Democrats propose doubling Nevada’s renewable energy target

Source: By The Associated Press • Posted: Thursday, February 16th, 2017

Democratic lawmakers are proposing legislation to move Nevada away from fossil fuels more quickly than planned. Democratic Assemblyman Chris Brooks of Las Vegas introduced a bill this week that would double the amount of renewable energy Nevada will mandate by 2025. Assembly Bill 206 would require energy providers to generate 50 percent of electricity from so-called “clean” sources in the next eight years.

US governors set out renewables bid to Trump

Source: By David Weston, Wind Power Monthly • Posted: Thursday, February 16th, 2017

he Governors’ Wind and Solar Energy Coalition (GWSEC) has written to renewables opponent Donald Trump arguing the technologies’ importance and potential in the US. GWSEC is chaired by Gina Raimondo, governor of Rhode Island, the home state of the US’ first offshore wind project, Deepwater Wind’s 30MW Block Island site.

Democrat and Republican governors unite to call for US wind and solar boost

Source: By James Murray, Business Green • Posted: Thursday, February 16th, 2017

Trump’s environmental agenda is facing conflicting pressures, with calls from state governors for a rethink of clean energy policy and renewed support from US Republican grandees to implement a nationwide carbon tax clashing with pressure from US automakers to review President Obama’s fuel efficiency standards. The new President has been hit by a wave of fresh calls for him to reconsider his previous hostility towards renewable energy technologies and climate policies, but this time the plea is coming not from green campaigners or clean tech firms, but some of his own Republican colleagues.

Governor’s letter to Trump — Support solar and wind energy

Source: BY KAREN GRAHAM, Digital Journal • Posted: Thursday, February 16th, 2017

The governors say they can already see what is happening in their states as solar, wind, and other renewables are creating thousands of jobs, giving concrete evidence that “renewables are providing a direct economic boost.” “Members of the Coalition have seen the benefits of renewable energy firsthand, and agree that expanding renewable energy production is one of the best ways to meet the country’s growing demand for energy,” read the letter, according to Green Tech Media.

Hundreds rally to show why wind works for America

Source: By Tom Kiernan, The Hill • Posted: Thursday, February 16th, 2017

This week, hundreds of Americans from across the country are coming to Washington, D.C. for one reason: they want to make sure their elected officials know wind energy is making life better for their families and communities. They want to say loud and clear: Wind works for America. And there are a lot of reasons why we feel this way.

U.S. Solar Surged 95% to Become Largest Source of New Energy

Source: By Chris Martin, Bloomberg • Posted: Thursday, February 16th, 2017

Solar developers installed a record 14.6 gigawatts in the U.S. last year, almost double the total from 2015 and enough to make photovoltaic panels the largest source of new electric capacity for the first time. Solar panels on rooftops and fields accounted for 39 percent of new generation last year, according to a report Wednesday from GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association. That beat the 29 percent contribution from natural gas and 26 percent from wind.

EPA: US greenhouse gas emissions declined in 2015

Source: BY DEVIN HENRY, The Hill • Posted: Thursday, February 16th, 2017

Greenhouse gas emissions in the United States declined by 2.2 percent between 2014 and 2015, federal officials reported on Tuesday. In its annual draft greenhouse gas report, the EPA said total emissions of climate change-causing gases decreased in 2015 after back-to-back years of small growth. The report uses the most up-to-date data about greenhouse gas emissions.

Trump’s vow to scrap the Paris climate change accord faces skepticism from corporations, GOP moderates

Source: By Evan Halper, Los Angeles Times • Posted: Thursday, February 16th, 2017

Trashing the Paris Agreement made for a great campaign prop at Donald Trump’s rallies, where the climate change accord was portrayed as a product of the out-of-touch, insufferable elites that Trump pledged to sweep from power. Now the landmark agreement, signed under President Obama, is fast becoming a nuisance for President Trump’s White House.

Some Republican politicians really do like clean energy.

Source: By The Grist • Posted: Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

A week after the buzzed about conservative Carbon Tax, a bipartisan group of 20 governors sent letters to President Trump and fellow governors imploring them to consider the benefits of renewables. In the letter, the group attempted to appeal to Trump’s vested interest in helping the rural communities he has promised to lift up. The Coalition cites $222 million paid to rural landowners a year by the U.S. wind industry, the $156 million paid to landowners in areas of below-average income, and that 70 percent of wind farms are located in low-income counties.

US Governors Call On Donald Trump To Back Wind & Solar

Source: By Joshua S Hill, Clean Technica • Posted: Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

A group of governors from across the United States and from both sides of the political divide have penned an open letter to Donald Trump calling on the newly-elected President to support the development of solar and wind energy. The open letter was penned by the Governors’ Wind & Solar Energy Coalition, a bipartisan group of the country’s governors, currently representing twenty states. Specifically, the letter was penned by the governors of Rhode Island and Kansas, on behalf of the Coalition.