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Google hints at an accelerated role for energy in its portfolio

Source: David Ferris, E&E reporter • Posted: Thursday, October 29th, 2015

Google — or rather, its newly created parent company known as Alphabet — is making energy a priority among its smorgasbord of ventures. On a quarterly earnings call held Thursday, Alphabet’s chief financial officer, Ruth Porat, said that the division known as “Access and Energy” is a foremost priority for growth among the company’s risky endeavors that are apart from Google’s core business of online search and advertising.

Feds: Almost three-quarters of states cut carbon emissions since 2000

Source: By The Washington Examiner • Posted: Thursday, October 29th, 2015

Nearly three-quarters of the states reduced their carbon emissions between 2000-13, according to a federal report. Thirty-seven states cut their emissions between 2000-13, according to an analysis of state-level carbon emissions by the Energy Information Administration, the independent analysis arm of the Department of Energy. The largest decrease came in Maine, which cut 27 percent.

‘Just say no’ strategy appears to be crumbling

Source: Jean Chemnick, E&E reporter • Posted: Thursday, October 29th, 2015

Twenty-four states have filed suit, up from the 16 that launched a pre-emptive challenge of the draft. Meanwhile the list of states “just saying no” is shrinking, not growing. The trend in many states is two-pronged — attorneys general file suit while environmental regulators and cabinet members grapple behind the scenes with compliance strategies.

Bipartisan duo to launch House battery storage caucus

Source: Geof Koss, E&E reporter • Posted: Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

A pair of House lawmakers from opposite sides of the country and different parties this week will launch a new caucus focused on energy storage. Reps. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.) and Mark Takano (D-Calif.) will officially kick off the Congressional Battery Energy Storage Caucus tomorrow afternoon, during an event featuring the Energy Storage Association and representatives of storage companies.

Energy Storage Industry Gaining Momentum

Source: By DIANE CARDWELL, New York Times • Posted: Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

When David Vieau left the battery maker A123 in 2013 after it went bankrupt despite having received about $147 million in government money, he didn’t go looking to start another energy storage business. But three years later, he is at it again, as chief executive of Vionx Energy. This time, though, he is pursuing a different strategy.

As oil industry bleeds jobs, Asia’s green energy drive offers bright spot

Source: By Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen, Reuters • Posted: Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

Renewables are powering a rare bright spot in the energy industry, with record job hiring in solar, wind and hydro partly offsetting the biggest round of job losses in the oil and gas sector in almost two decades. The boom in new green jobs is being led by Asia where governments in countries such as China and India are embarking on massive programmes to use more renewable energy.

Calif. project seeks 5-year eagle ‘take’ permit

Source: Phil Taylor, E&E reporter • Posted: Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

The Fish and Wildlife Service is considering whether to allow a California wind farm to incidentally kill up to three federally protected golden eagles over the next five years. The permit would require NRG Yield Inc., which owns the 153-megawatt Alta East Wind Project in Kern County, to retrofit at least 74 area power poles within a year to prevent electrocutions of birds and take other steps to reduce mortality.

Green groups jump into legal donnybrook

Source: Robin Bravender, E&E reporter • Posted: Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

U.S. EPA’s allies are jumping into the mammoth lawsuit over the Obama administration’s plans to slash greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. Environmentalists, public health groups and business groups who back the administration’s Clean Power Plan are asking a federal court to allow them to defend EPA as the agency’s critics look to topple the rule. Since the regulation opened up to lawsuits last week, opponents including 26 states and a broad array of industry and labor groups have challenged the rule in court.

The Falling Cost of Wind Power

Source: By MICHAEL GOGGIN, New York Times • Posted: Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

Ryan Yonk’s Oct. 21 online letter does not mention his Utah State University institute’s funding from special interest groups, including the Koch brothers, and includes misleading information about the costs of wind power. Mr. Yonk describes his report as peer-reviewed and relying on “academically accepted practices,” but the report has not been published in an academic journal. His “sound data” come from groups financed by the same special interests that fund him.

Texas hits new wind power milestone on Thursday

Source: By Jordan Blum, Fuel Fix • Posted: Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

The new record came the same day as the American Wind Energy Association reported Texas accounted for nearly half of the nation’s wind power growth in the third quarter of the year. Texas added 771 megawatts of wind generation in the third quarter and, nationwide, about 1,600 megawatts were put online. Texas now has about 16,400 megawatts of wind power, according to the AWEA, which is about 10,000 megawatts more than the second and third windiest states, California and Iowa.