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Midlands Voices: Nebraska should embrace EPA’s Clean Power Plan

By Duane Hovorka, Omaha World-Herald / Opinion. The writer is executive director of the Nebraska Wildlife Federation.

Duane HovorkaThe Clean Power Plan sets a very achievable goal for Nebraska: reduce carbon pollution from power plants by about 2 percent per year over the next 15 years . . . Rather than wait for the courts to act, Nebraska should move ahead to craft a state plan to expand the use of energy conservation, increase wind and solar power, and phase out polluting coal power plants. The result would be cleaner air, affordable electricity and expanded jobs for our state.
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After Paris, utilities look to deeper decarbonization

Central City Solar Development. Photo Credit: Cliff Mesner

Central City Solar Development. Photo Credit: Cliff Mesner

By Gavin Bade, Utility Dive

Before the Paris climate talks kicked off, Rachel Cleetus, lead economist at the Union of Concerned Scientists, had a message for utilities: Pay attention to the long-term decarbonization goals because they will shape your investments today.

The idea is that even if an investment, like a gas plant or a pipeline, looks good in today’s regulatory environment, utilities need to think about where policy and regulation will likely move in the future. Because power sector assets generally last for decades, the decisions that utilities make today will shape their abilities to decarbonize years down the line . . . “If you become part of the solution — if you move early toward a cleaner energy mix — that’s going to put you in a more profitable and more responsible business frame.”

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Based on an agreement between AEP Ohio and the Sierra Club announced Tuesday, the major electric utility could help Appalachian Ohio become a renewable-energy manufacturing hub for the entire state, producing enough solar energy to possibly more than quadruple the current capacity of solar installations in Ohio.

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NPR News: Wind Power Continues Steady Growth Across The U.S.
Michael Goggin, senior director of research at the American Wind Energy Association, says the wind industry is on-track to meet a plan laid out by the U.S. Department of Energy to generate a fifth of the country’s electricity by 2030.

reNews.biz: US wind tops 70GW
AWEA chief executive officer Tom Kiernan said: “This American wind power success story just gets better. There’s now enough wind power installed to meet the equivalent of total electricity demand in Oklahoma, Nebraska, Kansas, Colorado and Wyoming.”

3 Ways the Clean Power Plan Will Strengthen Our Economy

By Jim Marston, Vice President, Clean Energy, Environmental Defense Fund
Contributor to Forbes News

Photo: Duke Energy

Photo: Duke Energy

Excerpt:
EPA’s Clean Power Plan provides states with tremendous flexibility in deciding how to achieve their emission reduction targets, in ways that build upon our already-thriving clean energy economy. Most states have already taken great strides towards meeting the Clean Power Plan’s targets, making them well-positioned to meet regulations by the newly-extended 2022 deadline. Whether a state’s economy thrives is a matter of the choices by state policy makers.

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