Inslee and bipartisan group of U.S. governors sign accord with Chinese governors to promote clean energytechnology and economic development

Source: By Office of Governor Jay Inslee • Posted: Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

Gov. Jay Inslee, along with four other U.S. governors, met with Chinese President Xi Jinping and six Chinese governors and leaders to discuss opportunities for collaboration on clean energy technology and economic development. American and Chinese participants in the forum signed an agreement to work together to advance economic development opportunities related to renewable and clean energy technology in their respective jurisdictions. The Governors’ Clean Energy and Economic Development Accord establishes an agreement to collaborate on commercialization and deployment of clean and renewable energy technologies, promote energy efficiency, advance smart grid infrastructure, reduce transportation emissions, and improve air quality.

DOE tries to jump-start lagging U.S. offshore wind development

Source: Camille von Kaenel, E&E reporter • Posted: Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

The Department of Energy has awarded around a half-million dollars to New York, Maine, Rhode Island and Massachusetts state organizations to cooperate on scaling up the offshore wind industry in the region. Under the leadership of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the group will lay out a collaborative road map by the end of the year on how to build up the new industry. The project largely aims to reduce the cost of offshore wind projects, which has been a barrier to development, and establish a regional supply chain.

Gas turbines, not batteries, may provide the easiest path forward for renewables

Source: Umair Irfan, E&E • Posted: Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

It turned out that energy storage loses economically compared to natural gas turbines or dispatchable zero-carbon generators. This means that the low-carbon grid of the future can run on much of the technology that exists today rather than waiting for a hypothetical battery that’s cheap and easy to scale.

Jeb Bush Energy Plan Emphasizes Jobs, Lower Prices

Source: By Steve Holland, Reuters • Posted: Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

Republican U.S. presidential candidate Jeb Bush will lay out energy policy proposals on Tuesday that seek to spur job growth and take aim at President Barack Obama’s plan to limit carbon emissions from power plants. In a speech at Rice Energy Inc., in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, Bush will give yet another detailed policy speech on what he would try to accomplish if elected president in November 2016.

N.D.’s boom-time governor confronts the oil bust

Source: Mike Lee, E&E reporter • Posted: Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

Minutes after Gov. Jack Dalrymple got through presiding over a vote to change the state’s rules on natural gas flaring, he got an earful from a constituent. Technically, the audience isn’t allowed to speak during meetings of the Industrial Commission, which oversees oil and gas regulation. The Republican governor chairs the three-member commission, which had just approved a compromise giving the industry relief from an interim goal to capture natural gas in the oil field, in exchange for further cuts over the long term. Case closed

FACT SHEET: White House Summit on Offshore Wind

Source: By The White House, Office of the Press Secretary • Posted: Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

Convening State and Industry Leaders; Supporting Strategies for the Long-Term Development of a Clean and Abundant Energy Resource Along All U.S. Coasts. Two years ago, President Obama released his vision to cut carbon pollution and transition our country to a clean-energy economy. One of the key pillars of the plan was the commitment to double our renewable energy use by 2020. We are on track to achieving that goal. However, there is a need to do more. That is why this summer, in a joint statement with Brazil, the United States committed to increasing non-hydro renewable energy generation to 20% by 2030.

White House announces new leases, collaborative efforts

Source: Katherine Ling, E&E reporter • Posted: Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

The White House today announced new offshore wind energy leases and increased federal and international collaboration in an effort to meet President Obama’s commitment to obtain 20 percent of non-hydropower renewable energy generation by 2030. The announcements kicked off the first-ever offshore wind summit hosted by the White House, which included representatives from federal and state offices and stakeholders.

Calif. to seek big cuts in short-lived climate pollutants like black carbon

Source: Anne C. Mulkern, E&E reporter • Posted: Monday, September 28th, 2015

Speaking at the United Nations, Brown told a panel that the Golden State next week will formally announce the move. The Air Resources Board (ARB) will pursue regulations that by 2030 will cut methane and hydrofluorocarbons emissions 40 percent each, and black carbon pollution in half. He said it’s a faster way to shrink emissions than targeting carbon pollution, which the state also is looking to shrink with multiple programs.

Microsoft Leads Movement to Offset Emissions With Internal Carbon Tax

Source: By DAVID GELLES, New York Times • Posted: Monday, September 28th, 2015

When Microsoft business unit managers calculate their profits or losses each quarter, they consider more than just sales and expenses. They also factor in the price of carbon. Even more radically, the business units are charged an internal tax by Microsoft based on their energy usage. The money goes into a common fund that invests in environmental sustainability projects. The company’s program is at the forefront of a fast-growing effort called carbon pricing. This year, 437 companies are calculating an internal price on carbon, up sharply from 150 last year, according to a new report by CDP, a nonprofit group that monitors carbon disclosures for companies.

Regulators say end is near for Texas program that boosted wind

Source: Edward Klump, E&E reporter • Posted: Monday, September 28th, 2015

“There will be no more CREZ zones approved by the commission, unless the Legislature directs it,” Anderson said, describing his thinking during an open meeting yesterday. “I think we should even open up a rulemaking to enshrine that.” Anderson offered some qualifications to his remarks, but the tone appeared clear. His general approach was supported by Donna Nelson, who chairs the PUC, and Commissioner Brandy Marty Marquez. The CREZ program often is cited as a key reason Texas is ranked No. 1 for installed U.S. wind capacity, as shown by the American Wind Energy Association.