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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

October 22, 2015

‘Assume the rule will survive,’ former EPA chief tells states

Amanda Reilly, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-10-22 06:36:10

Former U.S. EPA Administrator William Reilly said today the Clean Power Plan would survive legal challenges, urging regulators to start writing state plans. Reilly — who was President George H.W. Bush’s EPA chief — criticized Republican elected officials who have publicly opposed EPA’s bid to reduce the power sector’s carbon footprint and said it would be a “bad idea” to not write state implementation plans, or SIPs, to comply with the program. “Move ahead with planning and assume the rule will survive,” he told an Environmental Council of the States meeting in Washington, D.C. [ read more … ]

Kerry touts ‘enormous progress’ toward U.N. deal

Jean Chemnick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-10-22 06:36:50

Secretary of State John Kerry said today the administration has learned from the mistakes of the past and is laying the groundwork for a “durable” climate agreement in Paris. Speaking at a climate and clean energy event for private-sector stakeholders at the State Department, Kerry said his aim in working for last year’s bilateral agreement with China — which is seen to have injected new life into the United Nations negotiations — was to “try to change what prompted the failure in Copenhagen.” [ read more … ]

A renewable energy success story above the Arctic Circle

Margaret Kriz Hobson, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-10-22 06:37:14

An autumn rainstorm was moving across the Kotzebue Sound in late September as Matt Bergan stopped by the power plant to check how much renewable electricity was flowing into this northeastern coastal community. Four miles outside town, 19 wind turbines were spinning steadily in the breeze, producing 60 to 65 percent of the power being used by the city’s 3,200 residents. [ read more … ]

Procter & Gamble to Run Its Factories With Wind Power

By RACHEL ABRAMS, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2015-10-22 06:37:38

Procter & Gamble has found a new source for making Tide detergent: wind. The global consumer products giant is teaming up with EDF Renewable Energy to build a wind farm in Texas that it says will power all of its North American plants that manufacture home care and fabric products. Those facilities make some of the company’s best-known household items, including Tide, Febreze and Mr. Clean. It is Procter & Gamble’s biggest foray into wind power, and is the latest in a burst of partnerships between major American corporations and renewable energy companies.
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Google’s newest renewable energy investment: Africa’s biggest wind farm

By Chelsea Harvey, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2015-10-22 06:38:03

Google has made a reputation for itself in recent years as a major investor in renewable energy. And, the company announced its newest investment: a wind power project in Kenya that, when completed, will be the continent’s biggest wind farm. The Lake Turkana Wind Power Project, which broke ground in July, is expected to generate 1,400 gigawatt-hours of power per year, or 15 percent of the country’s electricity consumption, according to a fact sheet from Vestas, one of the project’s co-developers. The project will include 365 wind turbines, spread along the shore of Kenya’s Lake Turkana. [ read more … ]

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