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Microsoft Signs Wyoming-Kansas Power Deal, Expanding Its Reliance on Renewable Energy

Chris Martin for Bloomberg News: Microsoft Corp. committed to its largest wind-power purchase to date with a deal to buy 237 megawatts of capacity from projects in Wyoming and Kansas. Allianz Risk Transfer AG’s Bloom Wind Project in Kansas and Black Hills Corp.’s Happy Jack and Silver Sage wind farms in Wyoming will provide all […]

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On the Blogs: Trump Runs Risk of Suffering LBJ-Like ‘Credibility Gap’ on Energy Markets

John H. Cushman Jr. for InsideClimate News: Judging by the brief discussion of energy policy on Donald Trump’s White House transition website, what he’d like to change about the Obama approach is everything. Presented below are our expectations for Trump’s Top Ten list—along with some evidence about how complicated it might be to achieve these […]

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On the Blogs: Kansas, Already Getting 30% of Electricity From Wind, Could Hit 50% by 2019

From EcoWatch.com: EIA’s latest “Monthly Energy Review” notes that during the first six months of this year, renewable sources—i.e., biofuels, biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar and wind—accounted for 5.242 quadrillion Btus (quads) of domestic energy production. This includes thermal, liquid and electrical forms of energy. By comparison, nuclear power provided only 4.188 quads. That is, renewables […]

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IEEFA Update (Corrected): Wind in the Wires, and More on the Way

30 States Have Projects Under Construction or in Advanced Development

Wind power is a rapidly growing source of electricity in the U.S., doubling its share of generation in just five years, to 4.9 percent in 2015. The declining cost of wind power, along with cheap natural gas, has put tremendous financial pressure on both coal-fired and nuclear power plants, and is changing the mix of fuels […]

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IEEFA Data Bite: Renewables, in U.S. Government’s Latest Snapshot, Are Closing In on Coal

Data From Texas, the Largest Market in the Country, Shows a Deepening Shift

Renewable energy is rapidly gaining electricity market share in the U.S, surging ahead of coal-fired power even in some traditionally coal-heavy states, according to the latest monthly figures from the Energy Information Administration. The amount of electricity generated by hydro, wind, solar, biomass and geothermal sources together reached 19.2 percent of all power generation in […]

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Data Bite: U.S. Coal Production Is Down Almost Everywhere, and Off by Double Digits in Key States

The Map and Chart of the Day: Stark Challenges for Miners From Appalachia to Wyoming as Energy Markets Shift

The drop in U.S. coal production reported by the Energy Information Administration for 2015 marks the biggest annual decline since 1958 and continues a trend that began a decade ago. The total amount of coal produced in the U.S. sank to 900 million short tons, the lowest level since the mid-1980s, according to the EIA’s preliminary estimates. […]

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How Can These 15 States Comply with EPA’s Clean Power Plan? (Hint: Modernizing Their Renewable-Energy Programs Might Help)

Fighting Pollution Rules While Lagging on Wind and Solar

States that seem most staunchly opposed to the EPA’s Clean Power Plan tend to be the same ones that underachieve on renewable-energy initiatives. The 15 attorneys general formally opposing the new pollution-control rules come from states that have some of the country’s least ambitious renewable portfolio standards and the weakest renewable-energy goals in America. Which […]

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In Wind-Energy Deal, Kansas Drops Renewable-Energy Goals

Wind-energy producers have agreed to a deal that will let them avoid a state excise tax on electricity they generate in exchange for supporting an end to the state requirement that it get one-fifth of its energy from renewable resources by 2020. (Kansas City Star) Compromise Reached for Softened Kansas Renewable Energy Standards

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‘Common Sense Prevails’

Regional bipartisan support for clean energy continues to emerge across the Midwest, reports Alli Gold Roberts in a commentary posted today on Midwest Energy News. Roberts, a policy associate at Ceres, argues that corporations, investors and state legislators are finding increasing common ground. She offers four clear takeaways from recent political and corporate developments: “Clean […]

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