NewEnergyNews: QUICK NEWS, July 22: NEW ENERGY IS 70% OF 2015 NEW U.S. BUILD; SENATE FINANCE VOTE BACKS WIND INCENTIVE 23-3; SOLAR MONEY NEEDS STANDARDS

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YESTERDAY

  • Weekend Video: How To Win Friends For New Energy
  • Weekend Video: The Electric Vehicle Highway
  • Weekend Video: Wind And The Economy
  • THE DAY BEFORE

  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-A Deeper Look At The Heat
  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-Wind Gets Market Tough
  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-UK Gets Utility-Led Solar Plus Storage
  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-Germany’s VW Talking Its EV To China
  • THE DAY BEFORE THE DAY BEFORE

    THINGS-TO-THINK-ABOUT THURSDAY, April 20:

  • TTTA Thursday-U.S. Military Affirms Climate Change-War Link
  • TTTA Thursday-Solar Plus Hydro Drive Wholesale Power Cost Sub-Zero
  • TTTA Thursday-Wind Boom Goes On Growing Midwest Wealth
  • TTTA Thursday-More Kentucky Jobs In New Energy Than In Coal
  • THE DAY BEFORE THAT

  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: Rocky Mountain compromise: Inside Xcel's landmark Colorado solar settlement
  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: Fixed charge battle looms in Texas as regulators tackle rate design reform
  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: No time to think: How utilities are handling the deluge of grid data

    AND THE DAY BEFORE THAT

  • TODAY’S STUDY: Resource Diversity And Grid Reliability
  • QUICK NEWS, April 18: Study Puts 10-Year Timer On Climate Change; The War Between Wall Street And Solar; New Energy To Power Healthcare
  • THE LAST DAY UP HERE

  • TODAY’S STUDY: The Jobs In Wind And Solar
  • QUICK NEWS, April 17: The Work Ahead On Climate Change; More Installer Bids = Lower Home Solar Cost; Why Investors Should Still Think New Energy
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    Anne B. Butterfield of Daily Camera and Huffington Post, f is an occasional contributor to NewEnergyNews

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    Some of Anne's contributions:

  • Another Tipping Point: US Coal Supply Decline So Real Even West Virginia Concurs (REPORT), November 26, 2013
  • SOLAR FOR ME BUT NOT FOR THEE ~ Xcel's Push to Undermine Rooftop Solar, September 20, 2013
  • NEW BILLS AND NEW BIRDS in Colorado's recent session, May 20, 2013
  • Lies, damned lies and politicians (October 8, 2012)
  • Colorado's Elegant Solution to Fracking (April 23, 2012)
  • Shale Gas: From Geologic Bubble to Economic Bubble (March 15, 2012)
  • Taken for granted no more (February 5, 2012)
  • The Republican clown car circus (January 6, 2012)
  • Twenty-Somethings of Colorado With Skin in the Game (November 22, 2011)
  • Occupy, Xcel, and the Mother of All Cliffs (October 31, 2011)
  • Boulder Can Own Its Power With Distributed Generation (June 7, 2011)
  • The Plunging Cost of Renewables and Boulder's Energy Future (April 19, 2011)
  • Paddling Down the River Denial (January 12, 2011)
  • The Fox (News) That Jumped the Shark (December 16, 2010)
  • Click here for an archive of Butterfield columns

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  • TODAY AT NewEnergyNews, April 24:

  • TODAY’S STUDY: The Risk Of Natural Gas Vs. The Risk Of Wind
  • QUICK NEWS, April 24: The Health Impacts Of Climate Change; New Energy Is Everywhere; Study Shows LA Does Not Need Aliso Canyon

    Wednesday, July 22, 2015

    QUICK NEWS, July 22: NEW ENERGY IS 70% OF 2015 NEW U.S. BUILD; SENATE FINANCE VOTE BACKS WIND INCENTIVE 23-3; SOLAR MONEY NEEDS STANDARDS

    NEW ENERGY IS 70% OF 2015 NEW U.S. BUILD Mid-Year Report: 70% Of New U.S. Generating Capacity In First Half 2015 Is From Renewables…Wind + Biomass + Solar = 97% Of New Capacity In June

    Ken Bossong, June 22, 2015 (Sun Day)

    “…[R]enewable sources (i.e., biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar, wind) accounted for nearly 70% (69.75%) of new electrical generation placed in service in the United States during the first six months of 2015…[according to] the recently-released Energy Infrastructure Update…FERC reported no new capacity for the year-to-date from oil or nuclear power and just 3 MW from one unit of coal…For the month of June alone, wind (320 MW), biomass (95 MW), and solar (62 MW) provided 97% of new capacity with natural gas providing the balance (15 MW)…Renewable energy sources now account for 17.27% of total installed operating generating capacity in the U.S.: water - 8.61%, wind - 5.84%, biomass - 1.40%, solar - 1.08%, and geothermal steam - 0.34% (for comparison, renewables were 16.28% of capacity in June 2014 and 15.81% in June 2013)…” click here for more

    SENATE FINANCE VOTE BACKS WIND INCENTIVE 23-3 Senate committee votes 23-3 to extend federal tax credits…strong bipartisan support for American wind power, renewable energy tax incentives

    July 21, 2015 (American Wind Energy Association)

    “…[The U.S. Senate Finance Committee voted] overwhelmingly to extend over 50 tax policies through 2016, including the renewable energy Production Tax Credit (PTC) and Investment Tax Credit (ITC) that incentivize the building of more U.S. wind farms. The committee on a final vote of 23-3 reported out a ‘tax extenders’ bill preserving language that allows wind farms to qualify so long as they start construction while the tax credits are in place…Those credits expired at the start of this year, again throwing the future of American wind energy into doubt once projects currently under construction are completed… In 2013, after the renewable energy tax credits were allowed to expire even briefly, installations of new wind farms fell 92 percent, causing a loss of 30,000 jobs across the industry that year. After Congress renewed the PTC, the U.S. wind energy industry added 23,000 jobs the following year, bringing the total to 73,000 at the end of 2014…” click here for more

    SOLAR MONEY NEEDS STANDARDS Solar Energy Finance Association emerges on the scene

    Lea Lupkin, July 22, 2015 (GreenBiz)

    “...[Where solar] assets produce reliable cash flows, backed by the good credit of customers…[they] can be pooled and traded as liquid capital. In order to profit from this great opportunity for solar growth, investors and consumers demand standards and consistency from the industry…The Solar Energy Finance Association [SEFA] is one of several leaders shepherding in an era of solar standards…[and] the only association that focuses on solar distributed generation (DG) finance. Its flagship initiative involves overseeing [standard lease and power purchase agreement (PPA) contract documents]…The association consists of around 36 members and represents a majority of players in the market in terms of number of installations…[including] SolarCity, SunRun and Clean Power Finance…All of the major DG installers and facilitators in SEFA have adopted the standard contracts…[but] it will take a while to integrate across the businesses…” click here for more

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