Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Okla. Senate rejects bill to alter tax credits for wind

Okla. Senate rejects bill to alter tax credits for wind | GM: Ohio, Ill. wind farms advancing 100% renewables goal | Report: China, US are best markets for renewables
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Okla. Senate rejects bill to alter tax credits for wind
The Oklahoma Senate has rejected a bill that would have changed the state's wind energy tax credits by ending incentive payments for the industry. "At the end of the day to go back on our word is not in Oklahoma's best interest and so I think the body got it right today and hopefully moving forward this is a topic that goes away," said Wind Coalition Oklahoma Director Mark Yates.
KWTV-TV (Oklahoma City) (4/30) 
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GM: Ohio, Ill. wind farms advancing 100% renewables goal
GM: Ohio, Ill. wind farms advancing 100% renewables goal
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General Motors expects to source 20% of its global electricity needs from renewables this year, after two wind farms under development in Ohio and Illinois come online, says Global Manager of Renewable Energy Rob Threlkeld. The company has a 100% renewables by 2050 goal in place.
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Report: China, US are best markets for renewables
China and the US are the two most attractive markets in the world for renewables, according to an Ernst & Young report analyzing the world's top 40 renewable energy markets. Germany took the third spot, followed by India in fourth.
Reuters (5/1) 
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    ReNews (UK) (4/30) 
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    Vineyard Wind partners sign separate offshore deals
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    WFAE-FM (Charlotte, N.C.) (4/30) 
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    Vattenfall unveils new direct-buy PPA option in UK
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