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Md. House votes to override Hogan’s veto of stronger renewable-energy goals

Maryland’s House of Delegates voted 88 to 51 on Tuesday to override Gov. Larry Hogan’s veto of a bill calling for stronger renewable-energy standards, leaving the Democratic-majority legislature one key vote away from enacting the legislation without approval from the Republican chief executive.

The Senate, which passed the bill last year with a veto-proof majority, is expected to vote on overriding the veto on Thursday.

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Two-thirds of Americans give priority to developing alternative energy over fossil fuels

President Donald Trump is promising major changes on climate and energy policy, including efforts to increase production from fossil fuel energy sources such as coal. But a new Pew Research Center survey finds that 65% of Americans give priority to developing alternative energy sources, compared with 27% who would emphasize expanded production of fossil fuel sources.

Support for concentrating on alternative energy is up slightly since December 2014. At that time, 60% said developing alternative energy sources was the more important priority.

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Tesla will power its Gigafactory with a 70-megawatt solar farm

Tesla plans to power its Gigafactory in Nevada with a 70-megawatt solar farm, according to a company investor relations document obtained by Electrek. The document, which The Verge confirmed was genuine, was given to analysts at a tour of the Gigafactory last week. At the same time, Tesla announced that it had started production of battery cells at the facility.

The 70-megawatt solar array installation planned for the roof is the biggest news, and Tesla claims it will be seven times larger than the world’s next biggest rooftop solar installation. The plan is for the Gigafactory to not directly consume any fossil fuels, and for the solar installation to provide most of the power needed by the facility. Any excess power generated during the day will be stored by Tesla Powerpack power storage batteries for use at other times. It’s likely that the solar panels will be produced by SolarCity, which Tesla acquired late last year.

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640 companies to Trump: Stay the course on clean energy

A total of 640 businesses and investors sent a letter to President-elect Trump and Congress on Tuesday, strongly urging continued investment in the clean energy sector. The letter, coordinated by the nonprofit group Ceres, which works with investors and companies to promote sustainability, contains big tech names like Adobe, SalesForce, eBay, HP, SolarCity, Symantec and Tesla.

In addition, the list includes many skiing companies, which are worried about losing their business in a warming world, eco-aware retailers like Patagonia and Levi Strauss & Company.

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New York State Plans 2400 MW of Offshore Wind by 2030

In a stunning development for clean energy in New York State, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced today that New York plans to build enough offshore wind capacity by 2030 to power 1.25 million New York homes, starting with a 90-megawatt project 30 miles off Montauk on Long Island’s South Fork.

This new commitment to 2400 megawatts (MW) of offshore wind power came in his Long Island regional State of the State speech one day after he announced that the troubled Indian Point nuclear facility in Westchester County will close by 2021 and that the state plans to replace its power with clean energy and low-carbon energy resources.

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Report: Benefits of state renewable energy policies far outweigh costs

A new report from the national laboratories examined states’ renewable energy goals and found that, while renewables add costs, they more than make up for it in avoiding pollution and saving water.

For the first time, researchers from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory took a look at state renewable energy portfolios and projected their costs and benefits decades into the future, as far as 2050.

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In new QER, Moniz leaves path for Perry to follow at DOE

One by one, the heads of President Obama’s federal agencies are wrapping up their work, appearing wounded but resolute at final speeches across the city and laying out their wistful suggestions for the Trump administration in a series of exit memos. Obama himself plans to give his farewell speech this week in Chicago.

It all makes for a dour atmosphere in the nation’s capital, but outgoing Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz appeared comparatively upbeat for his curtain call last week.

Though it wasn’t billed as his final address, Friday’s release of the Department of Energy’s Quadrennial Energy Review (QER) was one of Moniz’s last significant acts at the agency’s he’s headed since 2013. The speech provided the MIT physicist with a platform to lay out critical electrical system issues for the incoming president and his DOE pick, former Texas governor Rick Perry, to address.

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The States Most Friendly to Rooftop Solar, Ranked

Solar research and advocacy group Solar Power Rocks released its 2017 ranking of the states most friendly to rooftop solar Friday, based on a compilation of state renewables policies and incentives. Massachusetts retained top honors, shaking off New York and New Jersey, which had split the gold three ways last year. Eleven states earned failing grades, with Oklahoma, Alabama and Mississippi rounding out the bottom three.

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Nissan, Honda Tease New EVs With Grid Services Capabilities

Less than a decade has passed since modern electric cars started coming to market, and already these vehicles are being asked to do much more than move people from point A to point B emissions-free.

Today, electric vehicles (EVs) are being equipped to drive autonomously, connect with a myriad of other devices and even read human emotions to provide an enhanced mobility experience. EVs are also changing their relationship with the electric grid.

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Clean-energy backers rally for override of Hogan veto

The sponsors of legislation that would increase the amount of energy Maryland utility customers get from renewable sources called Thursday on the General Assembly to override Gov. Larry Hogan's veto of that bill.

The legislature could consider overturning Hogan's veto as early as next week, when lawmakers gather in Annapolis for their annual 90-day session.

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