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October 6, 2015

California Leads a Quiet Revolution

By BETH GARDINER, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2015-10-06 06:40:25

California is cruising toward its 2020 goal for increasing renewable energy and is setting far more ambitious targets for the future. Its large-scale solar arrays produced more energy in 2014 than those in all other states combined. Half the nation’s solar home rooftops are in the state, and thousands more are added each week. With its progressive politics, high-tech bent and abundant sunshine, California is fast ramping up its production of clean electricity, setting an example its leaders hope the rest of the country, and other nations, will follow as they seek to cut emissions of climate-warming carbon dioxide. [ read more … ]

Hundreds of companies urge Congress: Pass clean energy tax extenders now

By American Wind Energy Association  •    •  Posted 2015-10-06 06:41:00

Just how many business voices and successful companies will it take before Congress decides to act and pass stable policy to help grow renewable energy in the U.S.? Over 580 companies helping to grow clean energies in the U.S. signed onto a letterthis morning urging Congress to pass clean energy tax extenders. These companies represent a broad cross section of renewable energy technology in the U.S.: wind energy, solar, biogas, biomass, geothermal, hydropower, waste-to-energy, fuel cells, renewable fuels, alternative fueled vehicles, combined heat and power, waste heat to power, and energy efficiency technologies. [ read more … ]

Bush adviser says repealing climate rule is a ‘straightforward’ possibility

Evan Lehmann, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-10-06 06:41:26

C. Boyden Gray helped Jeb Bush’s father make regulations vanish in the early 1980s. Now he says it could be done to President Obama’s climate rules if the younger Bush wins the White House. Reversing the Clean Power Plan could begin in as little as 15 months, if Bush is elected, and the exercise would be “fairly straightforward,” Gray said in an interview this week. Bush said on Tuesday that he would stop the rule in its tracks. [ read more … ]

Jobs being created through the winds of change

By Mary Thompson, CNBC  •    •  Posted 2015-10-06 06:42:02

The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects the number of jobs for wind-techs, as they are known, to increase by 24 percent from 2012 to 2022, well above the average growth rate for all jobs of over 11 percent. Still, it’s starting from a small base. In 2012, there were 3,200 wind tech jobs; by 2022, it is expected to jump to around 4,000. [ read more … ]

More wind power for Mower County MN

By Rochester Post Bulletin  •    •  Posted 2015-10-06 06:42:28

After seven years of planning and construction, planners of the Pleasant Valley Wind Farm expect it to be completed later this month. The 200-megawatt wind farm project based in Hayfield will consist of 100 wind turbines — 88 in Mower County and 12 in Dodge County — and is expected to provide an estimated $950,000 in annual local tax revenue, split pro-rata between the two counties and townships. [ read more … ]

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