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February 28, 2017

Trump eyeing 24% cut to EPA budget — source

Robin Bravender, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-02-28 04:27:47

The Trump administration is pushing for a 24 percent overall cut to U.S. EPA’s budget, according to a source informed about the administration’s plans. The White House today sent its budget blueprint to federal agencies, which includes cuts for most non-defense entities. The EPA outline, the source said, would trim nearly $2 billion from EPA’s current budget of about $8.1 billion. [ read more … ]

Aggressive cuts to Obama-era green rules to start soon -U.S. EPA head

By Richard Valdmanis, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2017-02-28 04:28:15

U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration will begin rolling back Obama-era environmental regulations in an “aggressive way” as soon as next week, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency said on Saturday – adding he understood why some Americans want to see his agency eliminated completely. “I think there are some regulations that in the near-term need to be rolled back in a very aggressive way. And I think maybe next week you may be hearing about some of those,” EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt told the Conservative Political Action summit in Washington DC. [ read more … ]

Wind Farm Divides North Carolina Republicans

By Valerie Bauerlein and Cassandra Sweet, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2017-02-28 04:29:28

More than 100 giant wind turbines started producing power this month amid 22,000 acres of cotton, soy and wheat fields.

But North Carolina’s first wind farm may remain its only one as the state, like some others, rethinks its commitment to green energy. The recent wind-energy push has caused an unusual fight among North Carolina Republicans, with some GOP politicians opposing the project because of its reliance on federal tax credits and potential risks to the military, and rural Republicans embracing the property taxes and extra income paid by the operators. [ read more … ]

Op-Ed: Renewable manufacturing jobs continue to make America great

By Denise Bode, The Hill  •    •  Posted 2017-02-28 04:29:59

The goal of bringing good manufacturing jobs back to the United States is not just an old school game. It is and can be more powerfully advanced by renewables. Let’s start with America’s largest renewable energy resource by installed generating capacity: wind power. Phenomenal growth in wind turbine manufacturing in the U.S. has been driven by the simple fact that the most efficient turbines are so large that it is cost effective to manufacture major components close to installation sites here at home. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy Will See More Tech Breakthroughs, Falling Costs, Experts Predict

By Jeff McMahon, Forbes  •    •  Posted 2017-02-28 04:30:49

Researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory conducted the largest-ever survey of experts on energy last year, asking them to predict whether wind energy would continue to get cheaper toward 2030 and beyond. When they plotted the 163 expert predictions against traditional analyses, they discovered the experts are more optimistic than their analyses. “Our experts are somewhat more optimistic about future cost reduction potential than much of the existing literature,” LBL Senior Scientist Ryan Wiser said in Chicago last week. “That suggests our experts are not simply basing their estimates on the existing literature, but are bringing some new information—hopefully insightful information—to the table.” [ read more … ]

GE Renewable Energy To Supply 1st Integrated Solar-Wind Hybrid Project In US

By Joshua S Hill, Clean Technica  •    •  Posted 2017-02-28 04:32:22

While the project is small, it’s nevertheless a good start. The 4.6 megawatt project is a community project set for Red Lake Falls in Minnesota, and to be developed by North American developer Juhl Energy. GE Renewable Energy has been contracted to supply two 2.3-116 wind turbines from GE Renewable Energy’s Onshore Wind business, as well as 1 megawatt (MW) of solar power conversion equipment provided by GE’s Current business. [ read more … ]

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