DOE solar initiative nails price goal, considers expansion

Source: Christa Marshall, E&E News reporter • Posted: Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

A Department of Energy solar program targeted for budget cuts announced today it has reached a landmark cost reduction goal and will expand its focus. With its 2020 target of seeing costs drop achieved, the SunShot Initiative said it will also look to “critical challenges” such as fortifying the electric grid.

Delaware establishes Offshore Wind Working Group

Source: By Michelle Froese, Wind Power Engineering • Posted: Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

“We as a nation share the responsibility to ensure that energy decisions do not exacerbate the problems associated with climate change that are already being witnessed,” said Governor Carney, in the letter to Secretary Zinke. “The State of Delaware stands firm in its commitment to alternative energy development, and has prioritized working with neighboring states to develop a comprehensive strategy that will maximize the environmental and economic development benefits of adopting renewable energy.”

Gov. Carney wants to revisit offshore wind in Delaware

Source: By Scott Goss, The News Journal • Posted: Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

Delaware is once again pushing to have wind turbines built off its shores, reviving a debate that had gone quiet for several years. Gov. John Carney signed an executive order Monday to create a “working group” tasked with studying the issue and recommending steps the First State can take to get an offshore wind project underway.

Security council adds energy staff ahead of N.Y. climate talk

Source: Hannah Northey, E&E News reporter • Posted: Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

The White House is deepening its energy ranks and planning to host a discussion next week on climate and energy issues in New York. The Trump administration is in the process of bringing on board officials from the State Department, Energy Department and other agencies to oversee energy and environmental issues on the National Security Council, according to a White House official.

Top White House Official to Discuss Climate Change at U.N.

Source: By LISA FRIEDMANS, New York Times • Posted: Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

The breakfast in New York next Monday will be held against a backdrop of devastation in the United States and the Caribbean from two monster hurricanes that scientists say may have been made more ferocious by warming trends. It also comes as the Trump administration is navigating an uncertain position in the international climate change negotiations, having declared it will withdraw from the global Paris agreement while also telling nations it remains open to continued discussions.

UK offshore wind power cheaper than new nuclear

Source: By Roger Harrabin, BBC • Posted: Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

Energy from offshore wind in the UK will be cheaper than electricity from new nuclear power for the first time. The cost of subsidies for new offshore wind farms has halved since the last 2015 auction for clean energy projects

Draft environmental report for Lake Erie offshore wind project is promising

Source: By Kathiann M. Kowalski, Midwst Energy News • Posted: Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

Environmental studies so far have found little potential impact from a proposed offshore wind farm in Lake Erie near Cleveland. A draft Department of Energy report shows mainly minor or negligible short-term impacts from a plan to construct and operate six wind turbines approximately eight miles offshore of Cleveland.

Second phase of North Dakota wind farm approved

Source: By John Hageman, Inforum • Posted: Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

The North Dakota Public Service Commission approved its final permit Wednesday, Sept. 6, for a wind farm northeast of Valley City. The three-member commission unanimously approved a siting permit for the second phase of the Glacier Ridge Wind Farm, Chairman Randy Christmann said. In total, the PSC authorized the construction of up to 87 turbines producing 300.15 megawatts on roughly 25,000 acres. The project is estimated to cost $375 million

5 AGs sue over Trump delaying higher fines for automakers

Source: Camille von Kaenel, E&E News reporter • Posted: Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

Five state attorneys general sued the Trump administration today for delaying higher penalties for automakers that don’t meet fuel economy targets. The lawsuit asks the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to throw out the decision by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to indefinitely delay an Obama-era rule tripling penalties for automakers.

Taking climate change ‘seriously,’ but ‘not the cause of it’

Source: Christa Marshall, E&E News reporter • Posted: Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

With the U.S. reeling from two major hurricanes in as many weeks, the White House said today it’s taking climate change “seriously,” even if it is not considering its cause. Asked by reporters whether Hurricanes Harvey and Irma had given the White House pause about its positions on global warming, Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert answered that “causality” of climate change was beyond his area of expertise.