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November 20, 2015

Donald Trump hated wind farms — until an Iowa voter asked

By Philip Bump, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2015-11-20 06:57:10

“I’m okay with subsidies, to an extent. I don’t like subsidies when you have $19 trillion in debt.” That said, he was clearly supportive: “If oil goes up [in price], it’s great. But if oil stays low, it’s a very tough business.” [ read more … ]

Company slows plan for $2B line to ship Iowa wind energy

By RYAN J. FOLEY, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2015-11-20 06:57:47

A company proposing a $2 billion transmission line to ship Iowa wind energy to electric customers in Illinois confirmed Thursday that it has asked regulators to suspend their review while the company figures out how best to move forward with its plan. Clean Line Energy Partners said it is assessing plans for the Rock Island Clean Line, amid opposition from some landowners and uncertain odds of gaining regulatory approval. The Iowa Utilities Board has granted the company’s request to pause a technical review of its petitions to build the high-voltage, overhead line through 16 counties. [ read more … ]

Nebraska Local View: Fossil fuel subsidies dwarf wind energy incentives.

By Dan McGuire, Lincoln Journal Star  •    •  Posted 2015-11-20 06:58:36

In response to the opinion column “Support affordable energy by ending corporate welfare” LJS, Nov. 14) here are three questions for author Thomas J. Pyle, president of the American Energy Alliance, with ties to the Koch Brothers oil company. [ read more … ]

Judges toss enviro challenge to San Diego turbines

Jeremy P. Jacobs, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-11-20 06:58:11

Federal judges yesterday rejected an environmental challenge to a major wind farm in Southern California. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that environmental groups including the Desert Protective Council had not shown that the Bureau of Land Management acted arbitrarily in greenlighting the Ocotillo Wind Energy Facility project in the desert east of San Diego [ read more … ]

Senators Revive Financing Tactic From ’70s for Carbon Emissions

By DIANE CARDWELL, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2015-11-20 06:59:05

For years, power companies, manufacturers and entrepreneurs have tried to make capturing and storing carbon emissions from industrial operations like burning coal into a business, to little avail. Despite decades of promising research, demonstration projects and government investment, large-scale developments have often proved too difficult and costly to get off the ground. But now two senators think they have hit on a way to move the industry forward. Under a bill set to be introduced on Thursday, carbon capture projects — considered important tools for fossil fuel power plants and industrial facilities to meet anticipated greenhouse gas restrictions — would qualify for tax-exempt private activity bonds, which helped clean up air pollution in the 1970s and 1980s. [ read more … ]

Silver Lake Is Said to Invest $100 Million in SolarCity

By MICHAEL J. de la MERCED, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2015-11-20 06:59:28

At a time when investors have darkened on the solar power industry, a big investment firm has moved in to buy a stake in SolarCity, the biggest company in the sector. SolarCity is expected to announce on Wednesday that it has raised $113 million in a new investment led by the clean-energy arm of Silver Lake, as well as the solar company’s chairman, Elon Musk, and its chief executive, Lyndon Rive. [ read more … ]

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