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Carper asks Trump to rethink policies in storms’ wake

Source: Arianna Skibell, E&E News reporter • Posted: Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee’s top Democrat is urging President Trump to reinstate federal climate policies after Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Delaware Sen. Tom Carper asked Trump to reconsider recently revoked or weakened initiatives aimed at helping communities prepare for extreme weather and other climate-change-related effects.

Hurricane Irma Linked to Climate Change? For Some, a Very ‘Insensitive’ Question

Source: By LISA FRIEDMAN, New York Times • Posted: Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

“This is the time to talk about climate change. This is the time that the president and the E.P.A. and whoever makes decisions needs to talk about climate change,” the mayor of Miami told the Miami Herald. “If this isn’t climate change, I don’t know what is. This is a truly, truly poster child for what is to come.”

California is aiming for 100% clean energy. How much of it will come from Wyoming wind?

Source: By Sammy Roth, The Desert Sun • Posted: Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

State lawmakers are hammering out a bill that would pave the way for California to import more wind energy from Wyoming and export more solar power to other western states, potentially saving homes and businesses billions of dollars on their electric bills.

Senate to debate role of national labs

Source: Christa Marshall, E&E News reporter • Posted: Monday, September 11th, 2017

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy will hold an oversight hearing this week on fostering innovation at the national laboratories, which have been under scrutiny because of proposed budget cuts by President Trump. The White House asked for a nearly $1 billion fiscal 2018 cut in DOE’s Office of Science, which oversees the majority of the national labs.

Industry, govt. heavyweights to brief lawmakers on grid study

Source: Sam Mintz, E&E News reporter • Posted: Monday, September 11th, 2017

Major players from the energy industry and the federal government are scheduled to testify this week at a House hearing on electric grid reliability and the Department of Energy’s recent study on the issue. Almost every major energy technology is represented on the witness list, with appearances scheduled from leaders in the coal, solar, oil, wind, nuclear, hydropower and energy storage sectors. The headline is Neil Chatterjee, the recently installed chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, who will be making his first official appearance on the Hill as a representative of the agency.

Op-Ed:Rick Perry went looking for a reason to bail out coal and came back empty

Source: By Susan Tierney, The Hill • Posted: Monday, September 11th, 2017

When Energy Secretary Rick Perry ordered a study back in April to examine the “premature retirement” of “baseload” coal and nuclear plants, the writing seemed to be on the wall: presumably, the administration would use the study to claim that renewable energy is undermining the reliability of the grid, justify the rollback of incentives and environmental protections and then prop up coal.

Minnesota jobs related to clean energy have grown more than 5 percent

Source: By Mike Hughlet, Minneapolis Star Tribune • Posted: Monday, September 11th, 2017

Jobs related to clean energy in Minnesota have grown 5.3 percent over the past year and now number 57,351, with the highest concentration in energy efficiency, according to a study released Thursday by a clean energy group.

N.C. Takes First Step Toward ‘Unnecessary’ Study Regarding Wind Moratorium

Source: By North American Wind Power • Posted: Monday, September 11th, 2017

In relation to North Carolina’s 18-month moratorium on the issuance of new permits for wind projects, the state’s General Assembly has issued a request for proposals (RFP) to begin a study of military operations in order to determine the placement of wind facilities – a study the NC Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA) calls unnecessary and redundant.

U.S. solar installations rise despite drop in residential market

By Nichola Groom, Reuters • Posted: Monday, September 11th, 2017

U.S. solar installations rose 8 percent in the second quarter as robust utility demand offset a sharp pullback in residential rooftop systems, according to an industry report published on Monday. The industry installed 2.39 gigawatts of photovoltaic solar, up from 2.2 GW a year ago, the report by GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association said. Utility projects accounted for 58 percent of the total.

China’s Electric Car Push Lures Global Auto Giants, Despite Risks

Source: By KEITH BRADSHER, New York Times • Posted: Monday, September 11th, 2017

Global automakers see the future of electric cars, and it looks Chinese. The biggest players are shifting crucial scientific and design work to China as the country invests heavily in car-charging stations and research and pushes automakers to embrace battery-powered vehicles. China underscored that ambition over the weekend, when it said it would eventually ban the sale of gasoline- and diesel-powered cars at an unspecified date. But the auto industry’s response — moving electric car design and production to China — represents a big risk.