Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Mich. revises renewables goal to 15% by '21

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Opinion: Offshore wind can help Trump revitalize manufacturing | Energy Dept. has been a key player US renewables push, says official | Vestas to supply wind farm in South Korea with turbines
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December 20, 2016
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Opinion: Offshore wind can help Trump revitalize manufacturing
President-elect Donald Trump should listen to Republicans and Democrats across the US and lend his support to offshore wind development, writes Paul Rich. "Offshore wind farms will revitalize American steel manufacturing, employ highly skilled American tradespeople and spur much-needed infrastructure investments in American highways, rails and ports," he writes.
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Energy Dept. has been a key player US renewables push, says official
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The Energy Department has been a major driver for renewable energy production in the US, helping the wind industry to cut its costs about 40% since 2008, according to David Friedman, acting assistant secretary for energy efficiency and renewable energy. "The Department of Energy has really changed the world when it comes to energy, and that's part of a global competition that's underway," Friedman said.
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Vestas to supply wind farm in South Korea with turbines
Vestas has received an order for seven of its V112 3.45-megawatt turbines for Yeongyang Windpower's Yeong Yang stage 2 24-MW project in South Korea, according to the company. Vestas is expected to begin delivering the units late next year.
ReNews.biz (U.K.) (12/20) 
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Operations & Maintenance
GE Renewable to provide Falck project in Italy with O&M service
GE Renewable Energy has agreed to provide Falck Renewables with operations and maintenance services for a part of its 79.5-megawatt San Sostene project in Italy, according to the companies. Falck said the deal is for five years.
SeeNews Renewables (12/20) 
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Economy, Energy & Trends
Energy Dept.: Wind, solar, natural gas to account for 93% of new generation
Wind, solar and natural gas will likely account for 93% of the US' new installed electrical capacity for 2016, according to the Energy Department. Texas is expected to lead the nation in new installed wind farms this year.
San Antonio Express-News (tiered subscription model) (12/19) 
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Las Vegas government switches to 100% renewable energy
Las Vegas, Nev., has secured enough power-purchase agreements to power 100% of its 140 buildings, streetlights and other entities with renewables, according to city leaders. The initiative is expected to save the city government about $5 million per year.
Quartz (12/19) 
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Policy Watch
Mich. revises renewables goal to 15% by '21
Lawmakers in Michigan passed a bill last Thursday increasing the state's Renewable Portfolio Standard from 10% to 15% by 2021. "We now have a statewide energy policy that will save Michigan residents millions of dollars on their electric bills, alleviate concerns about having enough capacity to power the daily activities of 10 million people and find new ways to use our existing energy grid more efficiently," said Gov. Rick Snyder.
The ECOreport (12/17) 
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Opinion: US renewable energy transition with or without Perry
President-elect Donald Trump's pick for energy secretary, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, may not be a booster of renewables or working toward the goals of the Paris climate accord, but that work will continue, writes Michael Drexler, head of investors industries at the World Economic Forum. Drexler argues that tax credits and new cost-cutting technologies have provided the industry with the stability needed to stay afloat regardless of federal policy.
Fortune (12/19) 
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What the Trump era means for sustainability leaders
President-elect Donald Trump is unlikely to continue with the environmental policies of the Obama era -- so it will be up to business leaders to keep driving their countries' climate strategy forward, writes Andrew Hoffman. "They will do this with, or without, the cooperation of governments and their political shifts back and forth on these critical issues," he writes.
GreenBiz.com (12/19) 
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Make your voice heard: Wind Power on Capitol Hill 2017
A new president and a new Congress are coming to town in the New Year and we need you to help brief the new decision makers on all the ways wind energy works for America. On Feb. 15 and 16, 2017, AWEA will hold its annual Wind Power on Capitol Hill event, the year's biggest opportunity to visit Washington and meet your representatives in Congress. Read more.
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