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February 23, 2017

E-Mails Reveal EPA Chief Cozied Up to Industry He Regulates

By Jennifer A. Dlouhy, Todd Shields and Tim Loh, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2017-02-23 06:29:52

Newly installed EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt closely coordinated with major oil and gas companies, refiners and groups linked to the billionaire Koch brothers to combat environmental regulations during his time as Oklahoma attorney general, according to thousands of pages of e-mails released Wednesday. The documents, released under court order to the Center for Media and Democracy, a nonprofit watchdog, follow a pitched battle over whether Pruitt should lead the Environmental Protection Agency, culminating in a narrow 52-46 vote Friday to confirm him. [ read more … ]

Editorial: Wind energy proves worth in red states

By Journal Star editorial board  •    •  Posted 2017-02-23 06:30:18

It’s one of the paradoxes of today’s political climate that wind energy, which often is promoted by liberal icons, is flourishing in red states. Texas, in fact, is the undisputed king when it comes to wind energy. Texas has attracted an estimated $38 billion in wind energy investment, with three times more wind generating capacity than any other state. Kansas and Iowa produce more than 30 percent of their electricity from wind. Oklahoma generates more than 20 percent. [ read more … ]

Tesla Swings to Loss in 4Q, Says Model 3 on Target

By The Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2017-02-23 06:27:31

Unable to string together profitable quarters, electric car and solar cell maker Tesla Inc. reported a loss for the last three months of 2016. Tesla posted its first profit in three years in last year’s third quarter and had predicted net income in the fourth quarter. Instead, the company lost $121.3 million, or 78 cents per share, for the quarter. Still, that was less than half the $320.4 million loss from the year-earlier quarter.
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SolarCity’s Ties to Foreclosure Cases Raise Questions on Vetting Policies

By DANIELLE IVORY, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2017-02-23 06:28:37

SolarCity, the nation’s leading installer of rooftop solar panels and a renewable energy darling, has pitched its value to investors on a simple premise: Once customers sign up to lease a system, they will make payments to the company month after month for at least 20 years. But even when the customers look good enough on paper, it does not always work out that way. [ read more … ]

Gov. Charlie Baker joins bipartisan coalition of governors asking President Donald Trump to support renewable energy

By Mary Serreze,  •    •  Posted 2017-02-23 06:30:38

There is growing bipartisan support for renewable energy, if a recent letter from a bipartisan group of governors sent to the White House is any indication. Eight Republican and 12 Democratic governors this month asked President Donald J. Trump to support wind power, solar energy, grid modernization, transmission development and basic research on renewables. Mass. Gov. Charlie Baker is among the petitioning governors. “The nation’s wind and solar energy resources are transforming low-income rural areas in ways not seen since the passage of the Homestead Act over 150 years ago,” reads the Feb. 13 letter from the Governors’ Wind and Solar Energy Coalition. [ read more … ]

Lawmakers Propose ITC Extension That Would Benefit Distributed Wind

By Betsy Lillian, North American Wind Power  •    •  Posted 2017-02-23 06:31:06

A bill that would provide a multiyear extension of the investment tax credit (ITC), including for small-scale wind power and other clean energy technology, has been re-introduced by bipartisan lawmakers. U.S. Reps. Tom Reed, R-N.Y., and Mike Thompson, D-Calif., have proposed the “Technologies for Energy Security Act,” which would provide parity with solar energy’s tax extension passed into law in 2015, explains the Distributed Wind Energy Association (DWEA), which is touting the benefits the bill would provide to the distributed wind industry.
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The White House claim that Obama-era regulations have cost $890 billion

By Glenn Kessler, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2017-02-23 06:31:24

The White House spokesman, in speaking about a House resolution signed by President Trump to roll back regulations enacted in the closing months of the Obama administration, cited an interesting statistic — that “Obama-era regulations … have cost the American business consumers a staggering $890 billion.” That seemed like a rather specific number, so we wanted to explore how valid it might be. [ read more … ]

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