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Massachusetts Utilities Propose 800 Megawatts of Offshore Wind

Source: By Joe Ryan, Bloomberg • Posted: Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

National Grid Plc, Unitil Corp. and Eversource Energy proposed buying as much as 800 megawatts of offshore wind energy as a first step to comply with a Massachusetts law to aggressively develop the nascent industry in the U.S. The three utilities asked state regulators to approve a draft plan to solicit bids for offshore wind energy contracts spanning 15 to 20 years, Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources spokesman Kevin O’Shea said in an interview.

Trump orders offshore review

Source: By Renewable Energy News • Posted: Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

The review will look mainly at oil and natural gas production however it will also include offshore wind development, interior secretary Ryan Zinke told reporters on Thursday. Zinke said east coast lawmakers are keen to promote offshore wind and he is “optimistic” about its future.

Dong opens Boston home

Source: By Renewable Energy News • Posted: Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

Dong Energy has officially opened its North American headquarters in Boston in Massachusetts. The Danish utility has a 50:50 partnership with Eversource Energy to develop the 1GW Bay State offshore wind farm proposed off the coast of the US state.

Laying a road map for states, liberal senators introduce bill to end U.S. fossil fuel use by 2050

Source: By Juliet Eilperin, Washington Post • Posted: Monday, May 1st, 2017

Sens. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) introduced legislation Thursday that calls on the U.S. to transition off fossil fuels by 2050, hoping to spur action on the state and local level, even as the Trump administration pushes for expanded coal, oil and natural gas production. The 100×50 Act would impose new federal mandates requiring vehicles in the United States to release zero carbon emissions, while barring federal approval of oil and gas pipelines in the country, while also establishing an auction of “climate bonds” that would raise money to support renewable energy projects. The measure would also provide job training for low-income Americans and Americans of color, as well as those in coal communities, to work in the renewable energy sector.

Apex salutes 217MW Texas hybrid

Source: By Renewable Energy News • Posted: Monday, May 1st, 2017

Apex Clean Energy has commissioned a 217MW wind and solar complex, which will cover more than half of the power needs of the US Army’s Fort Hood garrison in Killeen, Texas. The complex comprises the 50.4MW Cotton Plains and 151.2MW Old Settler wind farms in Floyd County, as well as a 15.4MW Phantom Solar facility.

Phil Murphy just released a plan that would radically change how N.J. gets its electricity

Source: By Claude Brodesser-Akner, NJ Advance Media • Posted: Monday, May 1st, 2017

Phil Murphy, the Democratic front runner hoping to replace Gov. Chris Christie, last week formally unveiled a comprehensive energy plan that would radically change how many New Jerseyans get their electricity.

Tesla Is Halting Door-to-Door Sales for SolarCity Amid Slowdown

Source: By Dana Hull, Bloomberg • Posted: Monday, May 1st, 2017

Tesla Inc. is doing away with SolarCity Corp.’s door-to-door sales business as it works to integrate the rooftop solar company it bought for $2 billion last year. “After careful consideration, we believe this decision reflects what most of our prospective customers prefer, and will result in a better experience for them,” Tesla said in an emailed statement late Friday.

Wind Power Gets a Leg-Up in Biggest U.S. Electricity Market

Source: By Naureen Malik, Bloomberg • Posted: Monday, May 1st, 2017

Wind may have just gotten a boost in the biggest U.S. electricity market. New rules requiring power producers to ensure supplies are available all year round are giving some an incentive to use more wind. The first test will come at next month’s auction by PJM Interconnection LLC — the grid operator covering the region from Chicago to Washington.

Iowa’s biggest utility aims to produce all its energy from renewable sources

Source: By The Associated Press • Posted: Monday, May 1st, 2017

Iowa’s largest utility is in the midst of a $3.6 billion investment in wind power with a goal of producing 100 percent of its energy from renewable sources. MidAmerican Energy plans to build 1,000 more turbines over the next couple of years on top of the more than 2,000 it already has around the state, the Des Moines Register reported. When it’s completed, the utility’s share of its energy that comes from renewable sources will jump from 55 percent to nearly 90 percent.

Top Trump Aides Clash on Legal Risks of Paris Climate Accord

Source: By Jennifer A Dlouhy, Bloomberg • Posted: Monday, May 1st, 2017

Senior advisers to Donald Trump were divided over the Paris climate accord in a meeting Thursday, as Cabinet members and staffers considered whether staying in the pact could legally jeopardize the president’s regulatory rollbacks, according to people familiar with the high-level gathering. The split means Trump’s staff could end up giving the president dueling advice, with one camp of advisers urging the U.S. to stay in the treaty and another urging an exit. The White House has said a decision on whether to remain in the pact will be made by the end of next month, when world leaders gather for the Group of Seven summit in Italy.