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Clean-energy backers rally for override of Hogan veto

Amelia Chasse, a spokeswoman for Hogan, said the governor has consistently supported efforts that promote clean air and clean water. "However, the governor will not do this at the expense of Maryland's ratepayers," Chasse said. ...Chasse said proponents of the bill "need to get their facts straight." She noted Hogan signed legislation in 2015 to expand the Maryland Commission on Climate Change.
6 Jan 2017

To slow global warming, we need nuclear power

Unfortunately, some of our federal policies to encourage clean energy do not explicitly include or incentivize nuclear power. Likewise, some states have chosen to adopt policies, such as renewable portfolio standards, that do not include or incentivize nuclear power. At the same time, our energy markets do not currently account for the value of carbon-free power, a failure that puts nuclear power at an unfair and economically inefficient disadvantage to fossil fuels like coal and natural gas.
22 Dec 2016

German renewables expansion slows down in 2016

Onshore wind in the production figures accounted for 10% of Germany’s electricity output in 2016, down from 11% in 2015, while offshore wind expanded to 2% of production, up from 1% a year earlier. Wind on land shrank despite a continued rapid addition of new capacity due to weaker winds this year.
20 Dec 2016

Energy talks go all night in House, but no vote yet

The new proposal includes at least two major revisions to the 234-page plan approved last month in the Senate, including provisions designed to ease concerns that new regulations on alternative energy suppliers would effectively kill the state’s “electric choice” program that has allowed some big manufacturers and schools save money on their electric bills.
15 Dec 2016

NYS cuts 2017 renewable target

The shortage stems from the PSC’s arbitrary rules, under which only renewables that came online on or after January 1, 2015 are eligible to generate credits. The PSC had inconsistently included in its estimates of available renewables such sources as rooftop solar panels and other behind-the-meter, “customer-sited tier projects” that actually wouldn’t qualify to sell RECs.
13 Dec 2016

Trump team casts a cold eye on renewables

Pyle-what-to-expect-from-the-trump-administration_thumb That document suggests that renewable energy will get greater scrutiny and a far tougher hearing at DOE after Trump comes to office. The questions were directed to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), a semi-independent arm of DOE that maintains essential energy data. Here are two that relate to renewable energy.
12 Dec 2016

Innogy chief plays down Trump risk to US renewables

European clean power group led by Peter Terium has big plans to invest in the country Donald Trump’s election will have no effect on the growth in US renewables despite his claim that global warming is a “hoax” and his opposition to the Paris climate accord, says the boss of one of Europe’s biggest clean power companies.
12 Dec 2016

AEMO’s third report highlights wind power link to South Australia blackout

The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) released its third report today with its preliminary conclusions on the causes of the “Black System” that plunged the entire state into darkness at 4.18pm on September 28. While tornadoes were found to have taken down three transmission lines ahead of the blackout, it was the loss of power from the state’s wind farms that is thought to be one of the primary causes of the event.
12 Dec 2016
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