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May 2, 2017

Omnibus deal ignores Trump calls for deep energy, enviro cuts

George Cahlink, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-05-02 06:34:34

Congress does not seem eager to address the Trump administration’s push to make steep cuts to energy research and development, including for cleaner power sources. The measure would fund the Department of Energy at $31.2 billion, roughly $1.4 billion more than fiscal 2016 levels. It would give more than $4 billion for applied energy programs, a $123 million increase. And the Office of Science would get $5.4 billion, $42 million more than fiscal 2016. The measure would provide $2.1 billion for DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, a $17 million increase over current spending. And it would give the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), which President Trump wants to eliminate, $306 million. [ read more … ]

Massachusetts Utilities Propose 800 Megawatts of Offshore Wind

By Joe Ryan, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2017-05-02 06:33:16

National Grid Plc, Unitil Corp. and Eversource Energy proposed buying as much as 800 megawatts of offshore wind energy as a first step to comply with a Massachusetts law to aggressively develop the nascent industry in the U.S. The three utilities asked state regulators to approve a draft plan to solicit bids for offshore wind energy contracts spanning 15 to 20 years, Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources spokesman Kevin O’Shea said in an interview. [ read more … ]

Trump orders offshore review

By Renewable Energy News  •    •  Posted 2017-05-02 06:32:51

The review will look mainly at oil and natural gas production however it will also include offshore wind development, interior secretary Ryan Zinke told reporters on Thursday. Zinke said east coast lawmakers are keen to promote offshore wind and he is “optimistic” about its future. [ read more … ]

Block Island to start getting power from wind turbines

By Mark Harrington, Newsday  •    •  Posted 2017-05-02 06:33:39

Block Island on Monday will formally throw the switch on a first-time connection to the New England energy grid through a new cable to the mainland, and begin receiving power from the country’s first five offshore wind turbines. In an interview Friday, Block Island Power Co. chief executive Jeff Wright said the event will end nearly a century of dependency on loud, smoky diesel-fired power generators that burn about 1 million gallons a year. [ read more … ]

Our Ocean Backyard: Developing an offshore wind farm

By Gary Griggs, Santa Cruz Sentinal  •    •  Posted 2017-05-02 06:34:12

Just a year ago, in a letter to then Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, California Gov. Jerry Brown requested the formation of the Bureau of Offshore Energy Management California Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Task Force. This is a non-decision making group that is facilitating the coordination and communication between the Bureau of Offshore Energy Management and all of the potentially involved or interested agencies and groups in California concerning potential leasing of offshore federal waters (beyond the 3-mile state limit) for renewable energy. [ read more … ]

Senate Dems warn Perry about grid study

Hannah Northey, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-05-02 06:34:59

Senate Democrats say a much-touted Department of Energy study on subsidies and grid reliability could serve a well-connected conservative think tank in Washington: the Institute for Energy Research. Seven senators warned Energy Secretary Rick Perry in a letter today against allowing “ideologues associated with a Koch Brothers-affiliated think tank” to supplant research and analysis from federal scientists, engineers and grid monitors.
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German project looks to home photovoltaic systems to help grid

By Vera Eckert, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2017-05-02 06:35:28

Grid operator Tennet and solar battery maker Sonnen GmbH have launched a pilot project that will tap home photovoltaic (PV) systems to help iron out imbalances on Germany’s power network. TenneT and Sonnen’s e-Services subsidiary aim to sign up 6,000 household PV producers equipped with storage batteries by the end of May. The project will be supported by blockchain technology from IBM, which works as an inexpensive transaction-processing system for tracking and recording encrypted information. [ read more … ]

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