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ERCOT: Wind Topped 10% of Texas Generation for First Time in 2014

January 27 -- Wind energy-generated electricity provided 10.6% of Texas power in 2015, the first time it has reached double digits in the state’s power mix, according to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas. The increase was largely in generation from growing Panhandle and West Texas capacity and due to delivery by the new Competitive Renewable Energy Zone (CREZ) transmission lines serving it. >>View Article

Freeze On Energy Standards Hurting Central Ohio Solar Business

January 27 -- A Central Ohio solar company is blaming Ohio’s freeze on green energy standards for some of the slowdown in its business. Recently a study from research group Pew Charitable Trusts’ Clean Energy Initiative found that the 2 year freeze on mandated renewable or alternative energy sources has led to sharp drops in business for the wind and solar industry in Ohio. >>View Article

Utilities Vie for Time in the Sun

January 26 -- The spread of solar panels across the nation's rooftops has been called a risk to the finances of old-line electric companies, but some utilities are now saying that if you can't beat 'em, join 'em. Around the country, utilities and the solar industry are floating new ways to install and pay for solar energy. >>View Article

Report Breaks Down Where Wind Turbine Revenue Goes

January 26 -- A recent report highlighted an estimated $9 million in gain from wind turbine tax revenue in Huron County for 2014. The county received the biggest chunk, at $2.5 million; about $2.4 million was allocated to townships; and schools pulled in about $1.9 million, according to the report, prepared by Walt Schlichting, the county’s Equalization Department director. >>View Article

Viewpoint: Florida Has Great Potential for Solar Power

January 26 -- Florida spends about $58 billion per year buying carbon-based fuels from other states and nations to power our cars and cities which drives their economies rather than our own. That need not be the case in the Sunshine State with the third-highest solar potential in the nation and is a good reminder as we recently celebrated the national "Shout Out for Solar." >>View Article

U.S. Wind-Power Installations Rose Sixfold in 2014: BNEF

January 22 -- Installations of wind power in the U.S. surged sixfold last year, making it the largest market for the technology worldwide after China.

The U.S. added 4.7 gigawatts of new onshore wind capacity in 2014 compared with 764 megawatts a year earlier, largely due to the extension of the Production Tax Credit in January 2013, Bloomberg New Energy Finance said today in a statement. Total U.S. onshore wind installations are now 64.2 megawatts. >>View Article

The Ongoing Attack on Ethanol

January 22 -- There is an old saying that the only things that are certain in life are death and taxes. However, we must add to that list the certainty that each Congress Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) will continue her inexplicable crusade against corn ethanol by introducing legislation, amendments, riders, and other measures to tear down one of the great American success stories in an otherwise miserable legacy of energy policy. The current iteration is an amendment to the Keystone Pipeline legislation. >>View Article

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