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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

October 8, 2015

California Wants Renewable Energy for Half Its Power by 2030

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS  •    •  Posted 2015-10-08 06:44:57

Gov. Jerry Brown dramatically increased California’s climate-change goals, committing the state to use renewable energy for half its electricity and make existing buildings twice as energy-efficient in just 15 years. Brown tried for an even stronger measure that also would have enforced a 50 percent drop in petroleum use by 2030, but was defeated by oil interests. He called that a short-term setback, and insisted that the world needs to wean itself off fossil fuels as quickly as possible. [ read more … ]

Brown signs bill upping renewable energy mandate to 50%

Anne C. Mulkern, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-10-08 06:45:33

“The California example and the California strategy is being adopted, and people are joining with us,” he said. “This is global in its scope. This is not easy stuff. We are here because of oil, oil and gas, and, to a lesser extent, coal. “That is the prosperity. That’s how we got here. Everything we’ve got has it,” he added. “What has been the source of our prosperity now has become the source of our ultimate destruction if we don’t get off of it.” The measure from state Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León (D) that became law, however, is a smaller version of a vision Brown put forward at the start of the year. Along with the electricity and efficiency mandates, he had sought to cut in half petroleum use by 2030. [ read more … ]

White House Issues Veto Threat for House Oil Export Bill

By Roberta Rampton and Timothy Gardner, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2015-10-08 06:46:28

The White House issued a veto threat on Wednesday for a U.S. House of Representatives bill that would lift a four-decade-old ban on crude oil exports, saying the legislation was “not needed at this time.” Congress should instead end “the billions of dollars a year in federal subsidies provided to oil companies” and invest in wind, solar and other renewable energy projects, the White House said in a statement about the bill, which is expected to face a vote in the full House on Friday. [ read more … ]

Wind costs fall to match coal, gas in key energy markets — report

Daniel Cusick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-10-08 06:46:02

In a finding that should resonate across global energy markets, Bloomberg New Energy Finance revealed this week that wind energy has achieved cost parity with fossil fuel power in two key European markets, while solar continues to close the energy price gap across many parts of the world. BNEF, updating its levelized cost of electricity (LCOE) figures for the second half of 2015, found that the cost of onshore wind power fell globally from $85 to $82 per megawatt-hour for the second half of the year, while costs for solar photovoltaics fell from $129 to $122 per MWh. [ read more … ]

Lankford floats bill to phase out incentives for renewables

Daniel Bush, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-10-08 06:46:59

Sen. James Lankford introduced legislation today aimed at phasing out tax incentives for renewable energy. Lankford’s (R-Okla.) bill would phase out all incentives for clean energy by 2026, including the production tax credit, or PTC, for wind power. Congress allowed the PTC to expire at the end of last year after approving a one-year retroactive extension that covered 2014. In July, the Senate Finance Committee included the provision in a broad tax extenders package that passed on a 23-3 vote. [ read more … ]

Nebraska Wind and Solar Conference and Exhibition

By Nebraska Wind and Solar Conference and Exhibition  •    •  Posted 2015-10-08 06:48:30

This year’s eighth annual Nebraska Wind and Solar Conference and Exhibition being held at the Omaha Hilton in Omaha, NE, November 4-5, will feature some exciting new speakers, and the return of a conference attendee favorite, Lauren Thirer with GE Renewables. A Consumer Energy Showcase, open to the public, will be held the evening of Tuesday, November 3. [ read more … ]

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