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Energy Efficiency, Commercial, Industrial, Solar, Sourcing Renewables, Wind  -  May 5, 2018

Weekend reads: DOE's $68M for vehicle research; U.S. now more RE-attractive

Kick back and relax with these must-read energy stories from around the web: 

Secretary of Energy Rick Perry Announces $68.5 Million for Advanced Vehicle Technologies Research (Energy.gov)  Today, U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry announced up to $68.5 million in available funding for early-stage research of advanced vehicle technologies that will enable more affordable mobility, strengthen domestic energy security, and enhance U.S. economic growth. “Transportation is fundamental to the American way of life,” said Secretary Perry. “Investing in early-stage research of advanced transportation technologies can give families and businesses greater choice in how they meet their mobility needs while reducing energy costs and making our transportation more efficient and reliable.”

Demand drives wind power development to new heights in first quarter of 2018 (AWEA)  Strong demand for affordable, reliable wind energy drove a busy first quarter for new U.S. wind farm announcements. Wind power’s low cost and stable energy prices motivated utility and non-utility customers to sign contracts for 3,500 megawatts (MW) of U.S. wind capacity in the first quarter of 2018, a high water mark in recent years, according to a new report released today by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). 

World Is Not on Track to Meet UN’s 2030 Sustainable Energy Goals (Inside Climate News)  The world's poorest countries are making progress toward the United Nations' sustainable energy goals, but not as quickly as development agencies had hoped, according to a new report from the UN, the World Health Organization and three other international agencies. Of the 1 billion people who lack access to electricity, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, only about a third will get it by 2030, they found, and more than 2 billion will still be cooking with unhealthy, polluting fuels.

U.S. Moving Back Up In Renewables Attractiveness Index (Solar Industry Magazine)  Overtaking India, the U.S. has climbed to second place in the latest renewable energy country attractiveness index (RECAI) issued by EY, a global provider of assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. The bi-annual RECAI ranks 40 countries on the attractiveness of their renewable energy investment and deployment opportunities. China has topped the latest RECAI for the third time consecutively, with both the U.S. and Germany overtaking India, which has fallen from second to fourth position. 

 Clean energy sector swings Republican with U.S. campaign donations (Reuters)  U.S. solar and wind energy companies have donated far more money to Republicans than Democrats in congressional races this election cycle, according to a Reuters analysis of campaign finance data, an unprecedented tilt to the right for an industry long associated with the environmental left. While the money is modest compared with that donated by fossil fuel interests, the support provides GOP candidates with added credibility on clean energy, an issue polling shows swing voters care about.

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