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March 3, 2017

Senate Confirms Rick Perry as Energy Secretary

By CORAL DAVENPORT, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2017-03-03 06:46:48

The Senate confirmed Rick Perry on Thursday as the head of the Energy Department, an agency he had once pledged as a presidential candidate to eliminate. The vote was 62 to 37. Mr. Perry, a former Texas governor, will lead an agency that, despite its name, is largely focused on overseeing the nation’s vast arsenal of nuclear weapons, as well as a network of 17 national scientific laboratories. [ read more … ]

Top Trump Advisers Are Split on Paris Agreement on Climate Change

By CORAL DAVENPORT, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2017-03-03 06:47:17

he White House is fiercely divided over President Trump’s campaign promise to “cancel” the Paris agreement, the 2015 accord that binds nearly every country to curb global warming, with more moderate voices maintaining that he should stick with the agreement despite his campaign pledge. Stephen K. Bannon, Mr. Trump’s senior adviser, is pressing the president to officially pull the United States from the landmark accord, according to energy and government officials with knowledge of the debate. But, they say, he is clashing with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and the president’s daughter Ivanka Trump, who fear the move could have broad and damaging diplomatic ramifications. [ read more … ]

Trump poised to lift federal coal ban, other green rules: White House

By Richard Valdmanis, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2017-03-03 06:47:56

U.S. President Donald Trump will target a handful of Obama-era green regulations, including a federal coal mining ban and an initiative forcing states to cut carbon emissions, in an executive order as soon as next week, a White House official told Reuters on Wednesday. Trump and his fellow Republicans who control Congress are seeking to unravel former Democratic President Barack Obama’s initiatives to combat global climate change, which they say are costly for U.S. business and have hampered drilling and mining without providing any clear benefits. [ read more … ]

Rhode Island Governor Plots Whopping 1,000% Renewables Increase

By Betsy Lillian, North American Wind Power  •    •  Posted 2017-03-03 06:48:18

Along with Gov. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., Raimondo is head of the Governors’ Wind & Solar Energy Coalition, a renewable energy advocacy group, which recently sent a letter to the Trump administration to emphasize the “boons of renewable energy.” In December, a big renewables boost came to Rhode Island when Deepwater Wind finished up the 30 MW Block Island Wind Farm, the first offshore project in the U.S. Raimondo noted that she was proud to be governor of the only state with “steel in the water and blades spinning over the ocean.” [ read more … ]

Western Plains Wind Farm in full operation, helping Westar Energy cut its emissions

By Hutchinson News  •    •  Posted 2017-03-03 06:49:43

Westar Energy’s new Western Plains Wind Farm near Spearville began full operation on Wednesday, enabling the state’s largest electric utility to boast it can now provide more than half the annual electricity needs of its customers without carbon emissions. Infinity Wind developed the 280-megawatt Western Plains wind farm in Ford County, built by Mortenson Construction, using Siemens Wind turbines manufactured in Hutchinson. Westar will own and operate the facility. [ read more … ]

Northland pulls plug on Kitty Hawk

By Renewable Energy News  •    •  Posted 2017-03-03 06:50:03

Northland Power has decided not to submit a bid in this month’s auction for the 1.5GW Kitty Hawk offshore wind zone off North Carolina. The Canadian investor confirmed in an analysts call that it had made the decision because it believes there are better locations for projects off the north east US coast. Northland told analysts it remains keen on bidding for future US offshore wind zones. [ read more … ]

Clean Energy Programs Can Help Meet Goals Espoused by the President

By Ernie Shea, 25×25  •    •  Posted 2017-03-03 06:50:23

So, it only makes sense that to achieve the economic and environmental goals espoused by the president in his speech, the policies and federal investment that support the clean energy sector must be maintained or strengthened. It’s also important for the White House to remember that principal beneficiaries of these programs are rural Americans, a constituency that played a key role in Trump’s election last November after promises he made to improve their way of life. [ read more … ]

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