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April 11, 2017

China solar, wind to attract $780 billion investment by 2030 – research report

By David Stanway, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2017-04-11 06:31:37

China’s wind and solar sectors could attract as much as 5.4 trillion yuan ($782 billion) in investment between 2016 and 2030 as the country tries to meet its renewable energy targets, according to a research report published on Tuesday. China has pledged to increase non-fossil fuel energy to at least 20 percent of total consumption by the end of the next decade, up from 12 percent in 2015, part of its efforts to tackle air pollution and bring carbon dioxide emissions to a peak by around 2030. [ read more … ]

What’s at Stake in Trump’s Proposed E.P.A. Cuts

By HIROKO TABUCHI, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2017-04-11 06:32:17

What is at stake as Congress considers the E.P.A. budget? Far more than climate change. The Trump administration’s proposed cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency budget are deep and wide-ranging. It seeks to shrink spending by 31 percent, to $5.7 billion from $8.1 billion, and to eliminate a quarter of the agency’s 15,000 jobs. The cuts are so deep that even Republican lawmakers are expected to push back. Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, the chairwoman of the Interior and Environment Subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee, pointedly reminded Mr. Trump last month that his budget request was just “the first step in a long process.” [ read more … ]

Senators to Pruitt: How will you cut CO2 now?

Niina Heikkinen, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-04-11 06:33:56

Leading Democrats in the Senate and state attorney general offices are calling for greater transparency and more documents from U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. The requests follow recent moves by the Trump administration to roll back President Obama’s climate policies. Liberal politicians and some conservatives have expressed concern that EPA has shifted its focus from protecting public health and the environment to shielding the financial interests of the private sector. Senate Environment and Public Works ranking member Tom Carper (D-Del.), along with 22 other senators, sent a letter to Pruitt on Friday requesting the administrator lay out how the agency will meet legally required controls of carbon emissions without the Clean Power Plan. [ read more … ]

The Next Solar Energy Revolution Is Hiding in Plain Sight

By Kate Baggaley, NBC News  •    •  Posted 2017-04-11 06:33:29

When most people think of powering their homes with solar energy, they imagine a fleet of unsightly panels covering their roofs and yards. But that’s changing fast. This month, Tesla will begin taking orders for solar shingles that can generate power for the home and still look like everyday roofing tiles. But roofs aren’t the only surfaces that can hide solar cells. There’s a revolution underway to transform windows, skylights, and roads to generate electricity. The future of solar power will be built into every part of our daily lives. [ read more … ]

Maine lawmaker backs bill to block wind turbines

By Patrick Whittle, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2017-04-11 06:34:20

The state legislature is considering a proposal that would prevent Maine from permitting an offshore wind energy project in the vicinity of Monhegan Island. Monhegan Island is a tiny island about 12 nautical miles off of Maine’s coast that is well known as a home to artists, seasonal residents and lobster fishermen. Maine Aqua Ventus intends to install a two-turbine, 12-megawatt project off its coast. [ read more … ]

Solar Interests, Utilities, State Regulators Join to Pursue Clean Energy

By Ernie Shea, 25×25  •    •  Posted 2017-04-11 06:33:01

Reinforcing the move to clean energy are the economic benefits derived from renewables. An analysis of 2017 DOE jobs data shows that across the energy sector, the clean energy industry employs far more American workers than the fossil fuel industry, by a margin of more than 2.5 to 1; and they outnumber all jobs in coal and natural gas by 5 to 1. The kind of collaborative work being done by regulators, solar interests and customers in Nevada, Arizona and other states is producing opportunities for renewable energy growth, and demonstrates the strong willingness of the players to cooperate over tough issues. We commend these interests at the state and local levels for doing the hard work necessary to keep the nation moving toward a clean energy future. [ read more … ]

Appeals court upholds California’s cap-and-trade system

BY CHRISTOPHER CADELAGO, Sacramento Bee  •    •  Posted 2017-04-11 06:32:37

A state appeals court handed a major victory to California’s signature climate-change program in a lawsuit challenging the state’s ability to collect revenue from auctions its sponsored over the last five years. The 3rd District Court of Appeal upheld the California Air Resources Board’s program in a 2-1 decision, ruling that its auction sales do not equate to an illegal tax because the purchase of pollution credits by businesses is voluntary and the credits they buy are “a thing of value.” The program was approved with a majority vote, and opponents believe a two-thirds vote was required to authorize a tax. [ read more … ]

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