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Ill. bill could encourage $2B in new wind farms, says state senator

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4 renewables groups respond to Energy Dept. grid study
Four renewable energy industry groups, including the American Wind Energy Association, in a letter criticized the Energy Department's study of the electric grid, which they fear favors nuclear and coal generation. "We express our disappointment that the Department has apparently chosen not to make this review -- which as outlined in your memo has the potential to upend energy markets around the country -- public and open to input from industry, grid operators, state regulators and other key stakeholders," wrote AWEA, the American Council on Renewable Energy, Advanced Energy Economy and the Solar Energy Industries Association in a letter to Energy Secretary Rick Perry.
The Hill (5/16),  North American Windpower online (5/16) 
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AWEA's Kiernan: Stable policies will help wind, solar create jobs
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Renewables like wind and solar are stimulating job growth across the US and will continue to do so -- especially with tax credits in place to provide investors with long-term security, said Tom Kiernan, CEO of American Wind Energy Association, and Christopher Mansour, Solar Energy Industries Association's vice president of federal affairs, in an interview. "The industry, with that type policy clarity, is able to invest and those investments do mean additional jobs," said Kiernan.
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CPP advocates ask federal court to remand rule to EPA
Renewable energy groups and environmentalists that support the Clean Power Plan have asked a federal court to remand the rule back to the Environmental Protection Agency. The coalition argues that remanding the rule would lift the stay and allow the EPA to consider changes to the rule as opposed to the indefinite stay sought by the White House.
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Floating offshore wind turbines and other examples of innovation in the renewable energy sector are helping electronic original equipment manufacturers and their suppliers, like Apple and its supply arm Ibiden, transition to clean energy sources, writes Ariella Brown. She argues that floating offshore wind projects in Japan, France and Sweden are helping those nations meet their renewable energy targets as well as helping electronic OEMs build renewable energy-powered supply chains.
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Egypt aims to source 20% of its electricity from renewables by 2022
Egypt is working toward its goal of sourcing 20% of its total electricity from renewables by 2022 -- up from its current 3% -- by focusing on wind and solar development. "Utilizing renewable energy is part of a national plan to diversify electricity generation sources to meet growing demand and secure the continuity of the electricity sup­ply," said Ministry of Electricity spokesman Ayman Hamza.
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Taiwan unveils plan to reach 4,200 MW installed wind capacity by 2025
Taiwan unveiled an energy plan today that involves eliminating nuclear energy by 2025 and bringing its total installed land-based and offshore wind capacity to 4,200 megawatts by the point, according to the Ministry of Economic Affairs. It added that it expects to invest $22.7 billion in its wind industry.
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Policy Watch
Ill. bill could encourage $2B in new wind farms, says state senator
A bill under consideration in Illinois that would eliminate a provision about wind farms in the Future Energy Jobs Bill could open the door the more than $2 billion worth of new wind investments, said state Sen. Don Harmon. "The bill created significant uncertainty that prevented investment in Illinois by the wind industry, which makes no sense," he said.
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Wind offers Okla. schools a lifeline during budget cuts
The Oklahoman recently took a look at what the Sooner State's growing wind industry has meant for rural school districts. Its findings: wind power has made a big difference. Oklahoma has faced steep cuts to its state education budget in recent years, but wind payments have helped bridge the gap for many small-town districts. Learn more.
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Ask any wind farm developer, and they'll tell you the most successful projects are in communities that want them. And a lot of communities do, as there are wind farms in 41 out of 50 states, supporting well-paying jobs and investing billions of dollars in rural communities. But how can we help ensure that happens? What are the best ways to mobilize the vast majority of people who support wind power while addressing the concerns that are natural for any major project? The next installment of AWEA's Community Engagement Seminar series, happening on May 22 in Anaheim, Calif., tackles exactly these questions. Learn more.
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