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March 21, 2017

How Americans Think About Climate Change

By NADJA POPOVICH, JOHN SCHWARTZ and TATIANA SCHLOSSBERG, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2017-03-21 06:46:24

A majority of adults in every congressional district in the nation support limiting carbon dioxide emissions from existing coal-fired power plants. But many Republicans in Congress (and some Democrats) agree with President Trump, who this week may move to kill an Obama administration plan that would have scaled back the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions. Nationally, about seven in 10 Americans support regulating carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants – and 75 percent support regulating CO2 as a pollutant more generally. But lawmakers are unlikely to change direction soon. [ read more … ]

Executed Order Still Expected?

By ANTHONY ADRAGNA, Politico  •    •  Posted 2017-03-21 06:46:58

In President Donald Trump’s administration nothing is certain until it happens. Sources familiar with the timing of a broad energy executive order told ME Sunday morning that it was still expected to be signed Monday, but signs now suggest the schedule may again be slipping. The White House is keeping details of the order close to the vest, though it’s expected to cover a broad swath of territory from EPA’s Clean Power Plan to the social cost of carbon whenever it ends up being signed. A White House spokeswoman declined to comment on the order’s timing. [ read more … ]

China Defends Plan to Bolster Its High-Tech Industries

By KEITH BRADSHER, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2017-03-21 06:47:46

Chinese regulators made a rule in 2005 requiring that wind turbines sold in China be made up largely of local components. The requirement prompted many of the world’s big wind turbine manufacturers to move factories to China and transfer their latest technology to domestic suppliers. Although Beijing removed the policy four years later after protests by the United States, the competitive damage was done, with Chinese companies gaining significant scale and expertise. China has dominated production of the world’s wind turbines ever since, with 42 percent of the market last year, according to the Global Wind Energy Council. [ read more … ]

Should DOE get out of the research business?

David Ferris, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-03-21 06:49:21

Trump thinks that the federal government is meddling in the market and that it should limit itself to basic research and shift the billions of dollars it spends on applied research and commercialization to private industry. Meanwhile, many entrepreneurs who receive DOE research funding see themselves as helping the United States gain a competitive edge in a global energy sector that is being transformed by new technology. That level of private money, they say, simply doesn’t exist. “This is the worst time in history to do this, and it will lead to America losing in the next 10 years,” said Saul Griffith, founder of Otherlab, a private California research facility that gets half of its funding from DOE. “Germany and China will come marching in.” [ read more … ]

North Carolina offshore wind hailed as job creator

By By Daniel J. Graeber, UPI  •    •  Posted 2017-03-21 06:48:21

The results of an auction for the right to develop wind energy offshore North Carolina makes it a major low-carbon economic stimulus, a trade group said. Avangrid Renewables was the winner of an auction for a lease area offshore Kitty Hawk with a $9 million bid to develop wind energy in federal waters. Nancy Sopko, director of offshore issues for the American Wind Energy Association, praised the auction for its economic benefits. “Millions of dollars in private investment drawn to this new ocean energy resource will help North Carolina’s economy take flight, creating new demand for skilled jobs, factories and U.S. flagged vessels,” she said in a statement. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy Firm Trying Again for OK of Cross-Country Line

BY DAVID A. LIEB, The Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2017-03-21 06:50:33

A renewable energy company again faced opposition from landowners Monday as it tried for the second time to win one of the final pieces of regulatory approval needed to carry wind power east from the nation’s heartland over one of the country’s longest transmission lines. Missouri utility regulators began hearing testimony on a request from Clean Line Energy to build a high-voltage transmission line from western Kansas across Missouri and Illinois to an Indiana power grid that connects with eastern states. Along the way, the line also could supply power to the equivalent of 200,000 Missouri homes. The Houston-based company already has won approval from other states for its 780-mile-long power line. But the Missouri Public Service Commission rejected its request in July 2015 while questioning its local benefit and the burden on landowners in its path. [ read more … ]

Race to Build Offshore Wind Farms That Float on Sea Gathers Pace

By Jess Shankleman, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2017-03-21 06:50:11

Plans to install turbines on platforms that float in the sea are gathering pace as renewable energy developers seek new areas to harvest wind power. Scotland has granted planning permission for as much as 92 megawatts of floating offshore wind capacity, including two separate projects in the past two weeks. In Ireland, the developer Gaelectric Holdings Plc and Ideol SAS, a French floating wind company, agreed on Friday to develop floating wind projects in Irish waters, starting with a 30-megawatt array. [ read more … ]

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