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Growth of competitive renewable energy could be ‘game changing’ for Paris climate talks 

Source: Lisa Friedman, E&E reporter • Posted: Friday, June 5th, 2015

In more and more markets, renewables are competing on the grid with conventional generation or beating it. In 26 or so markets, and it’s growing quickly, renewables are competitive on the grid with any form of conventional generation. This is a game-changing event. For us, the issue no longer can we get to 20, 30 percent renewables. The issue is, what do we do when we get there? That’s going to require much more fundamental work on the transformation of power.

Siemens Wins First Order for New British Wind Turbine Factory

Source: By Karolin Schaps, Reuters • Posted: Friday, June 5th, 2015

Siemens, the world’s largest maker of offshore wind turbines, has won an order from British utility Scottish Power to build more than 100 of the machines for the East Anglia One project, the first order for Siemens’ new UK factory in Hull. A source close to the deal said it was worth between 750 and 850 million pounds.

Iberdrola-owned Scottish Power plans to start building the 715-megawatt wind farm off the coast of Norfolk in 2017, with the turbines set for installation by 2019, the utility said.

Wind energy gets into the game at College World Series

Source: By Cody Winchester, Omaha World-Herald staff writer • Posted: Friday, June 5th, 2015

The College World Series will be a little greener this year. The Metropolitan Entertainment and Convention Authority, which operates TD Ameritrade Park, says it will buy renewable energy certificates from the Omaha Public Power District to offset electricity used during the 11-day event, which begins June 13.

Colo. should expand RPS and target wind for EPA carbon rule — report 

Source: Daniel Cusick, E&E reporter • Posted: Friday, June 5th, 2015

Colorado’s wind energy sector has generated $5 billion in direct investment and created between 6,000 and 7,000 jobs, or nearly 10 percent of the wind industry’s national workforce, according to data released yesterday by Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2), a national business group that tracks clean energy trends. But the group asserts that for Colorado to maintain its wind energy sector growth, lawmakers in Denver should extend the state’s renewable portfolio standard, which is set to expire in 2020, and use wind energy as a compliance tool in meeting requirements under U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan.

Calif. Senate passes climate package aiming for 50% renewable power, halving petroleum use

Source: Anne C. Mulkern, E&E reporter • Posted: Friday, June 5th, 2015

California’s Senate yesterday accelerated the state’s push for clean energy, passing a bundle of climate bills that aimed to shrink sharply greenhouse gas emissions, increase renewable power to 50 percent of electricity and chop in half petroleum use by 2030. The upper chamber’s set of 12 measures also included one calling for two state pension funds, which are the nation’s largest, to divest from thermal coal. Another bill sought to ramp up transit and inner-city rail. There were multiple measures looking to develop plans to help the state adapt as climate change proceeds. The bills still must pass the state’s Assembly, and similar ones from that chamber must be reconciled with Senate versions. But Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León (D) cast the effort in momentous terms, calling the climate legislation “the most far-reaching not just in California history, but in U.S. history.”

Berkshire Hathaway Energy seeks Democratic support for utility proposal 

Source: Hannah Northey, E&E reporter • Posted: Friday, June 5th, 2015

Berkshire Hathaway Energy is hoping to win more Democratic support for its bid to ease purchase requirements for utilities under a 1970s law aimed at boosting renewables and efficiency, even if that means tweaking the language. Jonathan Weisgall, the company’s vice president for legislative and regulatory affairs, made another pitchbefore the House Energy and Power Subcommittee to change the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act, or PURPA.

One senator’s crusade to combat a McConnell anti-EPA onslaught 

Source: Joel Kirkland, E&E reporter • Posted: Thursday, June 4th, 2015

“Mr. President,” he said, standing over a small dais in the back of the chamber in April, “the distinguished majority leader, the senior senator from Kentucky, is resolutely opposed to any serious conversation about climate change.” Four months into Sen. Mitch McConnell’s quixotic effort to return the U.S. Senate to consensus-building, the Democrat from Rhode Island laid a shot across McConnell’s bow. Whitehouse chastised McConnell for an open letter he sent to governors urging them to ignore a proposed U.S. EPA rule that would require states to build a plan for slashing power-sector carbon emissions.

N.Y. outlines plan for replacing renewable standard, awards 7 storage grants 

Source: Colin Sullivan, E&E reporter • Posted: Thursday, June 4th, 2015

Precisely how the Empire State will approach distributed generation and energy storage under its “reforming the energy vision” process has begun to take shape with major announcements this and last week by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority on both fronts. NYSERDA, which is officially billed as a public benefit corporation but operates much like a state-run utility, has filed a proposal with state regulators detailing how it wants to approach renewable energy after the state’s renewable portfolio standard ends later this year.Separately, the organization last week announced awards to seven companies looking to scale up or invent new approaches to energy storage.

Missouri panel questions adding multistate wind energy line

Source: By The Associated Press • Posted: Thursday, June 4th, 2015

“I do not see the benefit to Missourians,” Kenney said. A majority of members on the Public Service Commission must vote to allow Clean Line to construct the line, and three of five members spoke against it. That means the project likely will not muster approval when it comes up for a final vote, which could occur as early as a scheduled June 11 meeting. Regulatory agencies in Kansas and Indiana already have approved the Grain Belt Express, and an application for construction in Illinois still is pending.

IKEA Pledges 1 Billion Euros to Help Slow Climate Change

Source: By Reuters • Posted: Thursday, June 4th, 2015

IKEA, the world’s biggest furniture retailer, pledged on Thursday to spend 1 billion euros ($1.13 billion) on renewable energy and ways to help poor nations cope with climate change, in a new sign of companies upstaging governments on the issue. The investments will be “win, win, win. It’s good for customers, good for the climate and good for IKEA too”, Chief Executive Peter Agnefjall told Reuters in an interview.