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In Seeking White House Intervention, Protectors of Arizona Coal Plant Battle Market Realities

Amy Harder, Russell Gold, and Timothy Puko for the Wall Street Journal: President Donald Trump’s promise to help the coal industry could be facing its first big test: the decision earlier this week to close a large Arizona coal-burning power plant, and a demand that Mr. Trump prevent that shutdown. Majority owners of the Navajo […]

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On the Blogs: A ‘Robust, Enduring Strain of Bipartisanship’ in Support of Renewable-Energy Industries

David Roberts for Vox: On Monday, a bipartisan group of governors sent President Trump a letter touting the benefits of renewable energy. Among other things, the letter pointed to the $222 million a year that wind farms pay to rural landowners and the $100 million a year renewable energy businesses invest in low-income areas. It […]

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On the Blogs: Moody’s Sees Energy Transition Momentum as Unstoppable

Joe Walsh for EnvironentalFinance.com: Moody’s Investors Services points to the Financial Stability Board’s (FSB) Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosure (TCFD) as evidence of the direction of climate policy momentum in the financial sector. It is a growing area, with signatories to the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) growing fivefold from 2006 to 2016. Moody’s […]

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Germany’s ‘Energy Revolution’ Is Felt in Poland and Czechoslovakia

Zeke Turner for the Wall Street Journal: A battle is raging in Central Europe over the balance of power—the electrical kind. Poland and the Czech Republic see Germany as an aggressor, overproducing electricity and dumping it across the border. Germany sees itself as a green-energy pioneer under unfair attacks from less innovative neighbors. As part […]

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On the Blogs: Why Allianz Is Investing Where the Wind Blows

Asa Gibson for EnvironentalFinance.com: Some 12 months ago, Allianz Capital Partners (ACP) reached a milestone when it closed its first renewable energy allocation outside Europe with a tax equity investment in a US wind farm. Since then, the in-house alternative asset manager of German insurance group Allianz has quadrupled its exposure to US wind using […]

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U.S. Renewables Generation Has Tripled Since 2008 but Continues to Lag China and Europe

Quirin Schiermeier for Nature Weekly Journal of Science: Renewable-energy capacity in the United States has more than tripled since 2008, according to a report published this month on US sustainable energy by the Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE), an industry group. Energy capacity from sustainable energy sources such as wind, solar, biomass and geothermal […]

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A New Spot Record for Wind Generation: 52.1% Grid Penetration Across Central U.S.

Scott DiSavino for Reuters: Wind briefly powered more than 50 percent of electric demand on Sunday, the 14-state Southwest Power Pool (SPP) said, for the first time on any North American power grid. SPP coordinates the flow of electricity on the high voltage power lines from Montana and North Dakota to New Mexico, Texas and […]

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Op-Ed: Ohio Governor’s Embrace of Renewables Can Be Replicated in Wisconsin

Josh Zepnick for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Ohio Gov. John Kasich recently vetoed a bill that would have made statewide renewable and energy efficiency standards in Ohio voluntary for the next two years. Kasich understands that businesses that are the future of Ohio are committed to renewable energy. It is better for all sectors of […]

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Nevada Bill Highlighting Economic Benefits Proposes 50% Renewables Portfolio by 2040

From the Northern Nevada Business Weekly: Nevada business owners said legislation introduced Monday night by in the Nevada Legislature would set the state up to become a regional and national clean energy leader. A bill introduced by Assemblyman Chris Brooks of Las Vegas would promote the state’s renewable energy economy and put more Nevadans to […]

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On the Blogs: Call for NYC Pension Funds Divestment

From CommonDreams.org: Over 100 New Yorkers rallied at Comptroller Scott Stringer’s office, delivering a divestment valentine with thousands of petition signatures urging the City’s pension funds to divest coal, oil and gas holdings. Mayor De Blasio expressed public support for a Seattle-like divestment of the City’s pension funds, cutting ties with the banks financing the […]

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