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Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker vetoes climate bill that sets carbon emissions targets ahead of 2050

In a letter to lawmakers, Baker said he vetoed the bill in part because it would slow housing production, running contrary to the goals of the “housing choice” proposal within the economic development bill he signed into law Thursday. He also said the bill lacked tools local and state officials need to protect cities and towns against present-day natural disasters that can be traced back to climate change.
14 Jan 2021

CFE admits falsifying document but maintains green energy caused blackout

CFE chief Manuel Bartlett dismissed the document falsification matter as a minor issue and charged that the real problem at hand was that the previous federal government granted an excessive number of permits to renewable energy companies. As a result such energy is concentrated in some parts of the national grid and causes “imbalances,” he said. Bartlett said the government’s position of halting the connection of new renewable energy projects to the national system will be maintained and railed against an arrangement that allows private and renewable energy firms to avoid paying for the use of CFE transmission lines.
6 Jan 2021

As US moves to renewable energy, wind turbines from Xinjiang may get caught in political tempest

On one hand, the Las Lomas wind site is an example of US, Chinese and European companies taking action together ...On the other, they are companies whose supply chains run through a part of China where there has been widespread international condemnation, ...human rights violations reported to be taking place there. "If someone is coming to me and saying, 'I'm importing something from this region', I'm telling them, you should review your supply chain and assess potential risks.
30 Dec 2020

Electricity commission blames wildfire, renewable energy for Monday’s power outage

A CFE official offered that the system’s failure was a result of indiscriminate granting of permits to wind and solar energy producers. In addition, said Mario Morales Vielmas, the government’s efforts to stabilize the electrical network had been thwarted by the judicial system’s rulings against a new energy policy that was intended to give the government more control over the network.
30 Dec 2020

Steps taken to regulate wind energy projects

I read in the Norfolk paper recently that there is a lot of “myth and misinformation” about wind energy. The article was forwarded to me by one of wind energy’s strongest lobbyists in Nebraska. He argued that only a poorly informed “vocal minority” opposes wind energy, and the vast majority of citizens support it. Clearly this man hasn’t spent a lot of time talking to people in my legislative district. Whenever someone directs the argument away from the numerous problems created by wind energy, to instead a discussion about the relative size and importance of the opposition, it’s easy to see where that train of thought is headed.
12 Dec 2020

Another green subsidy bust: An Obama-era solar failure could cost taxpayers $510 million

The Crescent Dunes failure shows again what happens when government invests in commercial ventures beyond its expertise for political purposes. Scarce resources are misallocated and taxpayers lose. We wish we could say the politicians have learned from failure, but the Biden Administration is coming to town promising much more of the same.
12 Dec 2020

Unraveling tangled energy narrative requires critical thinking

Critical thinking about renewables needs to include the fact that all energy sources impact the environment, even renewables, he said. Tinker said that the massive amounts of wind turbines and solar panels needed to meet global energy demand would require extensive mining of the rare earths and minerals required to build the turbines and panels. And then, he said, there’s the amount of land needed to house the turbines and panels and then issues with their disposal after they cease to function.
5 Dec 2020

Developers in favor, residents against proposed uniform rules put forward by new renewable project siting office

Renewable energy project developers spoke in favor of the proposed regulations and residents involved in activities against particular renewable projects in their local areas expressed concerns with the uniform rules and standards, especially the potential of those standards to diminish the opportunity for local rule relating to renewable projects.
20 Nov 2020

More land restrictions for solar in Taiwan

“To give equal consideration to ecological and economic development and create a win-win situation, the important wild bird habitats should be excluded. Therefore, the land used for producing salt connected to highly ecologically disputed areas in Chiayi County and Tainan city ...shall no longer be provided for solar photovoltaic installations. Authorizations that have already been given ...will now be revoked. 
17 Nov 2020

Arizona regulators adopt new clean energy rules without renewable mandate

Prior to the final 4-1 vote, the regulators deleted a proposed mandate that the utilities get at least 50% of their power from renewable sources by 2035. The rules count power from APS’s Palo Verde nuclear plant as a carbon-free “clean energy” source and replace the state’s current renewable-energy standard, which requires utilities to get 15% of their power from renewables by 2025.
14 Nov 2020

Taiwan bans solar PV on salt flats in ecologically sensitive areas in Chiayi County and Tainan City

Taiwan_press_release_re_ban_of_solar_pv_on_certain_salt_flats_thumb Land used for producing salt connected to highly ecologically disputed areas in Chiayi County and Tainan City according to the investigation completed by the Institute shall no longer be provided for solar photovoltaic installations. The consent given for the provision of land is revoked and the deposit shall be refunded without interest. In addition, the national land that has been adopted by conservation groups also shall not be provided for solar photovoltaic installation. 
10 Nov 2020

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