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Germany to limit offshore wind power

Source: By Andreas Rinke and Caroline Copley, Reuters • Posted: Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

Germany plans to cap the expansion of offshore wind power at the start of the next decade to ensure the future growth of renewables keeps step with the construction of new power lines, according to a revision to a new energy law seen by Reuters. Between 2021 and 2025 the government plans to limit offshore wind installations to 3.1 gigawatts (GW) of capacity since high-voltage power lines needed to carry green energy from the windy north to the industrial south will not be ready.

Embattled offshore wind project violated NEPA, ESA — judges

Source: Robin Bravender, E&E reporter • Posted: Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

A long-stalled offshore wind project is facing new hurdles after federal judges today ruled that the government’s environmental approvals were unlawful. The decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit marks a win for environmentalists challenging the Cape Wind offshore wind project planned for coastal Massachusetts. Permits for the project have been stalled in federal courts and agencies for more than a decade.

Lawmakers plot endgame on spending; energy bill appears stuck

Source: Manuel Quiñones, E&E reporter • Posted: Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

The House pulled its energy and water spending bill in May over a controversial Democratic amendment to prohibit federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT workers. Also in limbo are talks to merge House and Senate versions of energy reform legislation. The House named conferees weeks ago, but the Senate has yet to act. “We’re sort of like the Maytag repairman. We’re waiting for the call that they’ve named conferees,” said House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) yesterday.

Congress loads schedule with unfinished business

Source: George Cahlink, E&E reporter • Posted: Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

A proposed Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization could also emerge this week with the agency’s current operating authority due to expire July 15. As one of the few must-pass measures in this Congress, the bill could become a magnet for attaching other legislation. Renewable energy advocates have been pressing to fix what they call an oversight in last year’s end-of-year omnibus spending and tax package, which extended the investment tax credit for solar for five years but not other qualifying sources. Leaders of the Senate Commerce Committee, however, said they have drawn up an FAA extension running through 2017 that will not contain any tax provisions.

Solar installer eyes women as key to boosting renewables

Source: Anne C. Mulkern, E&E reporter • Posted: Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

Laura Galavis grew up in a country where oil is king. Living in Caracas, Venezuela, she saw the power that petroleum had over residents. When oil prices climbed, the country made money from selling the fuel. At the same time, Galavis said, residents struggled to pay for gasoline. When petroleum prices fell, the country suffered economically and poverty spread. It inspired her to learn how to install solar panels.

Wind energy exports making port’s role more important

Source: By Chris Ramirez, Corpus Christi Daily Caller • Posted: Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

Texas ranks first in the nation for both installed and under-construction wind capacity, while also supporting more than 24,000 wind-related jobs. The state is home to at least 40 manufacturing facilities and numerous component suppliers, and its wind energy industry has provided nearly $33 billion in capital investment. The parts to make a windmill are big; a tower can stretch several hundred feet. That’s where the Coastal Bend’s largest port can play a vital role in getting blades, turbines and other materials from a transaction sheet to someone’s property.

Broad Coalition Calls on Governor Cuomo to Launch Offshore Wind Power for New York

Source: By Long Island Exchange • Posted: Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

A letter from over 60 groups representing hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers was sent to Governor Cuomo, calling for bold action to start a new energy chapter for the Empire State. With a massive offshore wind resource available right off our shores, representatives of environmental, public health, labor, environmental justice, and community organizations are pushing for a large-scale, long-term, megawatt-certain offshore wind power commitment from the Governor.

Wind energy group gets in on 2016 fight

Source: By Devin Henry, The Hill • Posted: Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

Wind energy industry leaders have formed a new political group to promote the power source and back candidates ahead of this November’s elections. The American Wind Action (AWA) groupnwill “focus on ensuring that the public understand the importance of wind to energy policy,” the group said in a statement, and “also help elect candidates who are strong advocates for wind, and work to defeat candidates who oppose wind energy with a leading-edge grassroots effort in the 2016 campaign.”

Five Years Later, FERC Takes Another Look at Order 1000

Source: By Rory Sweeney • Posted: Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

FERC’s technical conference last week on Order 1000’s performance produced a mix of feedback, with some participants suggesting complete overhauls of the landmark rule and others saying it’s too early to tell if any changes would be useful. But nearly every participant urged the commission to improve transparency in transmission planners’ decision-making processes

Hillary Clinton’s Ambitious Climate Change Plan Avoids Carbon Tax

Source: By CORAL DAVENPORT, New York Times • Posted: Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

John Podesta, a former senior counselor to Mr. Obama who is now the chairman of Mrs. Clinton’s campaign, is an architect of both the Obama and Clinton climate change plans. In crafting them, Mr. Podesta, an ardent environmentalist and a seasoned political operative, sought to take substantive action to reduce emissions without turning to Congress, where climate legislation would most likely again be doomed.