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Buffett’s PacifiCorp Plans $3.5 Billion Clean Energy Expansion

Source: By Joe Ryan, Bloomberg • Posted: Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

PacifiCorp, a unit of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc., plans to spend $3.5 billion on clean-energy projects that include 3 gigawatts of new wind and solar farms. The plan calls for developing 1.1 gigawatts of wind projects, mainly in Wyoming, by the end of 2020, Portland, Oregon, based PacifiCorp said in a statement Tuesday. The company will also upgrade 900 megawatts of existing wind capacity by 2020, adding larger blades that generate more power, and will build another 859 megawatts of wind power and more than 1 gigawatt of solar farms between 2028 and 2036.

Policy makers drag feet on getting electric power to the people

Source: By Megan Rowling, Reuters • Posted: Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

Just over 1 billion people, or around one in seven, still have no access to electricity, a figure that has barely improved in two years, while the number cooking with health-harming fuels rose slightly to just over 3 billion, a report said on Monday. Data for 2012 to 2014 showed progress in providing clean, modern energy to the poor was losing the race against population growth, especially in rural areas, the World Bank and the International Energy Agency (IEA) said in a tracking report.

Kansas Wind Farm Developers Optimistic About Market

Source: By The Associated Press • Posted: Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

Wind is considered attractive to utility companies because of the low cost and the fact that the cost is locked in for up to 20 years by contract. New wind plants receive a $23 per megawatt inflation-adjusted production tax credit over the plant’s first decade of service if they were under construction before the end of 2016. That tax credit would decline each year until it disappears by 2020. Kansas wind power generation grew 18 percent last year, making it the fifth-highest state in the natio

The Kansas wind never stops. Why should the Kansas wind industry?

Source: By DAN VOORHIS, Wichita Eagle • Posted: Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

Kansas’ biggest buyer of wind energy, Westar, may be done for now, but that won’t stop the push for more wind farms in Kansas, say those in the industry. On Wednesday, various local, state and corporate officials, and local landowners will gather beneath two soaring wind towers in a Kingman County field to dedicate the Kingman and Ninnescah wind farms. Together, the two wind farms have the capacity to generate more than 400 megawatts of electricity, enough to power more than 100,000 homes. A quarter of that will go to Midwest Energy in Hays and municipal systems in McPherson, Chanute, Iola, Fredonia and Sabetha; Westar will take the re

How China Can Become a True Climate Leader

Source: By Adam Minter, Bloomberg • Posted: Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

The subject is unlikely to come up when Chinese President Xi Jinping meets President Donald Trump in Florida later this week. Yet as the U.S. retreats from its climate commitments, the world is looking to China to lead the fight against global warming. The country deserves cautious praise for cleaning up and slowing the production and use of coal at home. It should strive to be equally responsible abroad.

Op-Ed: Wind energy works to create American jobs

Source: By Tom Kiernan, The Hill • Posted: Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

The new administration is taking notice: wind energy is a job-creation engine that speeds up the path to American energy independence. “Renewable energy, like offshore wind, is one tool in the all of the above energy toolbox that will help power America with domestic energy, securing energy independence, and bolstering the economy,” Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke recently said.

State Of Maryland Increases Renewable Standard Target To 25% By 2020

Source: By Joshua S Hill, Clean Technica • Posted: Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

Maryland has increased its renewable energy portfolio standard from a target of 20% by 2022 to an impressive 25% by 2020. The move was actually made back at the beginning of February by legislators in both houses of the state’s General Assembly, at the same time as they moved to override the governor’s veto of a bill which sought to increase the use of renewable energy in the state. As can be seen in the graph below, Maryland’s percent of retail electricity sales has been climbing, steadily, and the new target allows for that growth to continue.

Decades-old green power law is a fresh nuisance to U.S. utilities

Source: By Nichola Groom, Reuters • Posted: Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

In the last four years, North Carolina has become the second largest solar market in the United States, behind only California. It has installed more solar energy than Texas, which has nearly three times the population; more than Arizona, which has twice as many sunny days; and more than New York, which has far more aggressive renewable energy targets. North Carolina’s solar boom is rooted in a federal law enacted four decades ago – one that has only recently had much impact.

Op-Ed:Climate Progress, With or Without Trump

Source: By MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG, NewYork Times • Posted: Monday, April 3rd, 2017

Those who believe that the Trump administration will end American leadership on climate change are making the same mistake as those who believe that it will put coal miners back to work: overestimating Washington’s ability to influence energy markets, and underestimating the role that cities, states, businesses and consumers are playing in driving down emissions on their own.

Tidal Turbine Maker Bids to Turn U.K. Into a Green Saudi Arabia

Source: By Anna Hirtenstein, Bloomberg • Posted: Monday, April 3rd, 2017

A British developer is bidding to build power turbines under the sea in Scotland in a contest for government contracts that starts Monday, aiming to prove for the first time that its technology is commercially viable. Atlantis Resources Ltd. is among the companies vying for 290 million pounds ($363 million) of electricity-generation contracts the U.K. government is auctioning off. Winners will be notified between June and September and will get a firm price for the power they sell under a program meant to stimulate cleaner forms of energy.