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April 6, 2017

Trump Boosts Coal as China Takes the Lead on Climate Change

By Michael Biesecker and Louise Watt, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2017-04-06 06:31:08

For years, cutting carbon emissions to stave off the worst impacts of climate change was routinely near the top of the agenda at talks between the leaders of the United States and China. Not anymore. As President Donald Trump hosts President Xi Jinping at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida this week, the world’s two largest economies and carbon polluters are taking dramatically divergent paths on climate policy. [ read more … ]

Coal Is on the Way Out at Electric Utilities, No Matter What Trump Says

By CORAL DAVENPORT, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2017-04-06 06:31:32

Executives at the nation’s largest electric utilities say Mr. Trump’s announcement and the eventual fate of the regulations known as the Clean Power Plan make little difference to them. They still plan to retire coal plants — although perhaps at a slightly slower pace — and, more significant, they have no plans to build new ones. “For us, it really doesn’t change anything,” said Jeff Burleson, vice president of system planning at Southern Company, an Atlanta-based utility that provides electricity to 44 million people across the Southeast, of the prospective rollback of the Clean Power Plan. “Whatever happens in the near term in the current administration doesn’t affect our long-term planning for future generation,” he said. [ read more … ]

PacifiCorp plans big investments in Wyoming wind energy

By Ted Sickinger, The Oregonian  •    •  Posted 2017-04-06 06:31:59

PacifiCorp filed a new longterm resource plan Tuesday with regulators that leans heavily on near-term investments in renewable energy – mostly Wyoming wind power — to meet customers’ energy needs during the next two decades. The initial $3.5 billion expansion plan would take place during the next four years. It includes “re-powering” about 900 megawatts of its existing wind turbines in Wyoming, effectively renewing its existing renewables by replacing the blades and using more efficient hub technology to increase the turbines’ energy output in various wind condition [ read more … ]

Rocky Mountain Power to Invest Nearly $3 Billion in Wyoming Wind Energy

By Nick Learned, K2 Radio  •    •  Posted 2017-04-06 06:32:24

Wyoming will see a significant number of new wind energy projects under an Integrated Resource Plan unveiled by Rocky Mountain Power on Tuesday. The plan, totaling some $3.5 billion, will involve significant upgrades to existing wind plants, construction of a 140 miles of transmission line in Wyoming and adding up to 1,100 megawatts of new wind projects — primarily in Wyoming — by the end of 2020. [ read more … ]

Solar industry urges Perry to shield programs eyed for budget cuts

Christa Marshall, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-04-06 06:32:43

Perry and SEIA members did not directly address proposed budget cuts for EERE outlined by President Trump last month, according to Hopper. The funding cuts could hit programs like the SunShot Initiative — which funds projects to cut solar costs — and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, which gets most of its funding from EERE, “We didn’t frame it in terms of the proposed budget cuts. We framed it in terms of the important contributions that investments in those programs had made to the solar industry,” Hopper said in an interview. [ read more … ]

Dems urge appropriators to fund renewables, efficiency

Hannah Hess, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-04-06 06:33:13

More than 135 Democrats Wednesday urged House appropriators to provide strong funding for energy efficiency and renewable energy programs at the Department of Energy, an area where they might find common ground with climate-friendly GOP lawmakers. President Trump’s budget blueprint released last month called for eliminating DOE programs like the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy in fiscal 2018. It also proposed a 53 percent budget cut to DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and a 17 percent reduction to the Office of Science, which oversees the majority of the national laboratories [ read more … ]

Facebook to build data center in Nebraska

By Lincoln Journal Star  •    •  Posted 2017-04-06 06:33:53

The data center campus will include two 450,000-square-foot buildings and another 70,000-square-foot office building that will connect them. Facebook says it could add up to two more buildings on the land if needed. The company expects the data center to be online as early as 2020. Facebook said it expects to hire more than 1,000 construction workers to build the facility, which will have between 100 and 150 full-time employees. Facebook will join several other major companies that have data centers in Sarpy County, including Yahoo, Fidelity, Cabela’s and Travelers. [ read more … ]

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