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Trump, still in search of energy dominance

Source: Peter Behr and Pamela King, E&E News reporters • Posted: Thursday, November 9th, 2017

The drivers for the current surge in U.S. fossil fuels are not Trump’s “America First” policies. Key factors are the decadelong fracking revolution; a bipartisan green light from Congress in 2015 permitting U.S. crude oil exports, ending a 40-year ban; a 2016 agreement among Russia, Saudi Arabia and other OPEC producers to push up crude oil prices with production curbs that put more U.S. production in the money; and big investments to upgrade the competitiveness of U.S. refinery exports. New liquefied natural gas terminals and pipeline infrastructure now coming online have also been years in the making.

North Carolina ‘wind maps’ process won’t be open to public

Source: By Elizabeth Ouzts, Southeast Energy News • Posted: Thursday, November 9th, 2017

A North Carolina agency produced a set of maps in 2016 outlining military activities in the state; advocates say this and other existing provisions already prevent conflicts with wind turbine siting. In the latest chapter in a years-long controversy, the North Carolina General Assembly has moved a step closer to a controversial suite of maps that could determine the future of wind energy in the state.

Gov. Jerry Brown and European Union leaders agree to work to combat climate change

Source: By Catherine Stupp, Los Angeles Times • Posted: Thursday, November 9th, 2017

California and the European Union will discuss the possibility of creating a common carbon market to cut greenhouse gas emissions, another sign of the state assuming a global role in the fight against climate change. Gov. Jerry Brown announced the move Tuesday in Brussels after meeting with Miguel Arias Cañete, the European Union commissioner in charge of climate action and energy, and other EU leaders to discuss how California and the region could work together to combat climate change, which Brown called an “existential crisis.”

Election boost for NJ offshore

Source: By Renewable Energy News • Posted: Thursday, November 9th, 2017

New Jersey has elected Phil Murphy as its next governor, raising prospects for a significant boost for the offshore wind sector. Murphy has pledged to develop 3.5GW by 2030 and enact a mandate for the state to be 100% powered by renewables by 2050.

Greens, Dems see policy opportunities after big wins

Source: Nick Sobczyk, E&E News reporter • Posted: Thursday, November 9th, 2017

Environmentalists and Democrats did their victory laps yesterday. Their preferred candidates prevailed in statewide elections in Virginia and New Jersey, as well as key races in Washington state, a feat that they say demonstrates the depth of voter concern about clean energy and the changing climate.

Election Winners Promise Climate Action in Coast-to-Coast Pushback on Trump

Source: BY PHIL MCKENNA, Inside Climate News • Posted: Thursday, November 9th, 2017

Tuesday’s election results came as governors from California, Washington, Oregon, and Virginia traveled to Germany for United Nation’s climate negotiations to discuss their states’ continued commitment to global climate action. “The realities we are facing now as a result of climate change and the frustrating and frankly inexplicable climate denial under the Trump administration are really driving states and regions and cities, to double down in a way that we have never seen,” Jackson Morris, Natural Resources Defense Council director of Eastern Energy said.

Lamborghini Unveils a Self-Healing, Electric Supercar

Source: By Sara Clemence, Bloomberg • Posted: Thursday, November 9th, 2017

The next generation of Lamborghinis could act as their own super-powered batteries and be able to repair themselves. Automobili Lamborghini Spa unveiled its Terzo Millennio (“third millennium”) concept car at the EmTech conference in Cambridge, Mass., on Monday. The car is the product of the first 12 months of a three-year partnership between the automaker and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Fate of renewables credits uncertain in House Committee

Source: Geof Koss, E&E News reporter • Posted: Thursday, November 9th, 2017

The Governors’ Wind and Solar Energy Coalition yesterday urged Ways and Means leaders to rethink the House bill’s treatment of the two credits, noting that the 2015 deal “has spurred important private investment and job creation in our states. The terms of H.R. 1 would put that economic activity at risk, and would hurt families,” wrote Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo (D) and South Dakota GOP Gov. Dennis Daugaard to Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas) and ranking member Richard Neal (D-Mass.).

GOP Senators May Blow Away Changes to Wind Credit: BGOV Energy

Source: By Mark Drajem and Ari Natter, Bloomberg Government • Posted: Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

The House plan to cut the wind energy tax credit may have been dealt a fatal blow as three Republicans on the Senate Finance Committee have come out against the idea. Nevada Senator Dean Heller said he didn’t support it and Senator John Thune of South Dakota said he plans to stick to the terms of a 2015 agreement to phase out the incentive.

Why Is America Wasting So Much Energy?

Source: By TERRY SOBOLEWSKI and RALPH CAVANAGH, New York Times • Posted: Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

Partisan fights in Washington can leave the impression that we’re hopelessly divided. The truth is there are plenty of bipartisan solutions to the energy and environmental challenges we face, and energy efficiency is near the top of the list. America fails to capture some two-thirds of the power it generates, much of it through simple waste, according to federal data. In a recent survey, the United States was ranked eighth among 23 of the world’s top energy-consuming countries in efficiency, behind several European nations, China and Japan.