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EIA: Wind, solar generated more than 10% of US electricity in March | Renewable, energy efficiency help utilities cut carbon, says report | Opinion: Texas' market-based approach to clean energy is a success
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EIA: Wind, solar generated more than 10% of US electricity in March
The US sourced more than 10% of its total electricity needs from wind and solar for the first time in March, according to the Energy Information Administration. The report added that wind and solar accounted for an average of 7% of the nation's generation in 2016.
Reuters (6/14) 
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Renewable, energy efficiency help utilities cut carbon, says report
One hundred of the nation's largest electric companies, which supply 85% of nation's electricity, were able to curb their carbon missions 20% between 2005 and 2015 using a combination on energy-efficiency measures and renewables, according to M.J. Bradley & Associates and several partners. The report highlighted the correlation between installed renewable energy capacity and low carbon emissions among utilities, such as NextEra Energy, which sources 17% of its capacity from renewables and has the 22nd-lowest carbon output.
GreenBiz (6/14) 
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Opinion: Texas' market-based approach to clean energy is a success
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While California, Nevada and New York embrace various renewable energy targets and bills to advance clean energy development, Texas continues to lead the nation in terms of natural gas, oil and wind by using a market-based approach that encourages investments and yields quick results, writes Mitchell Schnurman. He argues that by deregulating electricity, building out transmission infrastructure and allowing the market to guide growth, Texas has created a pro-clean-energy environment that doesn't need government involvement to thrive.
The Dallas Morning News (tiered subscription model) (6/14) 
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Project Focus
NextEra to acquire 80-MW Fiber Winds project in Texas
NextEra Energy Resources has agreed to purchase Tri Global Energy's 80-megawatt Fiber Winds Energy Project in Crosby County, Texas, and sell its output to Xcel Energy through a multiproject power purchase agreement. "Like many other wind energy projects in West Texas, Fiber Winds has provided substantial economic impact to the local host area, and that includes funds from additional tax revenue, landowner royalties and other contributions, such as the creation of local jobs," said Tri Global Chairman and CEO John Billingsley.
North American Windpower online (6/14) 
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Iowa-Wis. transmission line is key for wind growth, say advocates
The proposed $500 million Cardinal-Hickory Creek Transmission Line is needed because it would carry wind from wind farms in southeastern Iowa to Middleton, Wis., facilitating the spread of clean energy throughout the Midwest, say supporters of the project. "Just like cars driving on a highway need to get to their destination, the state and region needs to have a roadway for clean energy," said Wind on the Wires Executive Director Beth Soholt.
Wisconsin Public Radio (6/14) 
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Opinion: Wind provides Vt. with good jobs, reliable energy
Vermont should support wind energy development because it creates well-paying jobs and generates reliable, low-cost clean energy, writes Chris McKay, director of North American sales at Northern Power Systems. He urges the state legislature to reject new sound requirements proposed by the Public Service Board, arguing that they're unreasonable and more about stopping wind growth than sound concerns.
Vermont Business Magazine (6/15) 
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Hasbro sets 100% renewable energy goal for global operations
Having met its 100% renewable energy and carbon neutrality goal in the US, Hasbro has unveiled an initiative that seeks to apply that progress to its global operations. "Through renewable energy advancements, Hasbro continues to demonstrate our deep commitment to the environment and our desire to play a leadership role in building a safe and sustainable world for future generations," said Chairman and CEO Brian Goldner.
North American Windpower online (6/14) 
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Policy Watch
American Wind Action ad campaign plays to Republican ideals
American Wind Action has rolled out a multimillion dollar ad campaign that highlights what it perceives to be the benefits of wind development from a Republican point of view, for example, economic growth in rural America and jobs creation. "We are proud to tell our American-success story of providing reliable power for the country and helping rebuild our nation," said Sam Enfield and Jeff Clark, members of AWA's board of directors.
The Hill (6/14) 
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Ohio Senate considers bill to ease turbine siting restrictions
The Ohio Senate is considering a bill that would update restrictions on turbine siting that wind advocates argue are hindering wind development. If approved, the proposal would reduce the setback limit from 1,300 feet to about 600 feet.
The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio) (tiered subscription model) (6/14) 
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Grid reliability, security and diversity: Another way wind works for America
"What happens when the wind doesn't blow or the sun doesn't shine?" That's a common question from those wanting to understand how grid operators integrate renewable energy. Fortunately, the experts who keep the lights on every day find they can reliably handle large amounts of wind and solar energy. Read more.
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