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Editorial: L.A.’s Quest to Cut Fossil Fuels

Source: By THE EDITORIAL BOARD, New York Timss • Posted: Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

Los Angeles has suffered the worst ozone pollution of any American city for three years running. Coastal areas of the city could be swallowed by the Pacific by the end of the century as a warming climate causes sea levels to rise. A natural gas leak in northwestern Los Angeles, finally plugged in February, was the most disastrous in American history. Small wonder that Los Angeles is joining a growing movement to confront environmental challenges at the local level.

Cape Wind reverses, drops appeal

Source: By Ethan Genter, Cape Cod Times • Posted: Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

In what might be the most definitive sign that Cape Wind officials have given up on the long-running and seemingly unattainable dream of building a wind farm in Nantucket Sound, the company has moved to dismiss its appeal seeking to extend state permits to connect the project to the electric grid. Cape Wind Associates’ attorneys were expected to deliver briefs Thursday arguing why the state Energy Facilities Siting Board should extend permits to build a transmission line from the proposed 130-turbine wind farm to land, said Charles McLaughlin, assistant town attorney for Barnstable. Instead, he received a call from a Cape Wind representative saying that the company would be withdrawing its appeal, McLaughlin said

WHY IT MATTERS: Energy

Source: By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS • Posted: Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

THE ISSUE: Energy independence has been a goal of every president since Richard Nixon. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have very different ways to achieve it. How energy is produced and where it comes from affect jobs, the economy and the environment.

Solar Power Is About to Hit Texas Generators Where It Hurts Most

Source: By Jonathan Crawford, Bloomberg • Posted: Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

A boom in solar energy in Texas is about to spoil power generators’ favorite time of day. Developers are expected to build about 4 gigawatts of commercial-scale solar panel capacity in the Lone Star state by the end of the decade, according to a report by Bloomberg New Energy Finance Tuesday. Cheap solar energy threatens to depress electricity prices during peak midday hours, when generators profit most as consumers blast air conditioners, driving electricity demand higher.

March away from coal to continue — Obama adviser

Source: Hannah Hess, E&E reporter • Posted: Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

No matter who sits in the Oval Office in January, the American electricity sector will keep moving away from coal, White House senior adviser Brian Deese said today. Though Republicans, including presidential nominee Donald Trump, continue to attack U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan, Deese said market forces are driving power utilities in the direction of cleaner and lower-carbon solutions.

Why does Google care about wind power in Africa?

Source: Daniel Cusick, E&E reporter • Posted: Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

Google Inc.’s investment in Kenya’s Lake Turkana Wind Power Project is its largest on the African continent to date, but it almost certainly won’t be the last. The California internet giant has shown a growing interest in sub-Saharan Africa since it made its first cash outlay three years ago — a $12 million investment in the Jasper Solar Power Project in South Africa’s Northern Cape Province

How a huge wind farm in Kenya could transform Africa’s energy landscape

Source: Daniel Cusick, E&E reporter • Posted: Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

East Africa’s Great Rift Valley will soon become a hub for emissions-free wind energy as the continent’s largest wind farm rises from the arid, rocky landscape of northwest Kenya. This month, Vestas Wind Systems installed the 154th turbine at the Lake Turkana Wind Power project, just kilometers from the massive saline lake, popularly known as the Jade Sea for its translucent blue-green water.

Wind Is the New Corn for Struggling Farmers

Source: By Jennifer Oldham, Bloomberg • Posted: Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

Wind energy, the fastest-growing source of electricity in the U.S., is transforming low-income rural areas in ways not seen since the federal government gave land to homesteaders 150 years ago. As commodity prices threaten to reach decade lows and farmers struggle to meet debt payments, wind has become the newest cash crop, saving family farms across a wide swath of the heartland

Florida Ballot Breakdown: Amendment 1, Pro Or Against Solar Energy?

Source: By David Sutta, CBS Miami • Posted: Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

This November we will be voting on a series of amendments. One of them involves solar power and whether utility companies can charge solar users special fees. On the surface the amendment appears to be pro-solar but as CBS4’s David Sutta discovered, that may not be the case.

Is The Tide Turning On State-Level Solar Policy Fights?

Source: By Jesse Grossman, Solar Industry • Posted: Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

Utilities continue filing requests to increase fixed charges, but reports show regulators have denied the majority of these requests. Compromise solar valuation regulatory decisions occurred in Arizona, Colorado and Nevada. Meanwhile, policymakers in New York, Oregon, and Rhode Island have taken progressive solar action, and voters overwhelmingly supported expanding solar access in Florida.