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February 1, 2017

Yuan’s Gain Has Surprised Trump, Incoming China Envoy Says

By Mario Parker, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2017-02-01 06:36:40

Trump’s “a strong leader and China’s got a strong leader, and I know them both very well,’ Branstad said. “Hopefully we can find a way to do what’s good for America, but can also be a win-win situation that’s beneficial for China.” Last week, Trump signed an executive order to withdraw the U.S. as a signatory to the Trans-Pacific Partnership accord with 11 other nations. Those types of pacts are likely to be replaced with bilateral trade agreements between America and other countries, according to Branstad. [ read more … ]

Overnight Energy: Zinke, Perry nominations advance | Expect drama over EPA pick Wednesday

BY TIMOTHY CAMA AND DEVIN HENRY, The Hill  •    •  Posted 2017-02-01 06:37:08

Wednesday’s Environment and Public Works Committee hearing to vote on Scott Pruitt’s nomination to lead the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is set to go less smoothly. Democrats have lambasted Pruitt’s nomination, questioning his acceptance of climate science and noting his work suing the EPA during his tenure as Oklahoma’s Attorney General. [ read more … ]

Energy industry says ‘no thanks’ to Trump aid

Peter Behr, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-02-01 06:37:30

“I hope that this is the beginning of a constructive conversation about improvement in, and expansion of, the transmission system,” said Kathleen Shea, president of the power industry group WIRES, which advocates for transmission projects. “Let’s be clear, however,” she added. “The transmission sector does not seek taxpayer funding for the challenges that ail us. We look for the kind of leadership and vision that fosters practical policy and regulatory solutions at all levels.” [ read more … ]

Maryland House votes to override renewable energy bill veto

By BRIAN WITTE, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2017-02-01 06:37:48

he Maryland House of Delegates voted Tuesday to override Gov. Larry Hogan’s veto of a bill to boost the state’s renewable energy standards, cheered by environmentalists for casting one of the first state legislative votes against the “anti-environmental” agenda of President Donald Trump. The Democrat-controlled House voted 88-51 for the override, three votes more than the three-fifths majority needed. The Senate is scheduled to vote on the Republican governor’s veto Thursday. Last year, the Senate passed the bill 32-14, a margin above the 29 votes needed.
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Hawaii’s largest solar park now online

By PV Tech  •    •  Posted 2017-02-01 06:35:05

The Hawaiian Electric Companies (HECO) has commissioned the Island’s largest solar park, the 27.6MW Waianae Solar project. The project broke ground in March 2016 with the array coming online mid-this month. It constitutes the largest in operation in Hawaii to date; generating enough clean electricity to power around 11,000 homes annually. Located on just over 80 hectares of land in West Oahu, the park will sell its energy to HECO at the rate of 14.5 cents/kWh. It is therefore not only the biggest, but on the lowest-cost renewable projects on the Island [ read more … ]

Carbon tax chances slim under Trump, though even Tillerson supports the idea

By Bill Loveless USAToday  •    •  Posted 2017-02-01 06:35:34

With the Trump Administration poised to reverse U.S. policies on climate change, the head of a major oil and natural gas company is calling again for governments around the world to put a price on carbon emissions once and for all. BP CEO Bob Dudley reiterated his company’s longstanding position in releasing its annual report on global energy trends. [ read more … ]

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