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January 12, 2017

New York sets bar high for offshore wind

By Daniel J. Graebe, UPI  •    •  Posted 2017-01-12 06:40:40

Stunning is how one renewable energy group described a decision by the state of New York to build the nation’s largest offshore wind farm. Kit Kennedy, the director of energy and transportation initiatives at the Natural Resources Defense Council, said New York was setting the bar high with its wind energy commitments to 2030.
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China Can Expect a Surge in Offshore Wind Farms, Goldwind Says

By Bloomberg News  •    •  Posted 2017-01-12 06:41:52

China’s development of offshore wind farms could be set to accelerate, supported by favorable government-backed pricing and increased investment. “Offshore wind is becoming more and more economically attractive” after the government cut the tariffs for onshore projects, Ma Jinru, vice president of Xinjiang Goldwind Science & Technology Co., China’s biggest maker of wind turbines, said in an interview. [ read more … ]

New transmission lines required to avoid curtailment says DOE

By David Weston, Wind Power Monthly  •    •  Posted 2017-01-12 06:41:28

The report Reducing Wind Curtailment through Transmissions Expansion in a Wind Vision Future was complied by the DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).It used the DOE’s March 2015 Wind Vision report as its basis to discover how the transmission system would manage 35% of electricity being sourced by wind power — which the DOE said was “plausible” by 2050. The research discovered, however, that without a significant upgrade of the US western transmission network — on which the report focused — 15.5% of wind power would need to be curtailed due to grid limitations. [ read more … ]

Global clean energy investment falls to $288 billion in 2016: research

By Nina Chestney, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2017-01-12 06:42:19

Clean energy investment worldwide fell by 18 percent to $287.5 billion last year due to sharp falls in renewable technology prices and less spending on projects by large markets China and Japan, research showed on Thursday. Chinese investment in renewable sources of energy, such as wind and solar, was $87.8 billion last year, 26 percent lower than an all-time high of $119 billion in 2015, while Japanese investment was 43 percent lower at $22.8 billion, Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) said in an annual report [ read more … ]

600 companies plead with Trump to uphold Paris agreement

By ANNA GIARITELLI, Washington Examiner  •    •  Posted 2017-01-12 06:42:41

More than 600 U.S. companies are urging President-elect Trump to uphold the Paris climate agreement once he takes office, and is calling for the continuance of low-carbon initiatives as a way to ensure a slower rise of the global temperature. “All parts of society have a role to play in tackling climate change, but policy and business leadership is crucial,” Lars Petersson, president of IKEA U.S., said in a statement. “The Paris Agreement was a bold step towards a cleaner, brighter future, and must be protected.” [ read more … ]

Trump, rising populism threaten to slow climate action, analyst says

By Zoe Tabard, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2017-01-12 06:43:00

Rising global populism and pressure to reduce U.S. environmental regulation are among the issues to watch in 2017 as efforts to address climate change push ahead, a sustainability expert said Wednesday. Action to address global warming should be non-partisan to make the kind of ambitious progress needed, Andrew Steer, president of the Washington-based World Resources Institute, told reporters. [ read more … ]

Dem: No hearing for EPA pick until questions answered

BY TIMOTHY CAMA, The Hill  •    •  Posted 2017-01-12 06:43:21

The top Democrat on the panel considering President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to lead the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said Tuesday he is not ready to host hearings on the potential administrator’s confirmation. Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), ranking member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, said Scott Pruitt has not yet responded to a list of about 50 questions the panel’s Democrats sent and that Pruitt’s standard FBI background check is not complete. [ read more … ]

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