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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

November 19, 2015

House Dems float 2-year extension of wind credit

Geof Koss, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-11-19 06:41:00

House Democrats have introduced a bill to extend the expired renewable production tax credit for one year while expanding the qualification requirements for a separate key incentive for solar and other renewables. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) yesterday introduced H.R. 4040, the “Bridge to a Clean Energy Future Act of 2015,” which would extend the PTC and an assortment of other breaks for two years. [ read more … ]

Politicization of climate change hinders adaptation in cities — report

Brittany Patterson, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-11-19 06:41:30

Portland, Ore., gets it — adapting to climate change, that is. Local decisionmakers in the liberal city, with a bustling population of just over 600,000 people, reported very high levels of concern about climate change and advanced adaptation plans, according to an analysis undertaken by researchers at George Washington University (GW).
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Lower-Cost Wind and Solar Will Drive Energy Storage Technology

By Naureen Malik, Bloomberg News  •    •  Posted 2015-11-19 06:42:00

Large wind and solar farms can compete in the power market even with low natural gas prices and will drive the adoption of technology to store renewable energy, according to an analysis by financial advisers Lazard Ltd. The cost to build a utility-scale solar photovoltaic plant has fallen by about 80 percent since 2009 while wind projects have dropped by 60 percent, the financial advisory and asset management company said in a report. Lower costs make large renewable power projects competitive with conventional generators without subsidies. [ read more … ]

EPA climate rule could boost solar, wind in Ariz. — study

Scott Streater, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-11-19 06:42:44

A new study says Arizona could meet carbon-cutting goals in U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan simply by developing the state’s abundant and already available solar and wind power resources over the next 15 years. What’s more, the 46-page study, conducted by the Tucson, Ariz.-based Sonoran Institute and researchers with Arizona State University, reports there are at least 15 large-scale solar and wind projects with the capacity to produce 2,032 megawatts of electricity that are already in some stage of the federal or state permitting process. [ read more … ]

White House initiative aims to broaden Americans’ access

Christa Marshall, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-11-19 06:42:22

The White House announced new partners in a federal initiative to broaden Americans’ access to solar power — particularly in low- and moderate-income neighborhoods — with more than $500 million in pledged funds. The program is part of President Obama’s broader climate plan heading into the Paris climate negotiations. Last week, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said lower costs of key technologies like solar — enabled by research and development — would be a “central theme” from the United States at the U.N. climate conference. [ read more … ]

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