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March 17, 2017

Lawmakers expect to rewrite Trump’s budget

By George Cahlink, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-03-17 06:35:21

Lawmakers aren’t embracing the proposed steep cuts in President Trump’s fiscal 2018 budget, calling the blueprint only the opening bid in what they expect will be protracted spending negotiations. The country’s new chief executive sees himself as a master negotiator. In that regard, the president’s calls for slashing U.S. EPA spending by nearly a third and gutting of various energy and climate change programs are likely a bargaining chip to force Congress into making at least some cuts in those areas. [ read more … ]

Big winners and big losers in Trump’s budget

Robin Bravender, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-03-17 06:35:43

Count U.S. EPA, President Obama and green groups among the biggest losers with today’s unveiling of the Trump administration’s budget proposal. For those on the left, there isn’t much to like about President Trump’s plans to slash domestic spending while beefing up cash for military efforts. Environmentalists, Democrats and liberal watchdog groups were quick to condemn the steep spending cuts proposed for EPA and environmental programs across other federal agencies. [ read more … ]

Trump budget plan would scrap energy grants, auto loan program

By David Shepardson, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2017-03-17 06:36:12

The White House budget blueprint proposes ending the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, or ARPA-e, program, which gives $300 million a year in grants for research in technologies aimed at reducing fossil-fuel consumption and improving energy efficiency. The program, created in 2007 under President George W. Bush, has supported research into micro-organisms that produce replacements for petroleum, battery storage systems, improving window-pane efficiency and technology that allows vehicles to communicate to avoid crashes. [ read more … ]

Clean Energy Is Seeing Monumental Job Growth

By Jeff Nesbit, USNews  •    •  Posted 2017-03-17 06:36:52

Multiple news outlets have reported that the federal budget President Donald Trump plans to submit to Congress Thursday will gut or even eliminate two principal Department of Energy research efforts fueling a renewable energy revolution in the United States. That would be an enormous mistake. Whatever else the Republican Party and the Trump White House thinks about the problem of Earth’s changing climate system, the clean energy sector is now creating new jobs faster than almost any other sector in the American economy. That’s an inescapable fact – one that is supported by GOP and Democratic voters alike. [ read more … ]

NREL chief: Renewable energy needs a new story to tell

By Cathy Proctor, Denver Business Journal  •    •  Posted 2017-03-17 06:37:18

Supporters of renewable energy need to talk about more than how solar and wind power can combat climate change if the sector is to attract a wider base of support, the director of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory told a room full of solar power executives Tuesday. “We have interesting times in Washington, so we here at NREL need your help,” NREL Director Martin Keller said during his keynote speech at the annual conference of the Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association at the Omni Interlocken Hotel in Broomfield. [ read more … ]

White House Budget Proposal Endangers Clean Energy Efforts and Rural America

By Ernie Shea, 25×25  •    •  Posted 2017-03-17 06:37:36

Unfortunately, DOE spending under the budget plan issued Thursday would be cut by $1.7 billion, or 5.6 percent. The proposal would eliminate the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), despite vast success the program has had in driving new energy technologies that would otherwise have been too risky for the private sector to undertake. Since 2009, ARPA-E has awarded more than $1.5 billion for more than 500 projects, which, in turn, have attracted $1.8 billion in funding from the private sector. The Trump budget plan would also slash some $900 million – or about 20 percent – from DOE’s Office of Science. While no specifics have been offered, the plan says the cuts will ensure the department “continues to invest in the highest priority basic science and energy research and development as well as operation and maintenance of existing scientific facilities for the community.” The DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy is among a number of energy research offices expected to be cut to achieve what the plan calls a focus “on limited, early-stage applied energy research and development activities where the federal role is stronger.” [ read more … ]

1st US offshore wind farm goes ‘full throttle’ during storm

By The Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2017-03-17 06:38:02

The company that built the United States’ first offshore wind farm says the powerful storm that hit the Northeast this week was a chance to go “full throttle” and put the turbines through their paces. Deepwater Wind says all five turbines off Rhode Island operated at full capacity during much of Tuesday’s nor’easter. It says the wind farm automatically powered down for several hours when the sustained wind speeds exceeded 55 mph, the designated limit. Winds got as high as 70 mph. [ read more … ]

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