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June 1, 2016

Renewable energy surges to record levels around the world

By Matt McGrath, Environment correspondent, BBC  •    •  Posted 2016-06-01 06:44:28

China, the US, Japan, UK and India were the countries adding on the largest share of green power, despite the fact that fossil fuel prices have fallen significantly. The costs of renewables have also fallen, say the authors. “The fact that we had 147GW of capacity, mainly of wind and solar is a clear indication that these technologies are cost competitive (with fossil fuels),” said Christine Lins, who is executive secretary of REN21, an international body made up of energy experts, government representatives and NGOs, who produced the report. [ read more … ]

Offshore wind is almost a go, but challenges remain

Daniel Cusick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-06-01 06:45:00

The first offshore wind farm in the United States is set to begin delivering power to Rhode Island’s electricity grid by year’s end, a milestone that could help reshape energy markets from New England to South Florida, experts say. But for U.S. offshore wind power to achieve its full potential, as much as 4 gigawatts of capacity, it will need a major influx of capital and know-how, much of which will come from Europe, where the technology has a 25-year performance record and now accounts for 11 GW of generation capacity on the continent. [ read more … ]

Appeals court rips BLM review of contested Ore. wind project

Scott Streater, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-06-01 06:48:02

A federal appeals court has ruled that the Bureau of Land Management’s review of a controversial wind power project in southeast Oregon “did not adequately address impacts to the greater sage grouse,” throwing the future of the project BLM approved nearly five years ago into doubt. The 25-page ruling issued yesterday by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals adds more fuel for critics who say the Obama administration has rushed to approve wind, solar and other renewable energy projects without properly analyzing impacts to wildlife and other resources. [ read more … ]

Republican governor in Md. proves unpredictable on climate policy

Elizabeth Harball, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-06-01 06:45:41

Maryland’s Republican governor Friday gave his state’s climate policy supporters a case of whiplash, vetoing renewable portfolio standard legislation two months after he signed into law one of the most ambitious greenhouse gas reduction targets in the nation. State Sen. Paul Pinsky (D), who sponsored the measure and sits on the Maryland Commission on Climate Change, said “there’s a fair chance” the Maryland General Assembly could override the veto when it reconvenes in January. [ read more … ]

AWEA Fact-Checks Donald Trump’s Recent Wind Energy Comments

By Mark Del Franco, North American Wind Power  •    •  Posted 2016-06-01 06:43:52

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is accustomed to making sweeping, all-encompassing general statements across a wide array of subjects. However, the candidate seldom substantiates the statements with specifics. And when Trump recently appeared before an oil industry group in North Dakota, his remarks were the closest thing yet resembling an official energy policy. [ read more … ]

Comment: Donald Trump’s dangerous, nonsensical energy plan

By Washington Post Editorial Board  •    •  Posted 2016-06-01 06:43:25

Mr. Trump’s vision on energy, as on almost everything, starts with the premise that the country’s politicians have sold out the American people. President Obama has “done everything he can to keep us dependent on others,” he argued, with a policy of “death by a thousand cuts through an onslaught of regulations” on oil, gas and coal. Mr. Trump’s headline policy is “complete American energy independence” by “lifting these draconian barriers” so that “we are no longer at the mercy of global markets.” [ read more … ]

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