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Growth ‘windustry’: Big wind projects coming together in Dixon, Wayne counties

By Mason Dockter, Sioux City Journal

WAKEFIELD, Neb. — A massive wind project is taking shape in Dixon County, Nebraska, and plans are underway for another large wind project in neighboring Wayne County.  In Dixon County, northeast of Wakefield, Enel Green Power North America Inc. is constructing $430 million Rattlesnake Creek Wind Project . . . Meanwhile, in Wayne County, Chicago-based Lincoln Clean Energy is drafting plans for its 20,000-acre Plum Creek Wind Project near Winside. Philip Moore, vice president of development with Lincoln Clean Energy, said that construction on the project may commence sometime in the summer 2019. The turbines should be up and running by 2020. Read the entire article here.

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Exxon Seeks Wind, Solar Power Delivery in Texas, Bloomberg
Exxon, based in Irving, Texas, is seeking at least 100 megawatts and would consider proposals for more than 250 megawatts. “I have never seen an oil and gas company doing a corporate PPA anywhere near that size,” said Kyle Harrison, a New York-based analyst at Bloomberg NEF, referring to the power-purchase agreements used to buy electricity. “If you’re seeing the biggest oil and gas companies going out and making investments in clean energy, it shows that renewables are cost-competitive. This can be a way for them to show a commitment to sustainability without suffering economically.”

Kevin Rabinovitch, Mars: “Every Movement Needs A Group Of First Movers And We Believed We Had The Capability To Step Up”

As a new RE100 leadership paper sets out guidance for companies everywhere to show leadership on renewable electricity, The Climate Group talks to Kevin Rabinovitch, Global Vice President of Sustainability, Mars  – the first US company to step up and join RE100, back in 2014. Continue reading here.

RE100 Guide for Corporate Suppliers
When RE100 reached its 100 members milestone one year ago, the nonprofit called on companies to engage their suppliers on renewable energy and produced a guide on how it’s done.

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ENERGY LOBBYING NEWS

Fossil interests, utilities spend almost 10x more than renewables industries on lobbying

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Solar Power to Help Provide 50K Meals Annually to the Lawrence Community
By Tom Duggan, The Valley Patriot

Bread & Roses, a community kitchen in the heart of Lawrence, Massachusetts, is keeping their energy local with their new solar panels installed by ReVision Energy from North Andover. The solar array, completed this past month, is a 6.7-kilowatt system consisting of 46 rooftop panels that will generate approximately 23,000 kilowatt hours per year while also offsetting 24,000 pounds of carbon pollution annually. ReVision Energy, an employee-owned company, was excited to partner with the local non-profit in an effort to transition away from fossil fuels and towards more socially-conscious, sustainable energy.

Facebook likes clean energy as corporate purchasing sets record

By Max Hall, PV Magazine

The social media titan is the world’s biggest corporate buyer of renewable energy so far this year. BNEF figures show the company has already secured 1.1 GW of green power this year, helping the corporate world break last year’s landmark.

The report also notes telecommunications companies and manufacturers are joining the clean energy transition and that businesses are pooling their power requirements, with the result small enterprises can also get involved. Read more here.

About RE100 referenced in Hall’s article:
RE100 is a collaborative, global initiative uniting more than 100 influential businesses committed to 100% renewable electricity, working to massively increase demand for – and delivery of – renewable energy. RE100 is brought to you by The Climate Group in partnership with CDP. Both organizations are part of the We Mean Business coalition, working with leading businesses around the world.

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Over 5,500 churches in the UK embrace renewable energy, CNBC
“Climate change is one of the great moral challenges of our time and so it’s fantastic to see churches doing their bit to ensure they reduce their impact on the environment,” the Bishop of Salisbury, Nicholas Holtam, said in a statement.

Solar Is Saving Low-Income Households Money in Colorado. It Could Be a National Model.

By Dan Gearing, Inside Climate News

Colorado is emerging as a national model for how to expand renewable energy to low-income homes. The state has been pursuing low-income solar programs since 2015, and it’s on track to have 20 megawatts installed by the end of 2019 as those programs ramp up. The total is the combination of several programs that, working with utilities and charitable organizations, provide rooftop installations and community solar arrays to help customers save money. One key to Colorado’s success is that much of the rooftop solar work is being run by county and regional weatherization offices that already provide insulation and other energy efficiency services. Read more here.

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New Wind Farm Activity In Missouri Shows How States Can Leapfrog Over Natural Gas

By Tina Casey, CleanTechnica

Natural gas has been the fuel of choice to replace the aging fleet of coal power plants in the US, but lately renewables have been flexing their muscles, too. In the latest development, the energy company Ameren is counting on the acquisition of a new 400-megawatt wind farm in Missouri to help fill the void left by a slew of upcoming coal power plant retirements.
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