DC approves huge renewables expansion

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The Washington, D.C. city council has unanimously approved an ordinance that will more than double the city’s current renewable energy target. The city now aims to get 50 percent of its power from renewables by 2032. The measure creates incentives for 1,500 MW...
“Renewable energy development will continue to play a crucial role in creating new jobs and growing our economy. … It needs to be part of South Dakota’s answer to the nation’s future energy needs.”

– South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard, in an opinion piece extolling his state’s clean energy potential, particularly its wind resources

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The bankruptcy of coal producers like Peabody Energy and Arch Coal “means Colorado taxpayers and coal-impacted communities are getting less than they should at a time when the communities need it the most.”

– Earthjustice attorney Ted Zukoski, in response to Peabody failing to pay more than $1 million in taxes owed to Routt County, Colorado. Coal production in the state has fallen by half since 2004.

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“There can be a first mover advantage.”

– Economist Jonathan Hughes on the the competitive considerations for U.S. states around the Clean Power Plan.

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“We see this as the tool for energy democracy. We feel there should be local control of energy planning and decisions about where the supply should come from.”

– Ulster County, N.Y. legislator Jen Metzger, whose community is taking advantage of a program that allows cities, towns and villages to aggregate their electricity buying, boost the contractual share of renewable energy that customers receive and collectively lower utility rates.

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“The way DTE generates electricity will change as much in the next 10 years as any other period in our history.”

 – Gerry Anderson, chairman and CEO of Detroit-based DTE Energy, on his company’s plan to retire 11 aging coal-fired units built in the 1950s and 1960s with cleaner sources of energy generation.

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“Coal exports are now a sucker’s game, and the only investors who are still involved in the Millennium coal export terminal are the ones who can’t walk away.”

– Sightline Institute’s Clark Williams-Derry writing about bankrupt Arch Coal’s decision, after investing $57.5 million, to sign away its 38 percent share of the proposed Longview, Wash., coal facility for nothing in return.

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Wind replacing oil in N.D. energy boom

Wind replacing oil in N.D. energy boom

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While the oil boom in North Dakota may be over, wind energy is booming and officials see a bright future for even more development. Wind developers have installed more than 400 wind turbines in western North Dakota, and an additional 550 turbines are in the approval...
“Coal is hurting, but wind power is our bright spot on the horizon. Eventually, we could be the wind capital of Wyoming, the U.S., the world.”

– Cindy Wallace, director of the Carbon County (Wyo.) Economic Development Corp.

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“I can use the money I save for school tuition for my two children. Solar is affordable.”

– Franco Mulanda, a farmer in northern Rwanda, on the 40 percent cost-savings he realizes using solar.

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