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October 7, 2015

California’s landmark renewable energy law to be signed on Wednesday

By Paul Rogers and Louis Hansen, San Jose Mercury News  •    •  Posted 2015-10-07 06:54:42

In a milestone for reducing pollution and fossil fuel use, Gov. Jerry Brown will sign into law Wednesday a bill that requires 50 percent of California’s electricity to come from renewable sources like solar and wind by 2030. With huge new solar farms sprouting in the desert every few months and Silicon Valley driving much of the clean energy investment, the state now receives 25 percent of its electricity from renewables. Brown’s act to double that at a signing ceremony in Los Angeles, however, sets in motion a green energy transformation for California over the next 15 years on a scale larger than anything any state has ever attempted. [ read more … ]

Another $1.6B offshore wind energy project planned off Hawaii’s waters

By Duane Shimogawa, Pacific Business News  •    •  Posted 2015-10-07 06:55:12

Ted Peck, who once led Hawaii’s Energy Office, along with a former First Wind executive, plans to develop a $1.6 billion offshore wind energy farm for waters off Hawaii, the development team confirmed to PBN Tuesday. The 400-megawatt project located 10 miles southeast of Barbers Point in West Oahu mirrors another planned $1.6 billion offshore wind development by Denmark-based Alpha Wind Energy, which would also be located off Oahu waters, 17 miles south of Diamond Head and 12 miles northwest of Kaena Point. Alpha Wind’s 408-megawatt project, which would include more than 100 turbines at two sites, [ read more … ]

Spending talks off to a slow start

Manuel Quiñones, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-10-07 06:55:32

Reid said congressional Democrats and Republicans, plus the White House, would have to agree on new spending offsets and address policy riders. Committee-passed spending bills include several provisions to undo or roll back Obama administration energy and environment priorities. “We’re not there yet,” Reid said about the progress in negotiations. [ read more … ]

Wind energy is now as cheap as natural gas, and solar is getting close

By BEC CREW, Science Alert  •    •  Posted 2015-10-07 06:55:59

Wind power is now comparable in price to fossil fuels, and solar is well on its way, according to a new report that confirms earlier predictions that renewables aren’t just the best option for the environment – they’re unequivocally the smartest long-term investment you can make on energy. The report, by Bloomberg New Energy Finance, found that in the second half of 2015, the global average cost of onshore wind energy will be $83 per megawatt-hour of electricity (which is down $2 from the first half of the year), and for thin film solar photovoltaics, the cost is $122 per megawatt-hour (down $7 in the past six months). [ read more … ]

FERC’s Moeller to step down this month

Hannah Northey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-10-07 06:56:18

Philip Moeller, a Republican member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, announced today that he plans to leave the agency at the end of the month. Moeller in a statement posted to the agency’s website said he had thanked Presidents Obama and George W. Bush for nominating him as a commissioner and that he plans to pursue “other opportunities” in the energy field.
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