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Iowa’s North English Wind Project sold

Source: By Staff Reports, Des Moines Register • Posted: Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

Tradewind Energy- one of the largest independent wind and solar project development companies in the U.S. – announced the sale of the Iowa-based North English Wind Project to MidAmerican Energy Company. The North English Wind Project is located in Poweshiek County, Iowa. Construction has begun and will be comprised of up to170 Vestas 2.0 MW wind turbines, built on 36,000 acres of participating properties, and will interconnect to the existing Montezuma 345 kV substation. Once fully constructed, the project is expected to have a capacity of up to 340 megawatts (MW) of wind energ

New Path Eyed for High-Voltage Transmission Lines in Idaho

Source: By Keith Ridler, Associated Press • Posted: Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

Federal officials have released their latest analysis on proposed routes for two high-voltage transmission lines in southwestern Idaho intended to modernize the Pacific Northwest’s energy grid. The 183-page draft environmental assessment released by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management late last week covers two segments of the Gateway West project proposed by Idaho Power and Rocky Mountain Power.

China’s Technology Ambitions Could Upset the Global Trade Order

Source: By JANE PERLEZ, PAUL MOZUR and JONATHAN ANSFIELD, New York Times • Posted: Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

Under an ambitious plan unveiled two years ago called Made in China 2025, Beijing has designs to dominate cutting-edge technologies like advanced microchips, artificial intelligence and electric cars, among many others, in a decade. And China is enlisting some of the world’s biggest technology players in its push.

Wind and Solar Power Advance, but Carbon Refuses to Retreat

Source: By EDUARDO PORTER, New York Times • Posted: Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

Leaving aside President Trump’s past declarations that climate change is a hoax, there are heartening signs that the strategy may work: Global carbon-dioxide emissions have stopped rising. Coal use in China may have peaked. The price of wind turbines and solar panels is plummeting, putting renewable energy within the reach of meager budgets in the developing world.

U.S. Governors Head to Germany to Reassure Global Leaders of American Leadership on Climate Change

Source: By Ben Rubin, ClimateNexus • Posted: Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

Governors from the bipartisan U.S. Climate Alliance are travelling to Bonn, Germany this week for a meeting of the United Nations’ Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), to discuss their states’ continued commitment to global climate action. Alliance co-chairs California Gov. Jerry Brown and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and members Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe will convene a panel to discuss U.S. state-driven climate leadership, on Monday, November 13. This is the largest delegation of U.S. Governors ever to participate in an official UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP) meeting.

House Moves Ahead With Tax Bill as Pushback Mounts

Source: By JIM TANKERSLEY, ALAN RAPPEPORT and THOMAS KAPLAN, New York Times • Posted: Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

“What we are incurring is immense debt at immense cost to the American people just to benefit a handful of people at the top and some multinational corporations that don’t believe in paying their taxes,” said Representative Lloyd Doggett, Democrat of Texas. But the Democratic amendments went nowhere.

Groups push for energy incentives in upcoming Senate bill, House continues markup today

Source: Geof Koss and George Cahlink, E&E News reporters • Posted: Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

During a broad denunciation of the legislation, Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) estimated the changes to PTC and ITC renewables threaten $50 billion in investments, as he ticked off projects in the home states of Midwest Republicans on the panel. “Why would we put at risk a billion and a half in South Dakota? Why would we put at risk almost $11 billion in Texas? Why would we put at risk almost a billion and a half in Kansas?” he asked. “Fifty thousand jobs are at risk because people took Congress at its word.”

GOP Senators Say Wind Tax Credit Is Safe in Their Tax Overhaul

Source: By Ari Natter, Bloomberg • Posted: Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

Republican members of the Senate Finance Committee said they oppose a move by their colleagues in the House of Representatives to scale back the wind production tax credit. “We think that issue has been dealt with,” South Dakota Senator John Thune, the Senate’s No. 3 ranking Republican, said in an interview. “There may be folks who would like to follow the House approach, but I don’t think that’s what we are going to able to do over here.”

Why the Car After Your Next Car Will Be an Electric: QuickTake

Source: By John Lippert, Bloomberg • Posted: Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

Around the globe, automakers and governments are betting big on electric cars. Plans to limit climate change count on getting more carbon-burning vehicles off the road. The transformation projected is enormous: by 2040, Bloomberg New Energy Finance estimates there will be 530 million electric vehicles in use.

Gina McCarthy now a Harvard professor

Source: Kevin Bogardus, E&E News reporter • Posted: Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

Former U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy is now a Harvard University professor. McCarthy was appointed Wednesday to the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s primary faculty, where she is a public health professor in its environmental health department. She’ll also serve as the director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment beginning Jan. 1.