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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

January 6, 2016

Governors’ Wind Energy Coalition welcomes new leadership

By GREG ALVAREZ, American Wind Energy Association  •    •  Posted 2016-01-06 06:45:21

Govs. Terry Branstad and Gina Raimondo will chair the coalition in 2016. The Governors’ Wind Energy Coalition has announced its new leadership for 2016. Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad will take over as chairman, while Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo will step in as vice chair. [ read more … ]

Governors’ Wind Energy Coalition Names New Leadership Team

By North American Wind Power  •    •  Posted 2016-01-06 06:45:00

The Governors’ Wind Energy Coalition has appointed Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo as the group’s new chair and vice chair, respectively, for the 2016 term. “I look forward to working with Governor Raimondo and our coalition colleagues to help the wind energy industry diversify our nation’s energy portfolio and drive economic development in our states,” says Branstad, who previously served as the coalition’s vice chair. “We will continue to share best practices across the states and work with federal leaders to deliver stability and predictability in supportive federal policies.” [ read more … ]

Like Night And Day: How Two States’ Utilities Approach Solar

By Lauren Sommer and Molly Samuel, NPR  •    •  Posted 2016-01-06 06:44:32

This was a record-breaking year for rooftop solar power. It’s booming across the country. But as more homeowners make their own power, electric utilities are making less money and that’s shaking up their business model. Utilities in two states — California and Georgia — are handling the growth of solar in dramatically different ways. [ read more … ]

Regulators deal a blow to rooftop solar industry

By Daniel Rothberg, Las Vegas Sun  •    •  Posted 2016-01-06 06:43:34

With no discussion, state regulators today voted unanimously to slash the value of credits rooftop solar customers earn for generating excess energy. The three-member Public Utilities Commission adopted a proposed order that would reduce by 75 percent the amount NV Energy pays customers for excess power their solar panels produce and change the flat service rate for customers with solar panels. The changes in so-called net metering policies would phase in over four years, starting Jan. 1. [ read more … ]

Google Helps Analyze if Rooftop Solar Panels Are Good Deal

By Emery P. Dalesio, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2016-01-06 06:44:06

The company that lets you compare air fares and translate foreign languages online wants to make it easier to weigh the costs and benefits of installing solar panels on household rooftops. Google is rolling out a new online service that quickly tallies up considerations of going solar and whether homeowners should consider buying or leasing photovoltaic panels costing thousands of dollars. Google’s Project Sunroof combines the eye-in-the-sky images behind Google Earth with calculations on how much shade trees cast over a rooftop, data on local weather patterns, industry pricing and available subsidies to arrive at its bottom line.
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State-by-state renewable energy requirements

By The Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2016-01-06 06:42:42

Twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia have requirements that utilities get a certain amount of their electricity from renewable sources. Nine additional states have goals for renewable energy, while a dozen others have no targets. A state-by-state look at renewable energy policies. [ read more … ]

Note: News clips provided do not necessarily reflect the views of coalition or its member governors.