Wind, solar industries prep recommendations for EPA compliance 

Source: Nick Juliano, E&E reporter • Posted: Thursday, February 5th, 2015

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) and Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) plan to submit their recommendations in the spring, ahead of the EPA rules’ expected finalization this summer, AWEA President Tom Kiernan said today. “We do see wind and solar and other renewables as, I would say, a central part for … most states to comply with the Clean Power Plan in a cost-effective way,” Kiernan said.

Fretting over lack of compromise, frosh realizes ‘I’m not in Neb. anymore’ 

Source: Manuel Quiñones, E&E reporter • Posted: Thursday, February 5th, 2015

“I think we have to get over the pipeline in order to get to those other things,” Ashford, who unseated eight-term Rep. Lee Terry (R) last year, said during an interview this week.
Those other things, he said, include developing policies that protect the environment and promote renewable energy while recognizing the importance of fossil fuels. “Wind energy. We worked in Nebraska on expanding wind energy,” Ashford said. “We’re the third-windiest state.” He went on, “Anything to do with energy efficiency and credits to businesses to make facilities more energy-efficient, to use more energy-efficient products.”

Energy interests pile on to N.D.-Minn. coal lawsuit

Source: By DAVID SHAFFER , Minneapolis Star Tribune  • Posted: Thursday, February 5th, 2015

Mining and electric utility trade associations are among the 11 partisan interests opposed to Minnesota in a case that experts say could help define the power of states to regulate carbon-free electrical generation. The clash is happening in Minnesota’s appeal of a federal judge’s ruling in April invalidating a part of the state’s Next Generation Energy Act. The ruling threw out ­Minnesota’s broad ban against utilities ­signing deals to import coal-generated electricity on grounds that it’s a trade barrier under the U.S. Constitution’s Interstate Commerce Clause.

Colorado Senate Republicans slash renewable energy standards on initial vote

Source: By Lynn Bartels, The Denver Post • Posted: Thursday, February 5th, 2015

Colorado has been at the forefront of renewable energy since 2004, when then-Congressman Mark Udall, a Democrat, and Republican House Speaker Lola Spradley teamed up to push a ballot measure that required utilities with more than 40,000 customers to generate 10 percent of their electricity from wind, solar, biomass, geothermal and some hydroelectric sources by 2015. The current standard was 2 percent. Voters approved Amendment 37 and that same year put Democrats in charge of the legislature for the first time since 1962. Various renewable-energy bills followed, including one in 2007 that increased the standards.

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s Budget Includes $250,000 To Study ‘Wind Energy System-Related Health Issues’

Source: By Kate Sheppard, Huffington Post • Posted: Thursday, February 5th, 2015

“The request for a Wind Energy Health Issues Study was included with the intent to provide the Public Service Commission with comprehensive information to consider as they receive requests for future wind energy projects,” said Laurel Patrick, Walker’s press secretary, in a statement to The Huffington Post. Wind power in the state has been the subject of some public debate, drawing campaigns paid for by conservative groups with ties to fossil fuel interests on one side and by renewable energy advocates on the other.

Report: Wind and solar energy have tripled since 2008

Source: By Chris Mooney, Washington Post • Posted: Thursday, February 5th, 2015

What we don’t stop and ponder enough, though, is that the country is changing how it uses energy. It’s certainly not enough to silence all environmental concerns. But nonetheless, the progress, when you sample it, is really impressive. Such is the takeaway from a new report out by Bloomberg New Energy Finance, which has just released its 2015 Sustainable Energy in America Factbook, prepared for the Business Council for Sustainable Energy. Looking back over recent years, the report shows that on any number of metrics, progress in clean energy has really been immense.

Obama eyes $171m offshore pot

Source: By Renewable Energy News • Posted: Thursday, February 5th, 2015

President Barack Obama’s fiscal year 2016 budget includes a request of $170.9m to fund offshore activities by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management including renewables development. “BOEM’s priorities fully support the Administration’s all-of-the-above energy strategy for safely and responsibly expanding domestic energy production and advancing renewable energy for our clean energy future by using the best available science to inform our decision making,” said BOEM director Abigail Ross Hopper.

Obama pushes for PTC extension

Source: by Diane Bailey, Wind Power Monthly • Posted: Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

It is not the first time the US president has moved to make the tax credits permanent, but to date he has had little success convincing Congress to go along. Most recently, lawmakers managed only a one-year extension to the end of 2014. Speaking about the extension, Rob Gramlich, senior vice-president of government and public affairs at the American Wind Energy Association, said: “In releasing its proposed budget today, the White House clearly understands the benefits of wind having a long-term, stable tax policy in place. This has been a consistent part of the president’s budget proposals

Oregon Bill Would Eliminate Coal-Fired Power By 2025

Source: By Cassandra Profita, Oregon Public Broadcasting • Posted: Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

A bill in the Oregon Legislature this session would require electric companies to stop delivering coal-fired power to Oregon customers by 2025. The replacement power would have to come from sources that are 90 percent cleaner than coal plants.

Colorado Senate advances renewable-energy rollback

Source: By Peter Marcus, Herald Denver Bureau • Posted: Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

The Colorado Senate on Tuesday advanced a measure that would roll back a rural renewable-energy standard backed by Democrats in 2013. The bill could face its final vote in the Republican-controlled Senate as early as Wednesday, when the measure is likely to move to the House. But the legislation faces a bumpy road in the Democratic-controlled House.