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January 13, 2016

President pushes transition from ‘dirty energy’

Amanda Reilly, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-01-13 06:54:17

In last night’s speech, the president broadly touted job growth in renewable energy industries and said making “technology work for us” to solve urgent issues like climate change is among the top four questions facing the country. Obama asked, to some applause in the House chamber: “Why would we want to pass up the chance for American businesses to produce and sell the energy of the future?” [ read more … ]

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad’s 2016 State of the State Address, Renewable Energy Excerpts

BY Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, State of the State Address  •    •  Posted 2016-01-13 06:54:37

“Our leadership in green energy not only makes us a leader in renewables but also powers job growth. Every wind turbine you see while driving across our state means income for farmers, revenue for local governments and jobs for Iowa families. Let’s build on that foundation for a greener Iowa future.” [ read more … ]

Another setback to proposed Iowa wind energy line

By The Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2016-01-13 06:55:00

The Iowa Utilities Board has dealt another setback to a proposed $2 billion transmission line to ship Iowa wind energy to customers in Illinois. The board voted 3-0 on Monday rejected the third request by Clean Line Energy Partners to split the case into two separate hearings. The board stood by its plan to decide whether to approve the line and whether to grant the use of eminent domain in one hearing. The company has said that approach means it has to invest “tens of millions of dollars” acquiring land while running the risk that regulators could reject the line as not in the public interest. [ read more … ]

FERC to launch ‘significant outreach’ on Clean Power Plan

Rod Kuckro and Emily Holden, E&E reporters  •    •  Posted 2016-01-13 06:55:25

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will soon begin an informal effort to engage stakeholders nationwide about a range of concerns with U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan, said FERC Commissioner Colette Honorable in an interview. The effort, coming more than five months after the final rule was published, will be led by FERC staff, Honorable said. “We need to be proactive, and we need to be acting now and not just talking about it,” she said, describing “what I would characterize as a significant outreach effort with stakeholders.” [ read more … ]

Calif. holding ‘very preliminary’ carbon market talks with N.Y.

Elizabeth Harball, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-01-13 06:56:32

California Air Resources Board Chairwoman Mary Nichols yesterday said her state is in “very preliminary” talks with New York to explore the possibility of linking carbon markets. The idea of linking California’s cap-and-trade system with New York’s was first proposed by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) late last year. He envisioned a “broader North American market to collectively reduce harmful emissions” [ read more … ]

Solar energy jobs double in 5 years

By Patrick Gillespie, CNN  •    •  Posted 2016-01-13 06:56:59

The number of solar jobs in the U.S. has more than doubled in five years. In fact, there are more people working in solar now than at oil rigs and in gas fields. The solar industry added 35,000 jobs in 2015, up 20% from the previous year, according to the Solar Foundation, a nonprofit in Washington D.C.. The group is not funded by solar companies. In contrast, oil and gas firms slashed nearly 17,000 extraction jobs in 2015 as energy prices continue to plummet. Oil prices are down a stunning 70% in the last 18 months and hovering just over $30 a barrel, a 12-year low. [ read more … ]

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