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April 26, 2017

Rising wind power growth to be led by China over next five years

By Nina Chestney, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2017-04-26 06:43:39

China will lead growth in global wind power capacity of almost 65 percent over the next five years, with other Asian countries also developing more renewable energy, the Global Wind Energy Council said on Tuesday. Cumulative wind energy capacity was 487 gigawatts (GW) at the end of 2016, a 12.6 percent rise from the year before and should grow by almost 65 percent to 800 GW by the end of 2021, the GWEC said in its annual report on the industry. [ read more … ]

With Government in Retreat, Companies Step Up on Emissions

By HIROKO TABUCHI, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2017-04-26 06:41:20

The Trump administration may be pondering a retreat from the United States’ climate commitments, but corporate America is moving ahead with its own emissions goals. Nearly half of the Fortune 500 biggest companies in the United States have now set targets to shrink their carbon footprints, according to a report published Tuesday by environmental organizations that monitor corporate emissions pledges. Twenty-five more companies adopted climate targets over the last two years, the groups said. [ read more … ]

Perry says U.S. should stay in Paris deal but change goals

Umair Irfan, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-04-26 06:41:46

Energy Secretary Rick Perry said the United States should stay in the Paris climate change agreement but alter its commitment under the deal. “I’m not going to tell the president of the United States to walk away from the Paris accord,” Perry said at the Bloomberg New Energy Finance Future of Energy Summit in New York City earlier today. “I think we probably need to renegotiate it.”
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Agency asks for comments, gets an earful on climate

Niina Heikkinen, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-04-26 06:42:45

Green groups yesterday swamped U.S. EPA phone lines urging the agency to keep climate and pollution protections on the books. The comments were solicited as part of a three-hour call-in session hosted by EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation aimed at airing public views about whether the agency should reform or review regulations. [ read more … ]

The Cheap Energy Revolution is Here, and Coal Won’t Cut It

By Tom Randal, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2017-04-26 06:43:12

Wind and solar are about to become unstoppable, natural gas and oil production are approaching their peak, and electric cars and batteries for the grid are waiting to take over. This is the world Donald Trump inherited as U.S. president. And yet his energy plan is to cut regulations to resuscitate the one sector that’s never coming back: coal. Clean energy installations broke new records worldwide in 2016, and wind and solar are seeing twice as much funding as fossil fuels, according to new data released Tuesday by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). That’s largely because prices continue to fall. Solar power, for the first time, is becoming the cheapest form of new electricity in the world. [ read more … ]

New wind puts Wyoming top of the list for renewables, but the reality is more complicated

By Heather Richard, Casper Star Tribune  •    •  Posted 2017-04-26 06:44:05

Wyoming, the fourth-largest producer of natural gas and home to the biggest open pit coal mine in the country, recently became the top state for renewable energy per capita. A recent state ranking by the Union of Concerned Scientists, a group advocating for a move to renewable resources for electricity generation, also listed Wyoming as the top state for new renewable energy development. Coming first in any renewable category may be surprising to many in the Cowboy State, and for good reason. The state’s coffers have historically been filled with money from coal, oil and natural gas. [ read more … ]

As Iowa GOP honors Branstad, U.S. Senate plans China confirmation hearing

By Jason Noble, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted 2017-04-26 06:42:22

The hearing on Branstad’s nomination as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the People’s Republic of China — the post’s actual, official title — is set for 9 a.m. next Tuesday. “I hope we can use that great first impression that we made to continue to build a relationship between our two countries for the benefit not only of the United States of America and the People’s Republic of China, but for all the people of the world,” Branstad said. “It’s the biggest challenge I’ve ever taken on, but I appreciate very much the opportunity.” The hearing will be broadcast online on the committee’s website. [ read more … ]

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