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May 16, 2017

China, India surpass U.S. as most attractive renewables markets: report

By Nina Chestney, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2017-05-16 06:41:09

China and India have surpassed the United States to become the two most attractive countries for renewable energy investment, a report by UK accountancy firm Ernst & Young showed on Tuesday. In an annual ranking of the top 40 renewable energy markets worldwide in terms of allure, China was the top country, followed by India. [ read more … ]

Infrastructure package will land on Hill in a few weeks — Chao

Camille von Kaenel, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-05-16 06:41:37

The Trump administration will send its infrastructure package to Congress in a few weeks, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao told the U.S. Chamber of Commerce today. Sixteen agencies have been preparing the broad package, she said, which will pack $200 billion in direct federal spending for a broad range of projects — from roads and bridges to broadband and energy infrastructure. [ read more … ]

Grid review splits renewable energy providers

Christa Marshall, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-05-16 06:41:57

Several renewable energy groups are urging Energy Secretary Rick Perry to use a contested grid study to consider how their industries are not receiving the same benefits as wind, natural gas and other technologies. Critics see DOE’s review of grid reliability and subsidies as a potential threat to the federal wind tax credit, especially since study leader Travis Fisher has questioned its value and the broader benefit of renewable energy mandates. [ read more … ]

Governor Brown heading to China to promote climate policies

Debra Kahn, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-05-16 06:42:30

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) is going to China early next month to drum up support for climate and clean energy policies as well as general trade cooperation. The weeklong trip will see Brown attend an international clean energy conference in Beijing, the Clean Energy Ministerial, and visit two other economic powerhouses: Chengdu, in the province of Sichuan, and Nanjing, in Jiangsu province. Brown will also host another clean energy forum in Beijing under the auspices of his Under2 Coalition, a group of governments nonbindingly committed to reducing emissions to under 2 tons per capita by 2050.
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Supreme Court stay factors into litigation’s future

Amanda Reilly, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-05-16 06:42:52

The Trump administration asked a federal court today to indefinitely suspend lawsuits over the Clean Power Plan rather than send the litigation back to U.S. EPA. Pausing the litigation indefinitely would conserve judicial resources and maintain the status quo — including the Supreme Court’s February 2016 stay of the Obama administration’s signature climate rule, the Department of Justice argued. [ read more … ]

Gary Griggs, Our Ocean Backyard: We must move toward renewable energy

By Gary Griggs, Santa Cruz Sentenial  •    •  Posted 2017-05-16 06:43:10

We live in an extraordinarily complex and crowded world today, all 7.5 billion of us. We have huge demands for water, food and energy, some of us far more than others, and quite honestly, there isn’t enough to go around. According to the United Nations, 21,000 people around the world die of hunger or hunger-related causes every day. This is one person every four seconds, and most of these are children. [ read more … ]

US Energy Dept. Still Believes That Small Wind Turbines Are Da Bomb

By Tina Casey, CleanTechnica  •    •  Posted 2017-05-16 06:43:29

The renewable energy spotlight shines brightest on the latest crop of supersized wind turbines and gigantic wind farms, but the small wind sector still has a chance to plant its flag on the US energy landscape. In the latest development, the Energy Department is readying another round of funding aimed at accelerating cutting edge technology for distributed wind energy. The funding program is relatively small compared to other federal energy programs — for example, a 2014 round in the same program totaled a measly $1.3 million — but a little goes a long way in the small turbine field. [ read more … ]

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