West Warwick officials says town ‘greenest in the state’ after 3 wind turbines installed

Source: By Carol Kozma, Providence Journal Staff Writer • Posted: Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

With three new 1.5-megawatt wind turbines to bolster his argument, Ward 3 Councilman Edward Giroux declared Friday that his town is “the greenest municipality in the state right now.”
“It’s very exciting what we are doing; the windmills [are] just crazy,” he said.

In sunny Wyo., solar struggles to shine

Source: By Benjamin Storrow, Casper Star Tribune, • Posted: Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

Solar advocates want to tap into Wyoming’s potential for commercial solar power development, which has been slow to lift off in the state.

They’re asking state legislators to lift the 25-kilowatt cap on solar-generated power that can be sold back to the grid.”I think what this step has the ability to do is unleash a new sector of solar development in Wyoming, a sector that doesn’t exist right now, commercial solar,” said Scott Kane, owner of Creative Energies, a solar installer. “When we look around to other states, there is as much commercial development as there is residential development.”

States may want RPS tweaks for climate rule

Source: Emily Holden, E&E reporter • Posted: Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

States that want to use their renewable portfolio standards to help meet U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan goals may want to make some program tweaks, according to a recent report by the Clean Energy States Alliance. The report digs into how states could count RPS achievements to meet the agency’s power-sector carbon limits.

House GOP unveiling agenda to boost oil, gas, nuclear

Source: Hannah Hess, E&E reporter • Posted: Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

House Republicans will roll out a regulatory approach today that “enhances America’s energy abundance,” as part of a broader legislative agenda for the GOP to run on this fall and pursue under a Donald Trump White House. The plan calls for giving a green light to the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada, streamlining the approval process for hydropower (see related story) and natural gas projects, and repealing all climate change regulations under U.S. EPA’s Clean Air A

Researchers detail latest in storage, renewables research

Source: Christa Marshall, E&E reporter • Posted: Monday, June 13th, 2016

House lawmakers will consider technologies this week that could, in theory, turn solar and wind into baseload power and create an alternative to biofuels without the need for farmland. The House Science, Space & Technology Subcommittee on Energy will hear from scientists working on solar fuels, electricity storage and advanced materials. The purpose of the hearing is to examine the “overall status” of research on the technologies in the United States, said a committee spokeswoman.

Sit-down aims to smooth pre-conference tension

Source: Geof Koss, E&E reporter • Posted: Monday, June 13th, 2016

Senate Energy Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) said Thursday that she was optimistic the huddle with ranking member Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) and the pair’s House counterparts on the Energy and Commerce Committee, Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and ranking member Frank Pallone (D-N.J.), would help clear the air over the conference, “Our staffs have been working to try to pull some things together, but it doesn’t happen till we get everyone sitting down,” she said. Democrats have taken a dismal view of the House’s revised energy bill over the inclusion of multiple bills that have drawn veto threats from the White House.

Coal Production Plummets to Lowest Level in 35 Years

Source: By CLIFFORD KRAUSS, New York Times • Posted: Monday, June 13th, 2016

Coal production in the United States is plummeting to levels not seen since a crippling coal strike 35 years ago, according to a report released by the Energy Department on Friday. The coal industry in recent years has been plagued by bankruptcies as power utilities increasingly moved to replace coal with cheap natural gas and renewable sources, like solar and wind energy. Coal was once the dominant source of the nation’s electricity generation, but consumption of the fossil fuel has declined by nearly a third since its peak in 2007.

House passes resolutions opposing carbon, oil tax

Source: Ariel Wittenberg and Amanda Reilly, E&E reporters • Posted: Monday, June 13th, 2016

The House passed resolutions late last week targeting policies meant to address climate change and promote renewable energy that Republicans say would drive up energy prices. One of the resolutions would express a sense of Congress that a carbon tax would be “detrimental” to the American economy, and the other opposes President Obama’s budget proposal for a $10.25-per-barrel oil fee

Renewables Will Top Gas as Biggest U.S. Power Producer in 2031

Source: By Naureen Malik, Bloomberg • Posted: Monday, June 13th, 2016

Renewables will overtake natural gas as the dominant source of electricity generation in the U.S. in 2031, even without subsidies as wind and solar costs plunge, a Bloomberg New Energy Finance analysis showed. This U.S. shift will be driven by $745 billion in investments in renewables through 2040, outstripping the projected $95 billion that will be spent on building new fossil-fuel plants, said Elena Giannakopoulou, lead economist at BNEF. Solar and wind capacity will become cheaper than gas or coal without any incentives after 2020.

Apple becomes an energy company

Source: Hannah Northey, E&E reporter • Posted: Monday, June 13th, 2016

Savvy technology giant Apple Inc. is now focusing its expertise on selling excess renewable energy back into the country’s electric grid. Apple has created a subsidiary, Apple Energy LLC, that’s seeking federal permission to sell power at wholesale and provide grid services in California, the Midwest, New England and the Southwest, according to the company’s filing with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.