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January 11, 2017

Is Pruitt Vulnerable?

By ANTHONY ADRAGNA, Politico  •    •  Posted 2017-01-11 06:47:31

Progressive groups are seizing on a new pro-Scott Pruitt group (see below) as evidence that Republicans are worried Pruitt’s EPA nomination is more vulnerable than had been thought. In a talking points memocirculated over the weekend and obtained by ME, environmentalists and others are encouraged to “drive a narrative that the nomination is in trouble and the polluters are coming to the rescue with millions in undisclosed dirty money to fund a secret campaign to force Pruitt.” That includes noting Pruitt’s previously reported “secretive alliance” with oil and gas companies to fight EPA regulations. [ read more … ]

Can West Virginia’s New Governor Save Coal Country?

By Paul Barrett, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2017-01-11 06:47:10

If Trump is going to “make America great again,” one of his biggest challenges will be West Virginia (population 1.8 million), and his necessary ally will be Justice. The state is starting from rock bottom, or very near it, in a dismaying array of socioeconomic categories. Only 53 percent of its adults are working or looking for work, the lowest rate of labor force participation in the country, according to West Virginia University’s College of Business and Economics. The state’s per capita personal income of $36,758 ranks 49th; only Mississippi’s is lower. [ read more … ]

2016 was a bright year for solar energy in Minnesota

By Elizabeth Dunbar, Minnesota Public Radio  •    •  Posted 2017-01-11 06:47:52

Minnesota’s solar energy capacity is skyrocketing after a breakthrough year. It took about 10 years to go from virtually nothing to 35 megawatts of capacity in 2015, but last year that jumped to 250 megawatts. State officials don’t expect the pace to slow. Within the next two years, they expect solar panels scattered throughout the state will be capable of producing as much electricity as a coal-fired power plant. [ read more … ]

The Giant Swedish Company Building The Wind Farm Trump Opposed In Scotland

By Nathan Vardi, Forbes  •    •  Posted 2017-01-11 06:48:13

Adam Ezzamel had a very busy fall. The project director of the Aberdeen Bay wind farm off the east coast of Scotland supervised preparatory work of an onshore substation, the ordering of steel, contracts for cable supply, and the final design of 11 wind turbines. One thing Ezzamel claims he did not do was think about Donald J. Trump. “I have so much on my plate in delivering this project in the constraints we have that the U.S. presidential election didn’t enter into the mix at all,” Ezzamel said in a recent interview. “It has been business as usual. I really don’t see why he [Donald Trump] would have any implication.” [ read more … ]

With a New Administration Comes Opportunity to Address Policy Shortfalls

By Ernie Shea, 25X25  •    •  Posted 2017-01-11 06:48:31

As Donald Trump prepares to assume the presidency next week, it is appropriate to take a moment to appreciate the remarkable progress that the renewable energy sector has made, even in just the past year, as well as what opportunities may lie in the future. 2016 marked the inevitable emergence of clean energy as a major player in the nation’s energy market, evidenced by stunning growth and advances in technology, coupled with significant – and ongoing – drops in the cost of production. [ read more … ]

Can Google and Amazon build a greener Internet despite Trump?

By David R. Baker, San Francisco Chronicle  •    •  Posted 2017-01-11 06:50:33

President-elect Donald Trump may question the need to use more renewable power, but a growing number of Internet companies don’t.
A report issued Tuesday by the Greenpeace environmental group finds that many of the world’s largest Internet companies — including Apple, Facebook and Google — have made major progress powering their online operations with renewable energy. Almost 20 have committed to running their data centers and other facilities on 100 percent renewable energy as a way to fight global warming, although they differ on timetables and details. [ read more … ]

Hawaiian Electric seeks ITC-eligible wind projects on Oahu

By Plamena Tisheva, SeeNews  •    •  Posted 2017-01-11 06:53:06

Hawaiian Electric Co Inc is seeking information from developers about potential onshore wind projects on the island of Oahu that can take advantage of the federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC). The company wants to obtain projects that will lower costs for customers and help it achieve its goal of 100% renewable energy, it said last week as it issued the Request for Expressions of Interest (EoI). [ read more … ]

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