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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

January 27, 2017

Official: Trump wants to slash EPA workforce, budget

By Michael Biesecker and Seth Borenstein, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2017-01-27 06:44:47

Myron Ebell said in an interview Thursday with The Associated Press that Trump is likely to seek significant reductions to the agency’s workforce — currently about 15,000 employees nationwide. Ebell, who left the transition team last week, declined to discuss specific numbers of EPA staff that could be targeted for pink slips. Asked what he would personally like to see, however, Ebell said slashing the agency’s size by about half would be a good start. [ read more … ]

Elon Musk Has Trump’s Ear, and Wall Street Takes Note

By JAMES B. STEWART, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2017-01-27 06:45:21

“When you look at the businesses Tesla is in, you see many areas of overlapping interest” with the Trump administration, Mr. Jonas told me. “To the extent the new administration prioritizes the creation of valuable, innovative high tech and manufacturing jobs, Tesla stands at the epicenter of that.” A major fear of investors in solar power was that a Trump administration would end the federal subsidies so reviled by fossil fuel proponents. While that remains a concern, the most recent jobs data suggests that the subsidies have led to a surge in new well-paid jobs, exactly what the president has advocated. [ read more … ]

Electric car sales predictions are all over the map

By Dan Cohen, The Hill  •    •  Posted 2017-01-27 06:47:12

Only time will tell the true future of electric car sales. As Yogi Berra noted, “It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.” But the latest Outlook highlights the need for alternate scenarios to consider a future with far lower electric car prices than currently forecast. [ read more … ]

As Obama Clean Power Plan Fades, States Craft Strategies To Move Beyond It

By David Sommerstein, NPR  •    •  Posted 2017-01-27 06:47:53

There have been no executive orders yet to undo President Barack Obama’s signature climate plan, but many officials and environmental groups consider it as good as dead. The Clean Power Plan is on hold while a legal battle plays out, and even if an appeals court upholds it — a decision could come any day — the Trump administration is likely to appeal to the Supreme Court. The state of New York decided to forge ahead anyway. Like a number of other mostly liberal states, it is continuing with efforts to drive down the carbon emissions that drive climate change. [ read more … ]

3 Republican Governors Embrace Clean Energy’s Economic Promise

By Dick Munson, Environmental Defense Fund  •    •  Posted 2017-01-27 06:48:14

Last week, the U.S. inaugurated a new president who has vowed to abandon the landmark Paris climate agreement and roll back bedrock American environmental protections. But turn to the states and you’ll find a different story, even in the red states that elected President Trump. In fact, Republican governors in the Midwest are prioritizing economic growth and job creation by accelerating investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy. In the few weeks after the election, leaders in Illinois, Ohio, and Michigan have adopted new policies that help tackle climate change and grow the clean energy economy. [ read more … ]

Gramlich Departs AWEA, Launches New Power Grid Firm

By Betsy Lillian, North American Wind Power  •    •  Posted 2017-01-27 06:49:31

Rob Gramlich, senior vice president of government and public affairs at the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), is leaving the association to start a firm that will focus on power grid issues. According to AWEA, Grid Strategies LLC will launch on Feb. 15 to provide strategic advice and advocacy services for clients, including AWEA, in the areas of integrating clean energy into the grid; transmission infrastructure policy; and helping renewable energy, storage and transmission interests with grid challenges with the U.S. Department of Energy, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and grid operators. [ read more … ]

Too Early to Ascribe Long-Term Energy Plans from Trump Administration

By Ernie Shea, 25×25  •    •  Posted 2017-01-27 06:49:59

There was obvious disappointment among clean energy advocates last Friday when the White House published on its website “An America First Energy Plan” that makes no mention of renewable energy or energy efficiency. President Donald Trump has made it clear since his announcement to seek the presidency in June 2015 that his top energy priority is to boost oil and gas development in this country, and that is what his energy statement emphasizes. It vows to “embrace the shale oil and gas revolution to bring jobs and prosperity to millions of Americans.” It also calls for “reviving America’s coal industry, which has been hurting for too long.” [ read more … ]

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