]

Gas turbines, not batteries, may provide the easiest path forward for renewables

Umair Irfan, E&E  •    •  Posted 2015-09-29 06:11:11

It turned out that energy storage loses economically compared to natural gas turbines or dispatchable zero-carbon generators. This means that the low-carbon grid of the future can run on much of the technology that exists today rather than waiting for a hypothetical battery that’s cheap and easy to scale.
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