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September 30, 2015

DOE tries to jump-start lagging U.S. offshore wind development

Camille von Kaenel, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-09-30 05:56:21

The Department of Energy has awarded around a half-million dollars to New York, Maine, Rhode Island and Massachusetts state organizations to cooperate on scaling up the offshore wind industry in the region. Under the leadership of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the group will lay out a collaborative road map by the end of the year on how to build up the new industry. The project largely aims to reduce the cost of offshore wind projects, which has been a barrier to development, and establish a regional supply chain. [ read more … ]

Inslee and bipartisan group of U.S. governors sign accord with Chinese governors to promote clean energytechnology and economic development

By Office of Governor Jay Inslee  •    •  Posted 2015-09-30 05:56:46

Gov. Jay Inslee, along with four other U.S. governors, met with Chinese President Xi Jinping and six Chinese governors and leaders to discuss opportunities for collaboration on clean energy technology and economic development. American and Chinese participants in the forum signed an agreement to work together to advance economic development opportunities related to renewable and clean energy technology in their respective jurisdictions. The Governors’ Clean Energy and Economic Development Accord establishes an agreement to collaborate on commercialization and deployment of clean and renewable energy technologies, promote energy efficiency, advance smart grid infrastructure, reduce transportation emissions, and improve air quality. [ read more … ]

Gov. Jay Inslee: ‘Fear mongers’ will not stop us from setting carbon cap

By Jay Inslee, Governor of Washington, Seattle Times  •    •  Posted 2015-09-30 05:57:11

Whether climate change is a serious threat is no longer a credible debate. None of us would delay medical treatment if 97 percent of the world’s doctors told us that urgent action is needed to protect our health. Likewise, none of us should resist facing this challenge when 97 percent of the world’s scientists tell us the health of our state is in peril.
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NextEra to Invest $100 Million in Energy Storage Technology

By Chris Martin and Jim Polson, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2015-09-30 05:57:31

NextEra Energy Inc. plans to invest $100 million in energy-storage systems over the next year to back up its fleet of solar and wind energy plants. NextEra is the world’s biggest producer of wind and solar power, and will use the battery systems to manage energy fluctuations caused by cloudy weather and lulls in the wind, Jim Robo, chief executive officer of the Juno Beach, Florida-based company, said Tuesday at an analyst conference. [ read more … ]

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