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May 17, 2017

Solar, Wind Industries Pitch Job Growth to New Administration

By By Rebecca Kern, Bloomberg BNA  •    •  Posted 2017-05-17 06:33:21

The solar and wind industries are pushing a message they think sells well even with an administration fixed on helping fossil fuels: Renewable energy creates jobs. Solar and wind are among fastest growing sectors in the economy, and the trend is projected to continue, the renewable industries say. “Our messaging all along has been jobs,” Christopher Mansour, vice president of federal affairs at the Solar Energy Industries Association, said. “When you’re talking to any politician at the federal, state or local level …. jobs equals voters, and so jobs is such a strong message for decision makers at all levels,” Mansour told Bloomberg BNA. [ read more … ]

How Scottish Wind Power Beat Trump But Lost the War

By Jess Shankleman, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2017-05-17 06:34:05

Scotland was so bullish about becoming Europe’s wind energy hub its politicians fell out with a brash real-estate developer and reality TV star called Donald Trump. Five years on, Trump’s ambitions have taken him to the White House. But instead of the 950 offshore turbines Scotland envisioned by the end of 2017, it has only 63 because of legal battles, geographical challenges and caps on government aid. [ read more … ]

‘Vulnerable Voices’ Lash Out as Companies Sway Climate Talks

By HIROKO TABUCHI, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2017-05-17 06:34:51

Developing nations and environmental groups are challenging some of the world’s biggest companies and wealthiest countries over the role corporate lobbyists play in United Nations climate change negotiations. The dispute opens an additional battle in the struggle over how to fashion a global response to climate change, one that corporate interests appear to be winning, for now. [ read more … ]

Industry groups decry grid study’s ‘faulty premise’

Christa Marshall, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-05-17 06:35:19

The Department of Energy is relying on a “faulty premise” in conducting a study about grid reliability and subsidies, four industry groups told Energy Secretary Rick Perry today. The American Council on Renewable Energy, the American Wind Energy Association, the Solar Energy Industries Association and Advanced Energy Economy say they are disappointed that DOE is choosing to not make its grid review “public and open” to industry input. It’s not the case that the loss of coal and nuclear generation will lead to declining grid reliability, they said. [ read more … ]

Renewable groups push back on Energy Department electric grid study

By Devin Henry, The Hill  •    •  Posted 2017-05-17 06:35:37

Four renewable energy groups on Tuesday pushed back against a Department of Energy power sector review that they say threatens wind, solar and other industries.

In a letter to Energy Secretary Rick Perry, the groups said the agency’s study on the electric grid is “based on a faulty premise” that the growing renewable energy sector is to blame for the retirement of coal and nuclear plants that, in turn, puts grid reliability at risk.
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Dakota coal industry digs in as wind power sweeps the state

Daniel Cusick, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-05-17 06:35:59

From the cab of the 7,000-ton dragline Chief Ironside, the gray-brown subsurface of central North Dakota is peeled back in 160-ton bucket loads, revealing a 10-foot-thick seam of lignite that runs like a ribbon through the rolling plains north of Bismarck. This is the fuel that made North Dakota a fossil energy state long before the Bakken Shale produced its first barrel of oil. And for places like Underwood — home of the sprawling Falkirk mine and its primary customer, the 1,100-megawatt Coal Creek Station — it is the lifeblood of a regional economy centered on coal and coal-fired power.But the risk of disruptive change lies just over the horizon. [ read more … ]

Miners increase green energy use to power their pits

By Barbara Lewis, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2017-05-17 06:36:18

Major mining companies, including some of the world’s biggest suppliers of fossil fuel, are seeking to use more renewable energy themselves as they strive to drive down costs and curb emissions. Glencore, the world’s biggest shipper of seaborne coal, said in Tuesday’s 2017 sustainability report that it gets 19 percent of its energy from renewable sources, up a percentage point from last year’s report. [ read more … ]

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