NewEnergyNews: QUICK NEWS, August 5: BUFFET IOWA UTILITY TO BE 57% WIND; AZ POLS ATTACK SOLAR WITH REDUNDANT LAWS; UTILITY POWER IS BIG JEB BUSH DONOR

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YESTERDAY

  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-World Gets A Step Closer To Enforceable Climate Laws
  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-New Energy Ready To Power The World Future
  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-Sahara Sun Could Power The World
  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-World’s Biggest Offshore Wind Turbines Building Off UK Coast
  • THE DAY BEFORE

    THINGS-TO-THINK-ABOUT THURSDAY, September 22:

  • TTTA Thursday-Why Having Babies Could Be The Climate Change Answer
  • TTTA Thursday-Big Texas Wind Backed By Amazon
  • TTTA Thursday-Big Sun Sparkles In Nevada
  • TTTA Thursday-EV Racing Coming To The Streets Of Brooklyn
  • THE DAY BEFORE THE DAY BEFORE

  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: In The Wake Of The Massive Aliso Canyon Leak
  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: The Rise Of Distributed Energy Resources Goes On
  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: Community Solar Matures And Evolves
  • THE DAY BEFORE THAT

  • TODAY’S STUDY: A Snapshot Of U.S. Solar Right Now
  • QUICK NEWS, September 20: Survey Shows People Oppose Fossil Fuels; Solar Bargain Hits World Record; China In Record Wind Build Rate
  • AND THE DAY BEFORE THAT

  • TODAY’S STUDY: A Utility Puts Out Its Vision Of New Energy On A New Grid
  • QUICK NEWS, September 19: People Will Pay To Fight Climate Change; Wind To Keep Getting Cheaper; Tesla Batteries To Ease Aliso Cyn-Caused Power Shortfalls
  • THE LAST DAY UP HERE

  • Weekend Video: This Is Decade Zero But It’s Not Too Late
  • Weekend Video: U.S. Offshore Wind Gets Real
  • Weekend Video: Grid 3.0 And The New New Energy
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  • 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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  • WEEKEND VIDEOS, September 24:

  • Good News On Climate – The Public Is Starting To Get It
  • The Libertarian Failure On Climate Change
  • New Energy Is Doable – And Is Being Done

    Wednesday, August 05, 2015

    QUICK NEWS, August 5: BUFFET IOWA UTILITY TO BE 57% WIND; AZ POLS ATTACK SOLAR WITH REDUNDANT LAWS; UTILITY POWER IS BIG JEB BUSH DONOR

    BUFFET IOWA UTILITY TO BE 57% WIND MidAmerican aiming for 57 percent of energy from wind

    Donnelle Eller, July 27 2015 Des Moines Register

    Iowa’s MidAmerican Energy, the utility subsidiary of the Warren Buffett-owned Berkshire Hathaway Energy (BHE), is planning on obtaining up to 57% of its electricity from wind and is also planning to expand its generation capabilities into utility-scale solar power plants and community shared solar arrays…BHE just signed the White House’s American Business Act on Climate Pledge and committed to extend the fight against climate change along with Apple, Bank of America, Coca-Cola, General Motors, Goldman Sachs, Alcoa, Cargill, Google, Microsoft, PepsiCo, UPS, and Wal-Mart…MidAmerican has invested some $6 billion in wind energy since 2004 and has a $900 million 552 MW project awaiting approval from Iowa regulators that would take the utility’s installed renewables capacity to over 4,000 MW by 2017 and make it possible to get to the 57% wind target. click here for more

    AZ POLS ATTACK SOLAR WITH REDUNDANT LAWS Solar-Power Fight Hits Home in Arizona

    Cassandra Sweet, July 31, 2015 (Wall Street Journal)

    A new Arizona consumer protection law, SB 1465, will require increased clarification for homeowners from solar leasing companies…Solar companies say legislators were pushed by Arizona’s utilities to put the unnecessary protections in place to slow the rapid growth of rooftop solar in the state…A $93 per month lease with a 2.9% per year escalator allows a homeowner to have the benefits of solar for a total cost of about $30,000 over the 20 year contract life rather than paying $17,300 upfront…Solar leasing pioneer and sector leader SolarCity has suffered allegations of shoddy installations but has the Better Business Bureau’s A+ rating…For solar leasing, SolarCity General Counsel Seth Weissman said, there are 12 to 15 statutes. Regulation M under the Fair Trade Commission (FTC) governs solar leasing and car leasing…Selling solar systems with financing is governed by the Truth in Lending Act, Regulation Z. Uniform deceptive and unfair trade practices acts and FTC’s Fair Credit Reporting Act also regulate solar. click here for more

    UTILITY POWER IS BIG JEB BUSH DONOR Super PAC backing Bush received $1M from Florida power firm after he pushed for rate increase

    Jack Gillum and Ronnie Greene, August 3, 2015 AP

    National independent power producer NextEra Energy, parent of regulated utility Florida Power & Light (FP&L), the state’s biggest electricity provider, is the biggest corporate donor to Right to Rise, the political action committee (PAC) supporting the Jeb Bush campaign for the Republican Presidential nomination… NextEra donated over $1 million to the Bush super PAC in 2015. That does not include a $2,700 contribution from NextEra’s CEO. The Bush campaign denied this would create a conflict of interest…NextEra is currently engaged in federal regulatory proceedings pertaining to power plant emissions and recently warned shareholders about the costs of environmental law compliance…The 2010 Citizens United Supreme Court decision allows corporations and unions to make political contributions through super PACs like Right to Rise that do not coordinate with the candidates. click here for more

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