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Google Buys 12-Year Output From Norwegian Wind Power Farm

Source: By Nerijus Adomaitis, Reuters • Posted: Thursday, June 30th, 2016

Google has bought the entire 12-year power production from a yet-to-be-built Norwegian wind power farm to supply its European data centers with renewable energy, its developers said on Thursday. Norway’s Zephyr and Norsk Vind Energi said the 160-megawatt capacity onshore Tellenes wind power farm south of Stavanger is expected to be fully operational in late 2017, and when built it would become the largest wind power farm in the Nordic country.

Nixon backs Missouri power line for wind energy

Source: By SUMMER BALLEN, Associated Press • Posted: Thursday, June 30th, 2016

Gov. Jay Nixon said Wednesday he backs a proposed power line that would cut through Missouri for a multistate wind energy project, despite objections from landowners and concerns from state regulators. Houston-based Clean Line Energy Partners agreed to what the Democratic governor described as landowner protections if it gets approval for the power line that would make some electricity available for state utility companies, Nixon said. “With these new protections for landowners and millions of dollars in savings for consumers, the Grain Belt Express Clean Line is a good deal for Missouri,” Nixon said in a statement. “In addition to reducing energy costs, this $500 million construction project will also boost our economy and create good-paying jobs.”

Obama, Justin Trudeau and Enrique Peña Nieto Focus on Climate, Both Political and Global

Source: By MARK LANDLORD, New York Times • Posted: Thursday, June 30th, 2016

With the gothic spires of Canada’s Parliament as a backdrop, Mr. Obama, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada and President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico announced a landmark agreement on climate change and extolled the benefits of a Pacific Rim trade agreement. But it was the charged words in the American election and Britain’s departure from the European Union that seized most of the attention.

White House aligns with Canada, Mexico on emissions plan

Source: Amanda Reilly, E&E reporter • Posted: Thursday, June 30th, 2016

The White House today formally announced an “action plan” with Canada and Mexico to address climate change that goes beyond this week’s earlier announcement that the three nations will draw 50 percent of North America’s power from no carbon sources by 2025. The United States, Mexico and Canada committed to further boosting clean energy, curbing heat-trapping refrigerants and joining an international mechanism to reduce the aviation sector’s carbon footprint.

Controversies can wait for conference — Murkowski

Source: Hannah Hess, E&E reporter • Posted: Thursday, June 30th, 2016

As the clock ticks down to recess, Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski said none of the controversial provisions in the House-passed energy package is being “singled out” ahead of a possible conference committee to merge each chamber’s reform bill. Rather than ticking through a list of controversial provisions that could sink the effort, the Alaska Republican said she and ranking member Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) were laying out a process to tackle the disagreements in conference.

Siemens freezes new UK wind power investment following Brexit vote

Source: By Arthur Neslen, The Guardian • Posted: Thursday, June 30th, 2016

Siemens is putting new wind power investment plans in the UK on hold due to uncertainty caused by last week’s Brexit vote, the Germany energy company has told the Guardian. A £310m manufacturing hub in Hull that employs 1,000 people will not be affected by the decision, and should still begin producing blades and assembling turbines next year. But Siemens, one of the few firms to openly back a Remain vote, will not be making new investments until the future of the UK’s relationship with Europe becomes clearer.

Senate heads for exits, planning action on miners and GMOs

Source: George Cahlink and Hannah Hess, E&E reporters • Posted: Thursday, June 30th, 2016

FAA’s current short-term authorization expires on July 15. Senate Commerce Chairman John Thune (R-S.D.) said he hopes to pass an extension that would run through the end of 2017. But said the measure would not include any tax riders, a move backers of FAA say would bog down the reauthorization. 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.

Conference ‘doomed to failure’ — top Dem

Source: Hannah Hess, E&E reporter • Posted: Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

President Obama would veto whatever comes out of a potential conference committee on energy reform legislation, the Senate’s No. 2 Democrat predicted yesterday. “It’s doomed to failure,” Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York told E&E Daily yesterday when asked about negotiations on a possible framework path forward.

Wind Power Moves U.S. Energy Forward

Source: By Tom Vinson, Morning Consult • Posted: Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

Wind power is an important part of America’s electricity mix that keeps money in the pockets of families and businesses, despite misleading claims from anti-renewable energy special interest groups. Today, there’s enough wind power in the U.S. for 20 million American homes, and wind is on track to quadruple in size by 2030 to supply 20 percent of the country’s electricity. This strong growth has been driven in part by the Production Tax Credit (PTC), a market-driven solution that has helped rapidly scale up wind power.

Renewable energy group launches down-ballot nonprofit

Source: By ALEX ISENSTADT, Politico • Posted: Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

A new player has entered the 2016 campaign: The renewable energy industry. American Wind Action, a newly-formed 501(c)(4) nonprofit group that’s devoted to advocating for wind energy, is launching on Tuesday with ambitious plans to spend over $1 million in congressional and state legislative races across the country. It plans to invest in TV and digital ads.