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January 10, 2017

Obama Presses Trump Not to Back Away From Clean Energy

By Josh Lederman, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2017-01-10 06:50:42

President Barack Obama cast the adoption of clean energy in the U.S. as “irreversible,” putting pressure Monday on President-elect Donald Trump not to back away from a core strategy to fight climate change. Obama, penning an article in the journal Science, sought to frame the argument in a way that might appeal to the president-elect: in economic terms. He said the fact that the cost and polluting power of energy have dropped at the same time proves that fighting climate change and spurring economic growth aren’t mutually exclusive. [ read more … ]

U.S. Likely To Become Net Exporter Of Energy, Says Federal Forecast

By Jeff Brady, NPR  •    •  Posted 2017-01-10 06:51:13

The U.S. could become a net exporter of energy in coming years, according to the federal government’s Annual Energy Outlook 2017. This continues a trend the Energy Information Administration has highlighted before in its annual report. The EIA projects the country will continue to import oil through 2050, though at much lower levels than in the past. The main thing that will make the U.S. a net exporter of energy is natural gas. [ read more … ]

New Study Helps Map Out Road Ahead for U.S. Electricity System

BY JOHN P. HOLDREN, DAN UTECH, SECRETARY ERNEST MONIZ, White House  •    •  Posted 2017-01-10 06:51:44

The Obama Administration released the second installment of the interagency Quadrennial Energy Review (QER 1.2), “Transforming the Nation’s Electricity System”. The new report focuses on the Nation’s electricity system, from electricity generation to end uses, and addresses the need for improvements in that system. Today, January 9, is the third anniversary of the Presidential Memorandum that initiated the QER. Since that time, the QER team has produced two landmark installments and made a significant impact on energy policy. [ read more … ]

New Obama report warns of changing ‘threat environment’ for the electricity grid

By Chris Mooney, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2017-01-10 06:52:27

At a time of heightened focus on U.S. cybersecurity risks, the Energy Department released a comprehensive report on the nation’s rapidly changing electrical grid Friday that calls for new action to protect against evolving threats. The agency urged policymakers to grant regulators new emergency powers should threats become imminent, among other recommendations.
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Vermont’s New Governor Sticking With Renewable Energy Goal

By The Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2017-01-10 06:52:44

Vermont’s new Republican governor said Monday he would stick with his Democratic predecessor’s long-term goal of getting 90 percent of the energy needed in the state from renewable sources by 2050. But Gov. Phil Scott, highlighting the construction of a new solar power project in the parking lot of a Montpelier food cooperative, said he believed new technology would be needed to make it happen. In his farewell address last week a day before Scott took office, Shumlin said Vermont had the highest per capita number of people working in clean energy jobs in the country. He said the state also had 12 times more solar panels than when he took office and 25 times the wind power. [ read more … ]

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