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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

December 16, 2016

Trump Taps Montana Congressman Zinke to Lead Interior Department

By Timothy Gardner, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2016-12-16 06:46:05

President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday named U.S. Representative Ryan Zinke of Montana, a former Navy SEAL commander who questions whether humans are largely the cause of climate change, as his choice for secretary of the interior. If the Senate confirms Zinke, a Republican, to lead the Interior Department, he will head an agency that employs more than 70,000 people across the country and oversees more than 20 percent of federal land, including national parks such as Yellowstone and Yosemite.
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The oil and gas industry is quickly amassing power in Trump’s Washington

By Juliet Eilperin, Steven Mufson and Philip Rucker, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2016-12-16 06:46:34

After eight years of being banished and sometimes vilified by the Obama administration, the fossil fuel industry is enjoying a remarkable resurgence as its executives and lobbyists shape President-elect Donald Trump’s policy agenda and staff his administration. The oil, gas and coal industries are amassing power throughout Washington — from Foggy Bottom, where ExxonMobil chief executive Rex Tillerson is Trump’s nominee to be secretary of state, to domestic regulatory agencies including the departments of Energy and Interior as well as the Environmental Protection Agency. [ read more … ]

As Trump Signals Climate Action Pullback, Local Leaders Push Forward

By TATIANA SCHLOSSBERG, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2016-12-16 06:46:59

Mayors and governors — many of them in states that supported President-elect Donald J. Trump — say they are equally determined to continue the policies and plans they have already adopted to address climate change and related environmental damage, regardless of what they see from Washington. “With a federal government that’s hostile to climate action, more and faster climate action work from cities, states and businesses will be required to stay anywhere near on track with our carbon pollution goals,” said Sam Adams, the former mayor of Portland, Ore., and current director of the World Resources Institute United States. [ read more … ]

U.S. Wind Power Enjoys a Rebirth as Solar’s Obstacles Mount

By Nichola Groom, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2016-12-16 06:47:45

A year after Congress extended generous tax credits for renewable energy projects, the U.S. wind industry is thriving. Solar power companies, meanwhile, are hunkering down for a rough 2017.The tax credit renewal has boosted the long-term outlooks for both industries. But in the short term, the subsidies are far more attractive for wind power, which has spurred utilities to launch wind projects while they scale back or delay solar installations.
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The U.S. solar industry is booming — and it isn’t afraid of Trump

By Chelsea Harvey, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2016-12-16 06:48:10

The optimistic new report, published by the Solar Energy Industries Association and market analysis firm GTM Research, comes at a time of mounting uncertainty for the future of renewable energy and environmental policy in the United States. President-elect Donald Trump has recently sparked major concern about among environmentalists with his nominations for heads of the federal energy and environment agencies. [ read more … ]

Bidding underway in NY auction

By Renewable Energy News  •    •  Posted 2016-12-16 06:47:23

US regulators have closed bidding for the day in the hotly contested 800MW New York offshore wind auction. The sale will continue Friday morning at 8:30am Eastern time. Three companies bid a record $25.5m in the twenty-seventh and final round of the day on Thursday. [ read more … ]

Things to Know About Federal Land Polices Under Trump

By The Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2016-12-16 06:38:27

Advocates for more state control of public lands and fewer government regulations on energy development hope Donald Trump will be more receptive to their cause, which they say has been ignored during President Barack Obama’s two terms. A look at some key questions: [ read more … ]

Final wind-turbine rule permits thousands of eagle deaths

BY MATTHEW DALY, ASSOCIATED PRESS  •    •  Posted 2016-12-16 06:37:51

The Obama administration on Wednesday finalized a rule that lets wind-energy companies operate high-speed turbines for up to 30 years – even if means killing or injuring thousands of federally protected bald and golden eagles. Under the new rule, wind companies and other power providers will not face a penalty if they kill or injure up to 4,200 bald eagles, nearly four times the current limit. Deaths of the more rare golden eagles would be allowed without penalty so long as companies minimize losses by taking steps such as retrofitting power poles to reduce the risk of electrocution. [ read more … ]

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