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Study: Wind could save Iowa consumers $12 billion over 25 years

Source: By Donnelle Eller, Des Moines Register • Posted: Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

Iowa consumers could save $12.6 billion over 25 years by doubling the amount of wind generation in the state, advocates say in a new report. Pushing the amount of wind generation in Iowa to 20,000 megawatts would save the average Iowa household $3,200 on its electric bills over 25 years, according to an American Wind Energy Association report. Industrial customers would save $825,000 over two decades.

Tesla says it hopes to work with Panasonic on solar energy

Source: BY YURI KAGEYAMA, AP BUSINESS WRITER • Posted: Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

U.S. electric car maker Tesla says it plans to start working with Japanese electronics company Panasonic Corp. on solar energy. Tesla’s said on its corporate blog Monday that the companies have signed a non-binding letter of intent to begin collaborating on Panasonic’s production of photovoltaic cells and modules at a facility under construction by San Mateo, California-based solar-panel company SolarCity Corp. in Buffalo, New York.

Why are greens opposing a carbon tax in Washington?

Source: Benjamin Storrow, E&E reporter • Posted: Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

A ballot measure in Washington state seeking to impose the first carbon tax in the United States faces an uncertain future due to an unlikely source of opposition: environmentalists. The rancor among Evergreen State greens threatens to sink a long-standing priority of U.S. climate activists. A recent poll showed those in favor of a tax with a 5-point lead, 42 percent to 37 percent, but fully 21 percent of Washington voters remain undecided.

Company wants to build huge solar array in Nevada desert

Source: By The Associated Press • Posted: Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

A California company says it intends to spend billions of dollars to build the largest solar power plant in the world on a sprawling 25-square-mile plot in the sun-baked Nevada desert about 225 miles northwest of Las Vegas. SolarReserve chief executive Kevin Smith outlined a plan Tuesday to create a 10-tower concentrated solar array dubbed Sandstone Energy X near the Nye County city of Tonopah.

California offshore renewables task force launched

Source: By Plamena Tisheva, SeeNews Renewables • Posted: Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the state of California on Thursday held the first meeting of the California Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Task Force in Sacramento. The task force will facilitate coordination between BOEM, local authorities and other federal agencies with respect to potential renewable energy leasing offshore California, BOEM said in a statement. It will also seek to identify areas that may be suitable for research or commercial renewable energy development. The creation of the task force was requested in May by California governor Jerry Brown.

Midwest states urged to update grid access rules ahead of growth

Source: Jeffrey Tomich, E&E reporter • Posted: Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

Interconnection standards lay out the process and a set of rules for a customer or solar developer that wants to connect a solar project or other distributed energy resource to a utility’s grid. Many Midwest states adopted interconnection standards a decade ago. But much has changed, including a dramatic reduction in solar costs and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s publication of small generator interconnection procedures in 2013.

SunEdison says it is under federal investigation

Source: Christa Marshall, E&E reporter • Posted: Monday, October 17th, 2016

The Securities and Exchange Commission is conducting a formal investigation of SunEdison Inc. after the solar giant filed for bankruptcy earlier this year. In a filing this week, SunEdison said it had received a subpoena “seeking production of certain emails and other electronic communications.” It also has received subpoenas from the Department of Justice “seeking information and documentation relating to various matters.”

Bill Clinton spreads optimism in Iowa

Source: By Mitch McAndrew, Daily Iowan • Posted: Monday, October 17th, 2016

Former President Bill Clinton on Thursday afternoon gave Iowa voters a message of optimism about the future under a president Hillary Clinton, saying the Hawkeye State was uniquely positioned for a bright outlook despite the “bleak” nature of the 2016 campaign He said there were three main reasons for Iowa’s promising future, but he only explained two of them before going off on the kind of anecdotal tangent he has become known for. His view of Iowa’s position came down to two points — soil and wind.

Meet Alaska’s renewable energy ‘imagineer’

Source: Geof Koss, E&E rep • Posted: Monday, October 17th, 2016

China Hot Springs is more than just a roadside attraction for tourists; it’s equal parts alternative energy laboratory, experiment in sustainability and all-ages classroom, as well as a full-time “imaginarium” for Bernie Karl, who along with his wife, Connie Parks-Karl, has owned and operated the resort since purchasing it from the state in 1998. At the time, the state was losing $1 million annually, in part because of reliance on diesel fuel to generate electricity. Karl wasted no time tapping the geothermal resources below ground, using an innovative technology to harness energy that was previously considered too cool to be a viable power source.

IEA to Lift Solar, Wind Outlook After Decade of Underestimates

Source: By Jessica Shankleman, Bloomberg • Posted: Monday, October 17th, 2016

The world’s most prominent energy forecaster will raise its outlook for wind and solar installations following a decade of underestimating growth in the renewables industry. The International Energy Agency, which was established as a watchdog of the industry in the wake of the 1973 oil crisis, will “significantly” raise its estimates for renewables when it publishes its annual mid-term market report for the industry at the end of this month, a spokesman for Paris-based organization said.