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March 7, 2017

White House proposes steep budget cut to leading climate science agency

By Steven Mufson, Jason Samenow and Brady Dennis, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2017-03-07 06:44:54

The Trump administration is seeking to slash the budget of one of the government’s premier climate science agencies by 17 percent, delivering steep cuts to research funding and satellite programs, according to a four-page budget memo obtained by The Washington Post. The proposed cuts to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration would also eliminate funding for a variety of smaller programs, including external research, coastal management, estuary reserves and “coastal resilience,” which seeks to bolster the ability of coastal areas to withstand major storms and rising seas [ read more … ]

Perry rallies Energy Department on his first day: ‘Change the world’

BY TIMOTHY CAMA, The Hill  •    •  Posted 2017-03-07 06:45:15

New Energy Secretary Rick Perry gave a rousing speech to the department’s employees on his first day, marveling repeatedly at the prowess and abilities of the agency. Perry, who acknowledged that he said in 2011 that he wanted to abolish the Department of Energy (DOE), told his new department Friday that he was awestruck at what its workers do. “Think about the ability that you have, and that we collectively have in front of us, with the proper management and authority and direction to literally go change the world. What a cool place to get up every day and go to work at, that has the potential to do that,” Perry said in his speech to roughly 13,000 employees and 93,000 contractors that work in Washington, D.C., its national laboratories and elsewhere. [ read more … ]

Big Battery Installations Surge After Gas Leak in California

By Joe Ryan, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2017-03-07 06:45:43

The biggest natural gas leak in U.S. history led to a boom in large-scale energy-storage systems, the technology that’s long considered the elusive link to integrating solar and wind power into electric grids. U.S. homes and businesses — primarily utilities — installed storage systems with 336 megawatt-hours of capacity in 2016, double the amount from the previous year, according to a study released Tuesday by GTM Research and the Energy Storage Association. That’s about enough batteries to power a city the size of San Diego for an hour. [ read more … ]

The trouble with underestimating clean energy

By Dan Cohan, The Hill  •    •  Posted 2017-03-07 06:46:03

It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future. And especially about clean energy, as wind and solar technologies and prices continually evolve. Outlooks for wind and solar deployments vary widely. Some predict slow growth, while others foresee an unstoppable trend. Both under-predicting and over-predicting renewables can skew investment and policy decisions. Here, I’ll discuss the trouble with overly pessimistic forecasts of clean electricity. A companion article discusses the risks of treating renewables as inevitable. [ read more … ]

Plans OK’d for Botetourt’s North Mountain as site of Virginia’s first commercial wind farm

By Roanoke Times  •    •  Posted 2017-03-07 06:46:19

State environmental regulators have approved a commercial wind farm in Botetourt County, clearing the way for up to 25 giant turbines to be built atop a remote ridgeline. In a decision Thursday, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality ruled that putting the 550-foot-tall turbines on top of North Mountain would not pose an undue risk to wildlife and its surrounding habitat — with one exception. [ read more … ]

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