Clean Line signs deal with French company on wind energy transmission

Source: By Wesley Brown, The City Wire • Posted: Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

The deal is another step in the extended progression of the so-called Clean Line project – an electric transmission line project that officials say will deliver up to 3,500 megawatts (MW) of wind power from the Oklahoma Panhandle region to communities in Arkansas, Tennessee and other states in the Mid-South and Southeast.

My Voice: Wind energy can power S.D.’s economic future

Source: By Tom Kiernan, AWEA, Argus Leader • Posted: Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

The winds of change are blowing in South Dakota. Within two decades, wind energy here could power the equivalent of over 900,000 homes.

Tesla’s Musk asks utilities: How can we take battery storage ‘to a whole new level’? 

Source: Joel Kirkland, E&E reporter • Posted: Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

The co-founders of Tesla Motors Inc. yesterday invited executives of the nation’s dominant utilities to partner with the Silicon Valley electric carmaker to boost battery storage capacity across the U.S. power grid

Court rejects bid to block EPA power plant standards

Source: Jeremy P. Jacobs, E&E reporter • Posted: Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

“They want us to do something that they candidly acknowledge we have never done before: review the legality of a proposed rule,” wrote Kavanaugh, a Republican appointee. “But the proposed rule is just a proposal.”

Startup inks deal with Tesla to install its industrial batteries in Southern Calif.

Source: Debra Kahn, E&E reporter • Posted: Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

A California energy storage startup announced yesterday that it will use Tesla batteries to supply Southern California with electricity. Advanced Microgrid Solutions has selected Tesla’s new Powerpack system as the first battery it will use in commercial and industrial buildings as part of a contract it won from Southern California Edison last year to replace power from the shuttered San Onofre nuclear plant and other aging gas plants.

Gov. Ige signs bill setting 100 percent renewable energy goal for state

Source: By HawaiiNewsNow • Posted: Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

Gov. David Ige on Monday signed into law four energy bills, including one that strengthens Hawaii’s commitment to clean energy by directing the state’s utilities to generate 100 percent of their electricity sales from renewable energy resources by 2045.

G-7 leaders promise fossil-fuel phaseout by 2100 

Source: Lisa Friedman, E&E reporter • Posted: Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

President Obama and leaders of the world’s seven largest economies called today for eliminating the use of fossil fuels by the end of the century. Emerging from two days of meetings in the Bavarian Alps, the Group of Seven (G-7) issued a sprawling communiqué vowing action on everything from terrorism to the conflict in Ukraine. The leaders threw their weight behind a new global climate accord expected to be signed in Paris in December and called for all countries to submit plans to cut carbon after 2020.

G7 Climate Vision Requires Gargantuan Economic Shift

Source: By The Associated Press • Posted: Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

When leaders of the Group of Seven wealthy countries pledge to “decarbonize” the global economy, they’re talking about a shift so dramatic that one analyst described it as a new Apollo mission. Like putting a man on the moon, it would require overcoming major hurdles related to technology and money and the political will — so far in short supply — to make it happen. Despite gains by renewable energy sources in recent years, the world is still hooked on fossil fuels that are powering our homes and businesses and fueling our cars, trucks, airplanes and ships.

Donald Trump loses wind farm review bid

Source: By BBC News • Posted: Monday, June 8th, 2015

Donald Trump has lost a fresh legal challenge over an offshore wind farm near his golf resort in Aberdeenshire. The American billionaire wanted a judicial review into his claim that Scottish ministers acted illegally by approving the 11-turbine scheme in Aberdeen Bay. A previous application by Mr Trump had been dismissed.

Norway Will Divest From Coal in Push Against Climate Change

Source: By JOHN SCHWARTZ, New York Times • Posted: Monday, June 8th, 2015

Norway’s $890 billion government pension fund, considered the largest sovereign wealth fund in the world, will sell off many of its investments related to coal, making it the biggest institution yet to join a growing international movement to abandon at least some fossil fuel stocks. Parliament voted Friday to order the fund to shift its holdings out of billions of dollars of stock in companies whose businesses rely at least 30 percent on coal. A committee vote last week made Friday’s decision all but a formality; it will take effect next year.