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From Amazon to Wal-Mart, deals add up in Texas and beyond

Source: Edward Klump, E&E reporter • Posted: Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

As part of his job promoting wind energy, Jeff Clark keeps a slide handy with a simple question: “Who Wants Texas Wind?”

The answer reads like a directory of corporate America. There’s Amazon, Facebook and Google. Procter & Gamble, Starbucks and Wal-Mart. Even Dow Chemical, General Motors and Owens Corning. “It really shows how far renewables have come,” said Clark, executive director of the Wind Coalition, based in Austin, Texas. “It is now a very mainstream corporate strategy to look to renewable energy as the ability to add predictability and cost savings to your energy.”

BMW says it plans to offer electric X3 SUV and Mini models

Source: By Joseph White and Edward Taylor, Reuters • Posted: Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

German luxury auto maker BMW AG said on Friday it will offer all electric versions of its next generation BMW X3 compact sport utility vehicle and electric Mini models, expanding its entries in the emerging electric luxury vehicle market.

Dorgan on eco-thrillers, DOE rumors, basketball in Rayburn

Source: Robin Bravender, E&E reporter • Posted: Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

Since energy guru Byron Dorgan left the Senate five years ago, he’s penned two action-packed eco-thriller novels. On top of his writing, Dorgan is working part time as a lobbyist at Arent Fox on issues like the renewable fuel standard. He’s also a guest lecturer at Georgetown University, and he’s serving on several boards, including the board of governors of Argonne National Laboratory.

OPEC ‘freeze’ starts to melt upon further examination

Source: Nathanial Gronewold, E&E reporter • Posted: Monday, October 3rd, 2016

“OPEC has just demonstrated it is still relevant,” Deloitte Center for Energy Solutions Executive Director Andrew Slaughter wrote in a briefing. “If cuts are even partially implemented this will help move global supply and demand back towards balance, accelerate the decline in global oil stock levels, and confirm that oil prices are on the road to a recovery.”

Bisignano: Wind energy is an Iowa economic success story

Source: By Iowa State Senator Tony Bisognano, Des Moines Register • Posted: Monday, October 3rd, 2016

Innovative energy has been a hallmark of the Iowa economy in recent years. Geography, natural resources and a strong agricultural heritage have positioned us for success in the industry. The Legislature actively supports the growth of Iowa’s homegrown energy options. Wind energy is one such success story. Iowa’s winds have created jobs, grown business and manufacturing, added to farm income and boosted local economies.

What You Should Know Before Going Solar

Source: By The New York Times • Posted: Monday, October 3rd, 2016

Solar photovoltaic (PV) panels are made from silicon cells that join together to form a circuit. The panel collects the sun’s energy and makes direct current (DC) electricity. An inverter changes the DC electricity into alternating current (AC) electricity, which is what most homes use. The inverter is a metal box connected to a meter, which in turn is connected to the utility’s electric grid.

Trump ‘looking very hard’ for farmer to lead EPA

Source: Tiffany Stecker, E&E reporter • Posted: Monday, October 3rd, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump wants a farmer or rancher to be his U.S. EPA administrator, according to the campaign’s co-chairman and policy adviser. Trump is “looking very hard” for someone with a background in agriculture to lead the agency, Sam Clovis said on the syndicated radio show “AgriTalk.”

Some opponents say EPA looking good after oral arguments

Source: Rod Kuckro, E&E reporter • Posted: Monday, October 3rd, 2016

With time to reflect on the way Tuesday’s nearly seven hours of oral arguments on U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan unfolded, some of those aligned with opponents of the rule anticipate an uphill battle with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. “It appeared to me that it was going to be upheld, and I think that’s the general consensus,” said Ray Gifford, an energy lawyer with Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP and a former chairman of the Colorado Public Utilities Commission.

Kasich vows to veto any legislation extending renewable energy freeze, lawmakers also uneasy

Source: By John Funk, The Plain Dealer • Posted: Monday, October 3rd, 2016

Gov. John Kasich has again threatened to veto any legislation that would kill the state’s laws requiring electric companies to help customers use less electricity and to sell more power generated by wind, solar and other renewable technologies. That puts the administration on a collision course with State Sen. William Seitz, a Cincinnati Republican, who has been circulating different versions of proposed legislation that would do away with or weaken future state renewable energy and energy efficiency mandates.

The U.S. is getting closer to Hillary Clinton’s vision of a ‘clean energy superpower’

Source: By Chelsea Harvey, Washington Post • Posted: Monday, October 3rd, 2016

During Monday’s presidential campaign debate, Hillary Clinton predicted, “Some country is going to be the clean energy superpower of the 21st century.” The implication was clear: That country could be us. And a new federal report suggests that we’ve recently been making strides in getting there. The new report, released Wednesday by the Department of Energy, is the latest in an of annual series analyzing the progress of clean energy in the U.S. — specifically the growth in wind turbines, solar technology, electric vehicles and LEDs, and the reduction in their costs. And this year’s update is a rosy one: Costs are down, installations are up and emerging technologies like smart buildings and grid-connected batteries are moving up on the horizon.