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April 3, 2017

Lawmakers Aim to Safeguard Renewable Energy Credits in Tax Overhaul

By Brian Dabbs, Bloomberg BNA  •    •  Posted 2017-04-03 04:46:45

“There’s immense drive to sustain them,” former Ways and Means Committee ranking member Sandy Levin (D-Mich.) told Bloomberg BNA. “The answer is the only way tax reform works is if it’s bipartisan, and there’s strong commitments from Democrats to support the renewable tax credits.” [ read more … ]

New EPA documents reveal even deeper proposed cuts to staff and programs

By Juliet Eilperin, Chris Mooney and Steven Mufson, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2017-04-03 04:47:14

At a time when the agency is considering a controversial rollback in fuel efficiency standards adopted under President Obama, the plan would cut by more than half the number of people in EPA’s division for testing the accuracy of fuel efficiency claims by automakers. It would transfer funding for the program to fees paid by the automakers themselves. [ read more … ]

Energy Department climate office bans use of phrase ‘climate change’

By Eric Wolff, Politico  •    •  Posted 2017-04-03 04:47:35

A supervisor at the Energy Department’s international climate office told staff this week not to use the phrases “climate change,” “emissions reduction” or “Paris Agreement” in written memos, briefings or other written communication, sources have told POLITICO. [ read more … ]

Plunging price of renewable energy makes end of fossil fuels inevitable, says report

By Ian Johnston, The Independent  •    •  Posted 2017-04-03 04:48:13

“In the US, the renewable energy sector has become a major job creator: since 2009, the solar industry created one out of every 80 new jobs, and the country’s fastest-growing occupation is wind turbine technician. “While President Donald Trump may have promised to bring back coal jobs, he will no doubt find resistance – in both Congress and statehouses – should his efforts come at the expense of clean energy jobs.” [ read more … ]

Iowa’s electric costs blowing downward, group says

By Donnelle Eller, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted 2017-04-03 04:48:42

Iowa’s electric rates are lower now than nearly two decades ago, says an Iowa City group, pointing to wind energy for helping to keep costs low. Iowa power users paid an average of 8.35 cents per kilowatt hour in 2015, that when adjusted for inflation is about 5 percent less than 1998, when wind energy got its start in the state, said David Osterberg, who founded the Iowa Policy Project and released a study Thursday looking at energy costs.
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Tidal Turbine Maker Bids to Turn U.K. Into a Green Saudi Arabia

By Anna Hirtenstein, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2017-04-03 04:49:02

A British developer is bidding to build power turbines under the sea in Scotland in a contest for government contracts that starts Monday, aiming to prove for the first time that its technology is commercially viable. Atlantis Resources Ltd. is among the companies vying for 290 million pounds ($363 million) of electricity-generation contracts the U.K. government is auctioning off. Winners will be notified between June and September and will get a firm price for the power they sell under a program meant to stimulate cleaner forms of energy. [ read more … ]

Op-Ed:Climate Progress, With or Without Trump

By MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG, NewYork Times  •    •  Posted 2017-04-03 04:49:26

Those who believe that the Trump administration will end American leadership on climate change are making the same mistake as those who believe that it will put coal miners back to work: overestimating Washington’s ability to influence energy markets, and underestimating the role that cities, states, businesses and consumers are playing in driving down emissions on their own. [ read more … ]

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