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Wind could supply 35% of U.S. electricity by 2050 — DOE 

Source: Katherine Ling, E&E reporter • Posted: Friday, March 13th, 2015

It is “viable” and “economically compelling” to push for deployment of wind at that level as consumers would see almost $800 billion in benefits from avoided greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution. Those benefits would include an increase in the amount of natural gas available — lowering prices — for uses outside of the electric sector such as heating or chemical products, according to the main projection of Wind Vision’s report.

Wind could supply a third of the country’s power needs by 2050, government says

Source: By Joby Warrick, Washington Post • Posted: Friday, March 13th, 2015

“Want to put people to work? This is the way you put people to work,” Kerry said in the speech to the Atlantic Council. “The global energy market of the future is poised to be the largest market the world has ever known. This is not a choice between bad and worse,” Kerry said. “Pursuing cleaner, more efficient energy is actually the only way that nations around the world can build the kind of economies that are going to thrive for decades to come.”

White House envisions wind providing a third of US power

Source: By Timothy Cama, The Hill • Posted: Friday, March 13th, 2015

With certain government and private-sector actions, wind power could provide 35 percent of the United States’s electricity needs by 2050, a new federal report found.The Wind Vision report released Thursday by the White House and the Energy Department is an update to its 2008 report and maps out the current state of wind energy and its potential over the coming decades.

The Promise of Wind Energy

Source: By Dan Utech, The White House Blog • Posted: Friday, March 13th, 2015

Building on this progress, today the Department of Energy released Wind Vision: A New Era for Wind Power in the United States, a comprehensive analysis of the U.S. wind energy industry. The report shows that the nation can deploy wind power to economically provide 35% of our nation’s electricity and supply renewable power in all 50 states by 2050.

Greetings from the Wind Program

Source: By José Zayas., Director, Wind and Water Power Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy • Posted: Friday, March 13th, 2015

Today is an exciting day for wind power. The White House has announced the release of the U.S. Department of Energy’s highly anticipated Wind Vision Report. I wish to express my heartfelt gratitude for the critical role you played in making this effort a reality. The Wind Vision Report would certainly not have been possible without your involvement and thoughtful participation.

Koch fighting climate research funding probe

Source: By Timothy Cama, The Hill • Posted: Thursday, March 12th, 2015

The conglomerate owned by conservative activists Charles and David Koch said it won’t cooperate with Senate Democrats’ investigation into its potential funding of skeptical climate research. The company’s top lawyer released a letter late Tuesday that he sent last week to Sens. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), invoking the First Amendment to fight the probe. He further accused the senators of trying to infringe upon Koch’s free speech and free association rights.

Kochs say no to Dems’ probe into climate research funding

Source: BY DINA CAPPIELLO, Associated Press • Posted: Thursday, March 12th, 2015

The industrial conglomerate run by the billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch is refusing to provide Democratic lawmakers with information on whether it has paid for climate change research. Last month, three Democratic senators sent 100 letters to an assortment of fossil-fuel companies and organizations seeking information on whether they have backed research into global warming and other environmental topics.

Gov. Branstad taps new chair for Iowa Utilities Board

Source: By Ryan J. Foley, Associated Press • Posted: Thursday, March 12th, 2015

The shakeup comes one month after the board disappointed MidAmerican Energy by ordering it to return $2 million to customers as part of a $280 million wind project that had been publicly praised by Branstad. It also comes as the board considers whether to approve two controversial projects: a transmission line that would send wind energy from northwest Iowa to Illinois and a pipeline to transport crude oil across the state.

U.S. has a 15% share of trillion-dollar global clean energy market, report finds 

Source: Umair Irfan, E&E reporter • Posted: Thursday, March 12th, 2015

The United States commanded a 15 percent share of the $1.3 trillion global market for advanced energy systems in 2014, with revenue in this sector growing at five times the rate as the economy as a whole, according to a report, released yesterday. Commissioned by Advanced Energy Economy, a business consortium, the report found that the market for companies developing low-carbon generation, renewable power, energy efficiency and electricity analytics is growing worldwide, spurred by economic recovery, maturing technology and policy.

Wind and solar supply chains thrive in Midwest states

Source: By Kari Lydersen, Midwest Energy News • Posted: Thursday, March 12th, 2015

Wind and solar energy support about 30,000 jobs at about a thousand companies in Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa, according to a series of reports released by the Environmental Law & Policy Center over the past two weeks. The reports show the jobs created not only by the manufacture of wind turbine components, the building of wind farms and the installation of solar panels, but also in related businesses from banking to making cables and glass.