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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

December 2, 2015

Obama defends climate diplomacy, backs aid for islands

Lisa Friedman, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-12-02 06:31:13

Declaring himself an “island boy,” President Obama met with Pacific and Caribbean leaders today and announced $30 million toward a risk insurance program aimed at shielding vulnerable countries from climate change-related disasters. Departing Paris after two days of shoring up support for a new global climate agreement, Obama said France’s decision to host nearly 200 countries just two weeks after deadly terrorist attacks showed a “remarkable display of resolve.” He hit back against those who criticized spending time on climate change at a time when national security threats loom large. [ read more … ]

Inslee departs this week for United Nations conference aimed at bolstering global commitments to combat climate change

By Governor Inslee’s Communications Office  •    •  Posted 2015-12-02 06:31:38

Inslee is credentialed for COP21 by the U.S. State Department. He will help promote U.S. action on climate and participate in discussions with other subnational entities about the importance of regional and subnational collaborations such as the Pacific Coast Collaborative and Under2 MOU, both of which Washington is a founding signatory. Inslee will also meet with businesses about the strength of Washington’s clean energy economy and opportunities for recruitment or expansion. [ read more … ]

Editorial: Offshore wind energy worth a spin

By The Charleston Post and Courier  •    •  Posted 2015-12-02 06:32:04

By now, every coastal municipality and the three coastal congressional representatives have rightly voiced opposition to drilling for oil and natural gas off the state’s coast. Fortunately, a much cleaner energy alternative is showing offshore potential. This month, the federal government asked businesses to submit proposals for wind farm leases off the South Carolina coast. That’s the most concrete step so far in opening up the coast to offshore wind energy [ read more … ]

Commercial-scale solar rooftop power up by 183% in 2015

Daniel Cusick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-12-02 06:32:28

Leading U.S. businesses generated 907 megawatts of solar energy from photovoltaic arrays installed on warehouses, retail stores and other commercial buildings in 2015. That represented a 183 percent increase in on-site solar generation by reporting businesses since 2012, according to data released today by the Solar Energy Industries Association. In its latest “Solar Means Business” report, SEIA found that early corporate adopters of photovoltaic technology have expanded their portfolios, in some cases substantially, over the last four years. At the same time, a growing number of new companies are investing in solar, drawn by the benefits of low-cost clean energy. [ read more … ]

Bill Gates, Moniz hit Hill to promote clean energy fund

Geof Koss, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-12-02 06:32:48

Just days after the announcement of a new multibillion-dollar global fund to boost clean energy research, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz made the rounds on Capitol Hill to sell the plan.
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