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Renewable Energy Systems signs 15-year PPA with General Mills

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AWEA, business groups urge Nev. governor to increase RPS | Renewable Energy Systems signs 15-year PPA with General Mills | SSE kicks off first phase of Irish wind farm
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AWEA, business groups urge Nev. governor to increase RPS
The American Wind Energy Association, Solar Energy Industries Association and Geothermal Energy Association wrote a letter to Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval urging him to pass a bill that would increase the state's Renewable Portfolio Standard from 25% by 2025 to 40% by 2030. "We stress that your signature on raising the standard will affirm the state's position as a national clean energy leader," they wrote.
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Renewable Energy Systems signs 15-year PPA with General Mills
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Renewable Energy Systems has secured a 15-year power purchase agreement with General Mills for 100 megawatts of output from its Cactus Flats wind farm in Concho County, Texas, said the companies. "As we help mitigate the impacts of climate change, investing in wind energy is the right thing to do," said General Mills Executive Vice President of Supply Chain John Church.
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SSE kicks off first phase of Irish wind farm
SSE has begun operations at the first 66-megawatt phase of a 169-MW wind farm under development in Ireland, said the companies. The Comhlacht Gaoithe Teoranta project features 22 3-MW turbines from Siemens.
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US agency to help fund $275M, 130-MW wind farm in Zambia
The US Trade and Development Agency has agreed to help fund a $275 million, 130-megawatt project under development by Access Power in Zambia, according to the agency. USTDA said the project would use its grant to fund a feasibility study and for other related expenses.
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UK offshore wind costs are falling, driving shift away from government support
The cost of offshore wind development is declining in the UK and accelerating the nation's shift away from government support mechanisms, writes Jess Shankleman. An MHI Vestas spokesman said that the results of British government's upcoming $369 million bidding round for offshore wind development could also indicate a "trajectory toward subsidy-free pricing in future offshore wind auctions."
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Report: UK sourced more electricity from renewables than fossil fuels on Wed.
The UK sourced a record-breaking 50.7% of its electricity from renewables for a period on Wednesday afternoon, according to UK grid operator National Grid. "For the first time ever this lunchtime, wind, nuclear and solar were all generating more than both gas and coal combined," it said.
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President Donald Trump's proposed funding cuts for clean energy research reflects the administration's belief that private companies should be responsible for developing the new technology needed for commercial projects, including clean energy, said Energy Secretary Rick Perry during the China Clean Energy Ministerial conference in Beijing. "Once (a new technology) has been proven up, we need to get out of the business," he said.
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Calif. divided over feasibility of proposed RPS increase
California Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin de Leon and other clean energy advocates are at odds with various business and utility leaders over the feasibility of de Leon's proposal to increase the state's Renewable Portfolio Standard to 100% by 2045. De Leon and other supporters believe it's doable, especially from a political perspective, but that it may incur unexpected costs.
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Wind power works like a charm for General Mills
General Mills, a Fortune 500 company and American multinational maker of many well-known brands, such as Annie's, Betty Crocker, Yoplait, Old El Paso, Cheerios and Lucky Charms, signed a 15-year contract for 100 megawatts of Texas wind power capacity. The company's wind power purchase will help fund the construction of Renewable Energy System's Cactus Flats wind farm in Concho County, near the heart of Texas. Read more.
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