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April 12, 2017

Clean Energy Investment Drops 17% as China and U.S. Scale Back

By Jess Shankleman, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2017-04-12 06:43:53

Clean-energy investment fell 17 percent in the first quarter, keeping pace with last year’s decline, as the U.S. and China both scaled back support for wind and solar farms. The $53.6 billion funneled into projects such as renewable energy, efficiency and electric cars during the first three months of the year marked the lowest investment for the quarter since 2013, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance. A surge in financing for large offshore wind projects at the start of last year wasn’t repeated in 2017.
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Perry: Trump committed to making renewables competitive with fossil fuels

By John Siciliano, The Washington Examiner  •    •  Posted 2017-04-12 06:44:57

Energy Secretary Rick Perry said Monday that the Trump administration supports making wind and solar energy more competitive with coal and fossil fuels, while simultaneously urging the world to embrace more natural gas exports and high-efficiency coal plants to help the environment. “We are committed to developing, deploying and commercializing breakthrough technologies and developing the necessary policies that will help renewables become competitive with traditional sources of energy,” Perry said after meeting with his counterparts of the Group of Seven of the world’s most advanced economies.
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Carbon emissions from energy sector drop

By Timothy Cama, The Hill  •    •  Posted 2017-04-12 06:44:39

Carbon dioxide emissions from the United States’ energy sector fell last year, due mainly to a significant drop in the use of coal. The Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported Monday that energy-related emissions of carbon dioxide, the most common human-emitted greenhouse gas, were down 1.7 percent in 2016, compared with the previous year. [ read more … ]

US Wind offers Maryland move

By Renewable Energy News  •    •  Posted 2017-04-12 06:45:17

US Wind has offered to shift the 750MW Maryland offshore wind project 8km farther out to sea after local officials complained the turbines would be too visible from the beach. The council of Ocean City criticised plans to site turbines 19km offshore following a presentation on 3 April by US Wind project development director Paul Rich. The company heard the opinions “loud and clear” and has already started preliminary engineering redesigns since the meeting last week, said Rich.
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Oklahoma governor to decide fate of wind energy tax credits

By Dale Denwalt, Daily Oklahoman  •    •  Posted 2017-04-12 06:45:34

“They’ve been incredibly beneficial, but we remain the first and only industry to offer to phase out its incentives,” Clark said. “This is just the culmination of that. I hope other industries will follow the example we set.” Lawmakers who opposed the bill have said that ending incentives earlier than their sunset date sets a poor example to other industries who use tax incentives. [ read more … ]

Massachusetts request may boost northern energy projects

BY WILSON RING, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS  •    •  Posted 2017-04-12 06:45:54

A request by the state of Massachusetts for a supply of clean, renewable electricity could give a boost to proposals to carry Canadian renewable energy to southern New England via proposed transmission lines in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. There are a handful of proposals across the three states designed to help energy-hungry states Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut make use of the renewable energy available in Canada, and experts say the Massachusetts request gives a huge boost to those efforts. [ read more … ]

Ohio regulators request more information about 20.7MW offshore projec

By Renewable Energy News  •    •  Posted 2017-04-12 06:46:12

Ohio regulators need more information about the 20.7MW Icebreaker offshore wind project in Lake Erie before going ahead with a permit application. The state Power Siting Board said the proponent must submit memorandums of understanding (MoU) with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (DNR) for pre-, during- and post-construction monitoring studies and analyses for project impacts on birds, bats, fisheries and other aquatic resources.
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