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In late September, I traveled to Virginia’s Eastern Shore to join Governor Terry McAuliffe and other state and local officials for his announcement of the Commonwealth’s issuance of its first permit for a new 80 megawatt solar facility that will be constructed in Accomack County. Amazon Web Services (AWS) has partnered with Community Energy to build the new installation — Amazon Solar Farm US East — and the project is expected to more than quadruple the amount of solar energy currently installed in Virginia. In his announcement, Governor McAuliffe said: “The partnership between Community Energy and Amazon Web Services, which will result in the largest solar facility in the mid-Atlantic, is indicative of the types of opportunities that my Administration is working toward through our commitment to build a new Virginia economy.”

I was speaking with a friend the other day when she asked, “What’s going on with renewable energy tax extenders this year? Are the PTC and ITC going to be extended?” As we know, the Production Tax Credit (PTC) expired at the end of 2014 and the 30 percent Investment Tax Credit (ITC) will expire at the end of 2016. That’s in addition to a dozen other energy credits affecting biofuels, electric vehicles, and energy efficiency that have also expired.

November 1 -- Duke Energy, the nation's largest electric utility, today deployed 1,000 additional workers to help other utilities in eight states restore power to more than 6 million homes and businesses in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. >>View Article 

Tuesday, 17 September 2013 17:49

REFF-West Recap: Tom Steyer's Keynote Speech

By Susan Lee 9/17/13Berc logo

Tom Steyer, Founder and Board Chair of the Advanced Energy Economy Institute, business leader and investor, recently climbed Mount Tyndall – one of the highest peaks in California. This awesome feat is number eight of the fourteen peaks he plans to climb. In the energy space, Mr. Steyer is also tackling mounting challenges and left his investing career to focus on such issues full-time. As Mr. Steyer discussed in his keynote, energy challenges can be addressed and overcome through a multilateral approach with capitalism as the driving solution.

By ACORE CEO and President, Vice Admiral Dennis V. McGinn

During the final sprint to Election Day, Americans will hear political leaders point fingers as they attempt to explain why the U.S. is experiencing slow domestic job growth. We will hear versions of an “all of the above” energy strategy, versions that may not in fact fairly embrace all of our domestic energy resources. Evidence of the lack of consistent support for all sources of energy abounds in Congress’s failure to extend the Production Tax Credit (PTC) even as the wind industry has been making significant gains in previous years. If leaders of any party want to truly establish “all of the above” energy strategy that embraces all sources of energy--natural gas, fossil fuels, and renewable energy--on a level playing field, the PTC must be extended.

October 3 -- Speaking at a forum on national energy policy hosted by Center Forward on Wednesday, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, criticized members of her own party for holding up bipartisan energy-efficiency legislation in the Senate last month, The Hill reports. Murkowski blamed GOP senators for trying to add a host of unrelated amendments dealing with the Affordable Care Act to the bill. Democrats weren't spared, however, from her criticism, as Murkowski cast a critical eye on the entire Senate for failing to advance the legislation. >>View Article

July 16 -- The recent Western Governors Association meeting in Park City offered a stark reminder of a sad fact: When it comes to energy policy, Utah is stuck in the 19th century, while our neighbors build tomorrow’s clean energy economy. >>View Article

Tuesday, 16 July 2013 14:52

Windmill man optimistic about the future

July 16 -- Green energy has been at the center of bitter political fights in recent years, but Tom Kiernan sees a glass half full — at the very least — when it comes to the future of the wind power industry in the United States. >>View Article

June 10 -- A global climate deal that may come into force in 2020 will come too late to avert a global temperature increase of more than 2 degrees Celsius, unless governments swiftly implement four new policy measures to curb carbon emissions, the International Energy Agency said Monday. >>View Article

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