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March 30, 2017

China Poised to Take Lead on Climate After Trump’s Move to Undo Policies

By EDWARD WONGMA, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2017-03-30 05:33:17

“They’ve set the direction they intend to go in the next five years,” Barbara Finamore, a senior lawyer and Asia director at the Natural Resources Defense Council, based in New York, said of China. “It’s clear they intend to double down on bringing down their reliance on coal and increasing their use of renewable energy.” “China wants to take over the role of the U.S. as a climate leader, and they’ve baked it into their five-year plans,” she added, referring to the economic development blueprints drawn up by the Chinese government. [ read more … ]

As Trump halts federal action on climate change, cities and states push on

By Chris Mooney, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2017-03-30 05:33:45

In Ohio, Gov. John Kasich (R) vetoed a bill that would have weakened that state’s renewable standards. Major corporations such as Amazon and Whirlpool, as well as wind and solar developers, had urged him to stick to ambitious renewable goals. [ read more … ]

House lawmakers at odds over energy incentives

Geof Koss, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-03-30 06:20:05

At the outset, Subcommittee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) acknowledged that “specialized energy tax treatments” have been a major factor in lowering the prices of renewables and other energy technologies that face challenging economics. “However, given the lasting market and price distorting impacts that these policies place on effective price formation and bidding in competitive markets, some are questioning whether yesterday’s justifications for energy tax policies remain appropriate for today,” he said. [ read more … ]

Consulting firm forecasts Iowa wind jobs to double by 2020

By Mitchell Schmidt, The Gazette  •    •  Posted 2017-03-30 05:35:43

recent study estimates Iowa’s wind industry will grow by more than $9 billion and more than double in jobs in the next few years. According to a Monday news release from the American Wind Energy Association, which cites a recent analysis by Navigant Consulting, Iowa is projected to have as many as 17,000 wind-related jobs by 2020.
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Out-of-Touch Federal Policies Will Not Deter Growth of Clean Energy

By Ernie Shea, 25×25  •    •  Posted 2017-03-30 05:34:25

Seeking to weaken EPA’s authority to regulate carbon, while boosting domestic energy production from fossil fuels, President Trump this week signed an executive order that suspended, rescinded or flagged for review more than a half-dozen standing regulations and other measures. [ read more … ]

Will CT catch or miss the boat on offshore wind energy?

By Jan Ellen Spiegel, Connecticut Mirror  •    •  Posted 2017-03-30 05:34:49

With offshore wind developers snatching up tracts in federal waters off the Northeast U.S. coast – that’s three miles or more offshore – states from New Jersey to Maine stand to benefit with jobs and shoreline industry, from port staging areas, manufacturing and more. Connecticut is talking with offshore wind developers about using its ports, according to Connecticut Port Authority Director Evan Matthews and others. But so are most, if not all, of the states in the region, and several of them are far ahead of Connecticut in that process. [ read more … ]

Feds go local off California

By Renewable Energy News  •    •  Posted 2017-03-30 05:35:12

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is to meet with senior State of California officials to discuss the way forward for offshore wind off the US west coast. The meeting, which is taking place on 13 April in Obispo, will tackle consenting and planning issues.
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