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US OKs offshore wind research facility off Virginia’s coast

Offshore wind energy farm. (Image: Håkan Dahlström via Flickr)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The development of offshore wind farms took another halting step forward Thursday with the federal approval of a research facility off Virginia’s coast to test wind turbines in a harsh open seas environment. The decision clears the way for the construction of two 6-megawatt turbines 27 miles off Virginia Beach on the outer continental shelf, Bureau ...

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Developing world overtakes West in renewables investments

Developing world overtakes West in renewables investments

STOCKHOLM (AP) — A U.N.-backed report says global investments in solar, wind and other sources of renewable energy reached a record $286 billion last year. For the first time the developing world accounted for the majority. The United Nations Environment Program on Thursday said renewable investments in developing countries jumped 19 percent to $156 billion in 2015, with $103 billion ...

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McConnell: Obama climate plan hinges on next president

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A Supreme Court ruling that delays a key element of President Barack Obama’s strategy to fight climate change will likely push a final decision on the issue to the next president, the Senate’s Republican leader said this week as he urged the nation’s 50 governors to continue a “wait-and-see” approach on Obama’s plan. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell ...

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Sandoval aide: Nevada’s clean energy reputation is damaged

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — A top aide to Gov. Brian Sandoval acknowledged this week that Nevada’s reputation on renewable energy has been damaged in light of a recent rooftop solar rate hike, and the state needs to show the world again that it’s committed to clean energy. Sandoval’s Chief Strategy Officer Dale Erquiaga made the comments at the first meeting of ...

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Leonardo DiCaprio says China can be ‘climate change hero’

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio, right, stands next to a hostess holding a paper bearing the Chinese characters which wrote by him during a news conference of the movie "The Revenant" at a hotel in Beijing, Sunday, March 20, 2016. DiCaprio has praised China's work to combat climate change and says he believes the world's largest emitter of greenhouse gases could be "the hero of the environmental movement." (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

BEIJING (AP) — Leonardo DiCaprio praised China’s work to combat climate change on a trip to Beijing on Sunday, and said he believes the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases could be “the hero of the environmental movement.” The actor and environmentalist, who called for action to combat climate change during his Oscar acceptance speech last month, praised China’s shift ...

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Wind power vs bats: Some species may better absorb losses

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — Scientists who analyzed the DNA of bats killed by wind turbines say some species may be better able to absorb losses than others, which one of the researchers said Thursday could lead to more environmentally sensitive siting of wind-power projects. The study, published online by the science journal Ecological Applications, is the first to use genetic ...

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80k acres off Long Island coast dedicated for wind energy

View of an offshore wind energy farm at sunset. (Image: Aaron via Flickr)

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal officials on Wednesday dedicated more than 125 square miles in the waters off the coast of Long Island for the development of commercial wind energy, pushing forward a renewable energy proposal initially created by New York utilities. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said the state has “tremendous” offshore wind potential. “Today’s milestone marks another important step ...

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Climate chief expects 80-100 signatures on landmark treaty

United Nations Headquarters. (Image: United Nations Photo)

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The official in charge of global climate negotiations says between 80 and 100 countries are expected to sign the landmark agreement to tackle climate change reached in Paris in December at a ceremony at U.N. headquarters on April 22. Segolene Royal, French environment minister and newly-appointed president of U.N.-led climate negotiations, said Friday that more than ...

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Hawaii lawmakers push bill to make renewable energy on Maui

Haleakala summit in Maui, Hawaii. (Image: Jason Carpenter via Flickr)

HONOLULU (AP) — Driven by high fuel prices and a goal to use only renewable energy in Hawaii by 2045, state lawmakers are pushing a bill to help a local business produce clean fuel. State lawmakers considered a bill Thursday to allow the state to issue $30 million in bonds to a company to produce renewable energy on Maui. The ...

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Feds invest nearly $7M in small business to boost clean tech

A team of SFU student researchers is at work at Ballard Power Systems in Burnaby carrying out tests to improve fuel cell durability. The study aims to make fuel-cell buses competitive with diesel hybrids. (Image: Simon Fraser University via Flickr)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The federal government is investing nearly $7 million in 33 small businesses across the country to build partnerships with national laboratories in hopes of speeding up development of clean energy technology, the U.S. Department of Energy announced Thursday. The selected businesses represent only a fraction of the hundreds that applied to participate in the first round ...

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