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Renewable energy industry news roundup: Feb. 21–28, 2016

Groups urge NYC mayor to ramp up offshore wind development, Bill Gates joins in on the climate change conversation and MIT researchers create citywide building energy model. Read these stories and more in this week's news roundup:

MIT researchers create citywide building energy model for Boston

The City of Boston now has a powerful new tool for planning its energy future, thanks to pioneering work done by researchers at the MIT Sustainable Design Lab (SDL) and the MIT Lincoln Laboratory, in collaboration with the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA).

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Mayor de Blasio called on to bring offshore wind to NYC

More than 150 New Yorkers recently joined community groups, environmental justice leaders, national environmental organizations and local officials on the steps of City Hall in New York City to thank Mayor Bill de Blasio for his commitment to power 100% of city operations with renewable energy, as well as urge him to ensure offshore wind power plays a major role in achieving that goal.

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Bill Gates on Climate Change

The Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist penned a letter with his wife about why children are our energy future. It tackles heady subjects with the billionaire's usual optimistically sober tone. Unlike letters past, Gates aimed this year's missive at teenagers instead of adults, arguing they're our best shot at solving the world's energy crisis.

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Grid operators across central US report all-time highs for wind energy

A flurry of construction of new wind power facilities led electric grid operators for Texas, the Great Plains and much of the Midwest to each report record-setting amounts of wind energy within several days of each other.

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