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March 2, 2017

Congress already eyeing Department of Energy for spending cuts

By Jennifer Schonberger, Fox News  •    •  Posted 2017-03-02 06:48:29

As President Trump pitches a $54 billion boost in defense spending alongside an equal cut to numerous federal agencies, some lawmakers already are eyeing the Department of Energy in particular for major budget reductions. A letter obtained by Fox Business Network asks acting Energy Department Secretary Grace Bochenek to identify sweeping budget cuts. House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden, R-Ore., and Tim Murphy, R-Pa., chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, asked the department to identify “administrative waste and a clear path to achieve significant budget savings in the next five years.” [ read more … ]

Solar companies agree on deal with Arizona’s biggest utility

By Nichola Groom, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2017-03-02 06:49:14

Solar installation companies and Arizona’s largest utility said on Wednesday that they had reached a long-sought deal under which new rooftop solar systems would be compensated at a lower rate for the energy they send to the grid. The settlement agreement between Arizona Public Service, a division of Pinnacle West Capital Corp, and solar installers including Sunrun Inc, must be approved by state utility regulator the Arizona Corporation Commission. [ read more … ]

The trials and triumphs of offshore wind

By RP Siegel, GreenBiz  •    •  Posted 2017-03-02 06:48:52

When it comes to renewable energy, there’s a new kid on the block and he’s making lots of new friends quickly. We’re talking of course, about offshore wind. While once resisted as too expensive and too unsightly, the technology finally has found its sea legs and is really making a splash. Europe is where most of the activity has been. It started with Vindeby, the world’s first offshore wind farm, off the Danish coast. Vindeby, commissioned in 1991, has 11 turbines, with a combined capacity of 4.95 MW. According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the gross wind resource along the two coasts of the U.S. amounts to 4,223 GW. That’s an amount roughly four times the entire generating capacity of the current U.S. electric grid. [ read more … ]

Editorial: Market forces are driving clean energy

By Express-News Editorial Board, San Antonio Express-News  •    •  Posted 2017-03-02 06:49:36

The future is bright for clean energy in Texas. That’s the message from a recent Environmental Defense Fund report, which once again highlights Texas’ clean energy strengths. We are the nation’s leading producer in wind energy. Back in 2005, state officials, including former Gov. Rick Perry, now head of the U.S. Department of Energy, saw how building transmission infrastructure would open the market for affordable wind energy. It made for good environmental and economic policy.
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Why Are Beijing’s Taxi Drivers Freezing?

By Adam Minter, Bloomberg View  •    •  Posted 2017-03-02 06:50:00

Beijing had the best of intentions when it started to promote all-electric taxis in 2011. Not only would the green cars reduce the city’s choking pollution, but they’d highlight its commitment to becoming a center of innovation. There was just one problem: cold weather. Electric cars lose their charge quickly when temperatures drop, reducing their range, utility and — for taxi drivers — profitability. Just ask the unlucky souls driving them around Beijing this winter. According to local news media, they’re shutting off battery-draining heaters and driving in heavy boots that — thanks to fares lost while charging their batteries — they can’t really afford. [ read more … ]

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