Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Alaska's capital adopts 80% by 2045 renewables goal

Analysis: New pathways are boosting corporate access to clean energy | Opinion: Clean energy is gaining traction among Mass. conservatives | MidAmerican adds 338 MW of wind capacity in Iowa
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February 14, 2018
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Analysis: New pathways are boosting corporate access to clean energy
Corporations across the US are snapping up clean energy as a way to keep electricity costs low and curb their carbon emissions, and doing so is easier than ever thanks to a slew of new buying options, writes Cassandra Sweet. She identifies several pathways for companies to purchase renewables, including green tariffs, virtual power purchase agreements, on-site renewable energy projects and special deals with local utilities.
GreenBiz (2/14) 
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Opinion: Clean energy is gaining traction among Mass. conservatives
Opinion: Clean energy is gaining traction among Mass. conservatives
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Conservatives in Massachusetts are increasingly embracing clean energy under the leadership of Gov. Charlie Baker, setting the stage for a similar shift nationwide, writes Connor Brown. "The cost savings, job creation, and security these resources provide should appeal to all voters regardless of ideology," he writes.
The Sun (Lowell, Mass.) (2/13) 
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MidAmerican adds 338 MW of wind capacity in Iowa
MidAmerican adds 338 MW of wind capacity in Iowa
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MidAmerican Energy has finished building its Beaver Creek and Prairie wind farms in Iowa, adding 338 megawatts of installed wind capacity to its portfolio. "Wind energy is good for our customers, and it's an abundant, renewable resource that also energizes the economy," said Vice President of Resource Development Michael Fehr.
CleanTechnica (2/13) 
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Invenergy refinances 110.4-MW wind farm in Mich.
Invenergy has finished refinancing its 110.4-megawatt Gratiot County project in Michigan featuring 69 1.6-MW machines from GE Energy, according to the company. The project, which began operations in 2012, has a 20-year power purchase agreement with DTE Energy.
ReNews (UK) (2/13) 
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Vineyard advances subsea cable system for Mass. project
Vineyard Wind has secured a preliminary environmental certificate from the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act office, clearing the way for it to move forward with its proposed Vineyard Wind Connector subsea transmission line. The line is capable of carrying up to 800 megawatts of offshore wind capacity and would support an offshore wind farm Vineyard is in the early stages of developing off the Massachusetts coast.
North American Windpower online (2/13) 
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Economy, Energy & Trends
Alaska's capital adopts 80% by 2045 renewables goal
City officials in Juneau, Alaska, adopted a 80% by 2045 goal for renewables on Monday, with an interim goal of 50% renewables by 2035. The city said fossil fuels currently supply about 80% of its "internal energy" needs.
Juneau Empire (Alaska) (2/13) 
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Okla. university unveils new scholarship fund powered by Enel
Oklahoma Panhandle State University has confirmed that it will use a $150,000 donation from Enel Green Power to create scholarships for students pursuing degrees in wind energy or education. The university is also partnering with the High Plains Technology Center on a program in which students can receive their turbine technician certificate and then transfer to OPSU to earn their associate and bachelor's degrees.
North American Windpower online (2/12) 
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Policy Watch
Trump 2019 budget proposal includes BOEM funding cuts
President Donald Trump's proposed budget for fiscal 2019 would allocate $179.3 million for the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, cutting its spending for offshore renewables from $23.7 million in 2018 to $20.7 million. To date, BOEM has issued 13 commercial leases for offshore wind farms in the Atlantic Ocean.
ReNews (UK) (2/13) 
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Mass. senator proposes omnibus to bolster clean energy
Massachusetts state Sen. Marc Pacheco has introduced an omnibus package that would accelerate the state's shift to a clean energy economy by encouraging renewables, increasing the state's offshore wind goals and using "market-based" strategies to curb carbon emissions, among other provisions. Pacheco added that he'd like the state to reach 5 gigawatts of installed offshore wind capacity before 2035.
WBUR-FM (Boston)/State House News Service (2/13) 
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AWEA releases video of fish feeding at America's 1st offshore wind farm
Americans can now preview what's in store for coastal communities, and the fish many depend on, as offshore wind development builds steam in the US. The American Wind Energy Association and the Special Initiative on Offshore Wind, based at the University of Delaware, released a new video today that features never-before-seen underwater footage of fish feeding at America's first offshore wind farm, as well as testimonials from local recreational fishermen and charter captains. Read more.
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