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January 18, 2017

Obama puts offshore North Carolina on wind energy map

By Daniel J. Grabber, UPI  •    •  Posted 2017-01-18 06:37:00

Thousands of acres offshore North Carolina are set aside for potential wind energy in one of the final moves under the Obama presidency, the government said. “This is a significant milestone for North Carolina and our country as we continue to make progress on diversifying our nation’s energy portfolio,” Walter Cruickshank, the acting director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, said in a statement. Acting under a climate action plan adopted by President Barack Obama, the BOEM said it was setting aside 122,405 acres offshore North Carolina for a March 16 lease for wind energy developers. The lease area in question begins about 24 nautical miles off the coast of Kitty Hawk, N.C. [ read more … ]

China cementing global dominance of renewable energy and technology

By Michael Slezak, The Guardian  •    •  Posted 2017-01-18 06:37:22

“At the moment China is leaving everyone behind and has a real first-mover and scale advantage, which will be exacerbated if countries such as the US, UK and Australia continue to apply the brakes to clean energy,” he said. “The US is already slipping well behind China in the race to secure a larger share of the booming clean energy market. With the incoming administration talking up coal and gas, prospective domestic policy changes don’t bode well,” Buckley said.
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On Climate Change, Even States in Forefront Are Falling Short

By Eduardo Porter, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2017-01-18 06:38:32

State policies were always bound to play a central role in the decarbonization of the American economy. But with a president-elect who has asserted that climate changes a Chinese hoax, promised a bright future for fossil fuels and vowed to undoPresident Obama’s climate strategy, their choices have become more important than ever. And yet for all the pluck of the Golden State’s politicians, California is far from providing the leadership needed in the battle against climate change. Distracted by the competing objective of shuttering nuclear plants that still produce over a fifth of its zero-carbon power, the state risks failing the main environmental challenge of our time. [ read more … ]

Utility plans vote on New York offshore wind project

By The Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2017-01-18 06:38:58

A New York utility is set to vote later this month on a plan to construct an offshore wind farm off eastern Long Island. The Long Island Power Authority says the 90-megawatt, 15-turbine wind farm 30 miles east of Montauk would be the largest offshore wind project built to date. [ read more … ]

Interior Nominee Zinke Disputes Trump on Climate Change

By The Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2017-01-18 06:39:52

Donald Trump’s choice to head the Interior Department on Tuesday rejected the president-elect’s claim that climate change is a hoax, saying it is indisputable that environmental changes are affecting the world’s temperature and human activity is a major reason. “I don’t believe it’s a hoax,” Rep. Ryan Zinke told the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee at his confirmation hearing. “The climate is changing; man is an influence,” the Montana Republican said. “I think where there’s debate is what that influence is and what can we do about it.” [ read more … ]

A Big Test for Big Batteries

  •    •  Posted 2017-01-14 04:27:34

Utilities have been studying batteries nationwide. But none have moved ahead with the gusto of those in Southern California. This idea has far-reaching potential. But the challenge of storing electricity has vexed engineers, researchers, policy makers and entrepreneurs for centuries. Even as countless technologies have raced ahead, batteries haven’t yet fulfilled their promise. [ read more … ]

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