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February 24, 2017

Dream of Offshore U.S. Wind Power May Be Just Too Ugly for Trump

By Joe Ryan, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2017-02-24 06:36:03

The push to win over the Trump administration comes as offshore wind is on the brink of success in North America after a decade of false starts. Costs are falling dramatically. Deepwater Wind LLC completed the first project in U.S. waters in August. And in September, the Obama administration outlined plans to ease regulatory constraints and take other steps to encourage private development of enough turbines to crank out 86,000 megawatts by 2050. That’s about the equivalent of 86 nuclear reactors. “We are an industry on the rise,” Thomas Brostrom, Dong’s general manager of North America, said in an interview. “We want very much to come in and explain to the new administration what we can do for job creation and energy independence.” [ read more … ]

North Dakota: Senate declines wind power moratorium, passes study

By John Hageman, Bismark Tribune  •    •  Posted 2017-02-24 06:36:52

A proposal that would have created a two-year moratorium on new wind energy development in North Dakota was stripped from legislation that ultimately passed the Senate as a study of the state’s energy plan Wednesday. Senate Bill 2314, as passed by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Tuesday, would have prevented the Public Service Commission from approving a wind farm application submitted in the two years starting Aug. 1 unless the commission determined that added generation was needed for the state’s consumers.
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Most Oklahomans Support Wind Power, Oppose Wind Tax: Survey Says

By Betsy Lillian, North American Wind Power  •    •  Posted 2017-02-24 06:37:24

According to recent surveys commissioned by American Wind Action (AWA), four in five “engaged citizens” in Oklahoma (those who voted in at least three of the last four general elections) have a “favorable” impression of wind, and more than half have a “very favorable” impression of wind – regardless of party affiliations or political ideologies. [ read more … ]

White House to eject its environmental advisers from their longtime main headquarters on Friday

By Juliet Eilperin, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2017-02-24 06:37:42

The White House on Friday will move its Council on Environmental Quality out of its main headquarters at 722 Jackson Place, a red brick townhouse it has occupied since it was established more than four decades ago. Although some White House CEQ staffers will remain in adjoining townhouses, the shift means the council will lose its main conference room. While the influence of CEQ waxes and wanes depending on which president is in office, it traditionally plays a key role in executing the White House’s overall environmental agenda and coordinating key decisions among different agencies. [ read more … ]

Shell Looks Beyond Dutch Waters for Offshore Wind Investments

By Jess Shankleman, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2017-02-24 06:38:07

Royal Dutch Shell Plc may contract to build offshore wind farms in the U.K. and across Europe, after winning a bid to build one of the cheapest projects on record last year, Shell U.K. chair Sinead Lynch, said in an interview. Europe’s biggest oil supplier is exploring opportunities across Europe for offshore wind, Lynch said at a press event on Wednesday at a Shell service station outside London, where she was opening the company’s first U.K. hydrogen refueling station. [ read more … ]

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