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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

November 16, 2016

France, U.N. tell Trump action on climate change unstoppable

By Nina Chestney and Alister Doyle, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2016-11-16 04:32:42

France and the United Nations on Tuesday stepped up warnings to U.S. President-elect Donald Trump about the risks of quitting a 2015 global plan to combat climate change, saying a historic shift from fossil fuels is unstoppable French President Francois Hollande, addressing almost 200 nations meeting in Morocco on ways to slow global warming, said that inaction would be “disastrous for future generations and it would be dangerous for peace”. [ read more … ]

Trump’s Impact on Clean-Energy Businesses

By Peter Fairley, MIT Technology Review  •    •  Posted 2016-11-16 04:33:22

The tax incentives were extended by the Republican-controlled Congress in December 2015 with bipartisan support. “The renewable-energy tax credits are pretty firmly in place,” says Rob Gramlich, senior vice president of government and public affairs at the American Wind Energy Association, an industry trade group. In August, Senator Charles Grassley, an Iowa Republican, vowed to protect the wind tax credit if Trump became president and tried to scrap it. “If he wants to do away with it, he’ll have to get a bill through Congress, and he’ll do it over my dead body,” Grassley said. [ read more … ]

DOE, EPA wait for Trump’s team

  •    •  Posted 2016-11-16 04:33:42

Energy and environmental agencies are gearing up for a massive power shift between the Obama and Trump administrations. In an email sent to U.S. EPA staff Thursday and obtained by E&E News, Chief of Staff Matt Fritz said EPA has been preparing for months to ensure a “smooth, seamless and efficient” transition as it gets ready for the imminent arrival of President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team. [ read more … ]

Green groups petition to bar Ebell from EPA

Camille von Kaenel, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-11-16 04:34:27

More than 57,000 people have signed a petition asking the White House to prevent Myron Ebell from leading the transition team for President-elect Donald Trump’s U.S. EPA. The White House has agreed to provide an official written response to the We the People petition within 60 days if it gets 100,000 signatures by Dec. 9. [ read more … ]

Ark. wades into net-metering debate

Edward Klump, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-11-16 04:34:45

The state-by-state tussle over rooftop solar has arrived in Arkansas, where the future of net metering will play out over the next 12 to 18 months. State lawmakers got the ball rolling last year when they passed legislation to adjust aspects of Arkansas’ net-metering regime, which uses a retail rate to credit customers for excess power sent to the grid. The Arkansas Public Service Commission (PSC) is now working through a two-part proceeding on the matter.
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Canada PM says to stick to carbon price plan despite Trump win

By David Ljunggren, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2016-11-16 04:32:18

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Thursday indicated he would stick to plans for a national price on carbon despite the U.S. election win of Donald Trump, who opposes measures to fight climate change. If Trump walks away from international agreements to cut greenhouse gases, the carbon price could add to Canadian firms’ costs and make them less competitive, according to critics. [ read more … ]

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