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Corporate demand is driving US wind, solar growth, says Moody's

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Corporate demand is driving US wind, solar growth, says Moody's | Analysis: The US offshore wind "gold rush" is underway | Opinion: Md. lawmakers should support wind, join Climate Solutions Caucus
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Corporate demand is driving US wind, solar growth, says Moody's
Corporate demand -- not state mandates -- has become the top driving force behind wind and solar growth in the US, said Moody's Investors Service on Friday. The report advised developers to pursue power purchase agreements with corporate buyers, adding that states have less authority as more and more of them reach their current renewable portfolio standards.
Bloomberg (3/10) 
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Analysis: The US offshore wind "gold rush" is underway
Twenty-three offshore wind farms with a combined capacity of about 16 gigawatts are under various stages of development in the US, according to this analysis, which argues that the transition to offshore wind is already well underway. Observers say if the industry follows the Energy Department's projections that US offshore wind will hit 86 GW by 2050, it would create up to 600,000 new jobs over the next 10 years.
Fortune (3/14) 
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Opinion: Md. lawmakers should support wind, join Climate Solutions Caucus
Maryland lawmakers should support wind development, including offshore wind, as one of several ways to reduce fossil fuel generation and to safeguard against the risks of fracking, writes Danielle Lucid. She also urges Maryland's representatives to join the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus.
The Baltimore Sun (3/13) 
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Using Better Data to Drive an Increased Share of Wallet
Growth-oriented restaurant owners today are looking beyond the bottlenecks of POS solutions to access a cloud of smart apps that analyze data automatically and provide owners with access to cost-effective, best-of-breed, big data solutions. This report gives you an overview of recent trends that will help you save costs on inventory, lost productivity, and line speed. Download now.
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Star Wind, Ralls team up to add 1 GW of wind capacity in North America
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Ralls and Star Wind will work together to develop and operate wind farms with a combined capacity of 1 gigawatt in North America, according to the company. They said that they plan to develop the projects over the next five years. (U.K.) (3/13) 
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EDF EN launches 66.5-MW project in France
EDF Energies Nouvelles has begun operations at its 26-turbine, 66.5-megawatt Montagne Ardechoise project in France, according to the company. It added that it employed about 150 temporary workers during the construction process, and will create six permanent jobs. (U.K.) (3/14) 
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SEE begins building 18-MW wind farm in Ireland
SSE has begun building an 18-megawatt wind farm in County Kerry, Ireland, that will feature nine turbines, according to the company. "With the wind farm due to be fully operational this time next year, there is a lot of work to do in the next six months in advance of turbine delivery," said Leanamore Project Manager Seamus Lynch. (U.K.) (3/13) 
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Economy, Energy & Trends
EIA: Transportation emissions now higher than electricity emissions
The Energy Information Administration says carbon emissions produced by electric power generation in 2016 were less than those produced from transportation. EIA also notes that wind and solar power output are expected to increase, as are coal power generation and production.
Power Engineering International (3/9) 
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Policy Watch
Study calling for Ohio RPS repeal is flawed, say clean energy supporters
A study from the Buckeye Institute arguing for why Ohio's renewable portfolio standard should be repealed is flawed and inconsistent with other reports, according to clean energy advocates from the Ohio Environmental Council, Natural Resources Defense Council and other groups. The American Wind Energy Association added that the report was based on renewable energy credit pricing from a year in which FirstEnergy overpaid, and not on regular data.
Midwest Energy News (3/13) 
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Climate action remains a priority for D.C., says mayor
Washington, D.C., will continue to combat climate change using renewable energy and other measures, said Mayor Muriel Bowser. "More than ever when federal policies are uncertain, we know cities can get a lot accomplished -- and influence national policy," she said.
Reuters (3/14) 
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Broad coalition ask Congress to invest in America's electricity grid
A diverse group of businesses from the energy, manufacturing, construction and environmental sectors sent a letter to Congressional leaders today calling for investment in America's electricity grid. The coalition reminded lawmakers that ensuring reliable access to affordable electricity is necessary to keep business strong. Read more.
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