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May 11, 2017

Tesla Starts Selling Solar Roof; Says Savings to Cover Costs

By The Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2017-05-11 06:32:53

Electric car maker Tesla has added another product to its lineup: Solar roof tiles. As of Wednesday, customers worldwide could order a solar roof on Tesla’s web site. Installations will begin next month in the U.S., starting with California. Installations outside the U.S. will begin next year, the company said. [ read more … ]

Tesla starts selling solar roofs

Christa Marshall, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-05-11 06:33:18

Tesla Inc. is ramping up its entry into the solar power market with an announcement today it is taking orders for a new “solar roof” product. The company unveiled the solar roof concept in October as part of its broader vision to fight climate change and acquire SolarCity Corp. Analysts said the product could be transformational, but some said they were skeptical, considering CEO Elon Musk did not outline pricing or announce contracts with the construction industry [ read more … ]

Obama Sees New Front in Climate Change Battle: Agriculture

By STEPHANIE STROM, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2017-05-11 06:33:48

The powerful agriculture lobby in Washington, he said, can also hinder change. “Historically in the United States, the one area where Democrats and Republicans agree is on the agriculture committees, because the members usually come from agricultural states and they’re very good at joining across party lines to protect the interests of food producers,” Mr. Obama said. “It makes for a difficult political dynamic for us being able to shape rational policy.” [ read more … ]

Obama Remarks Short-Change Ag and Forestry Roles in Combating Climate Change

By Ernie Shea, 25 x 25  •    •  Posted 2017-05-11 06:47:58

While the former president’s remarks may be unfortunate, they underscore the need for agriculture and forestry to be at the table of all ongoing discussions about dealing with a changing climate. Policy makers around the world need to understand that important and substantial work has long been underway to address the challenge of agricultural productivity amidst a growing global population and changing climate. [ read more … ]

China’s President Xi says to uphold global climate deal

By Philip Wen, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2017-05-11 06:34:06

Chinese President Xi Jinping told French President-elect Emmanuel Macron in a phone call on Tuesday that he would uphold the Paris Agreement on curbing climate change. China, the world’s top emitter of greenhouse gases, and France should “protect the global governance achievements contained within the Paris Agreement on climate change”, Xi told Macron, the Chinese foreign ministry said. [ read more … ]

Op-Ed: An ill wind blows in Augusta

By Philip Conkling, Bangor daily News  •    •  Posted 2017-05-11 06:34:53

Long ago and in a different reality, the Maine Legislature approved a set of ambitious goals for developing Maine’s offshore wind resources, which are the largest off the country’s Atlantic coastline. Now, the Legislature may completely abandon these ambitions. In 2009, the Renewable Ocean Energy law directed Maine’s Department of Conservation to establish offshore sites where the technology for floating wind turbines could be demonstrated and tested. Two groups immediately went to work on developing the technology in an attempt to open up this potentially vast renewable energy resource. [ read more … ]

Op-Ed: Consumers prefer clean energy

By John Byrne, John Dernbach, Baltimore Sun  •    •  Posted 2017-05-11 06:35:10

President Donald Trump’s climate change executive order is intended to roll back government policies that allegedly are holding fossil fuels back. It’s true that fossil fuels, and especially coal, are losing market share and investor confidence: The world’s 40 largest coal companies saw their market capitalization decrease by a stunning 37 percent between 2010 and 2015. But what really holds fossil fuels back is that investors and consumers prefer clean energy. [ read more … ]

Former Bush official jumps from API to wind group

Christa Marshall, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-05-11 06:34:31

A former U.S. EPA and George W. Bush administration official is joining the American Wind Energy Association as senior vice president for government and public affairs. Amy Farrell heads to AWEA next month from the American Petroleum Institute, where she is group director for market development. In that role, she has been outspoken about natural gas as baseload power when “the wind doesn’t blow” [ read more … ]

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