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May 19, 2017

Trump’s budget expected to massively slash research on renewable energy — and ‘clean coal’

By Chris Mooney, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2017-05-19 06:36:14

The Trump administration is expected to propose massive cuts to federal government research on wind and solar energy next week, according to current and former Energy Department officials familiar with budget discussions. The department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), which funds research on advanced vehicles as well as other aspects of clean energy, would face a roughly 70 percent cut in 2018, carving about $ 1.45 billion from its $2.09 billion 2017 budget. [ read more … ]

EPA sets aside $12M for buyouts

Kevin Bogardus, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-05-19 06:36:46

U.S. EPA is setting aside millions of dollars to offer its staff in early retirement and buyout packages. An internal budget memo obtained by E&E News shows EPA has slated $12 million in incentive payments for the remainder of this fiscal year to encourage employees to leave the agency. “Senior leadership made decisions to allocate the carryover funds set aside earlier this year to address agency’s priorities for incentive payments for workforce reshaping,” said the memo, which was signed by David Bloom, EPA’s acting chief financial officer. [ read more … ]

U.S. works on climate interests relevant if Trump stays in U.N. pact

By Alister Doyle, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2017-05-19 06:37:16

A pared-down U.S. delegation has quietly worked to promote long-standing U.S. climate interests at global talks in Germany even though President Donald Trump is threatening to pull out of an agreement largely designed by Washington. U.S. delegates at the May 8-18 talks in Bonn, seeking detailed rules for the 2015 Paris Agreement to shift the world economy from fossil fuels, have stopped short of stressing Trump’s doubts that climate change has a human cause.
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Murkowski predicts ‘brighter lights’ from Trump on climate

Brittany Patterson, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-05-19 06:37:33

A key Republican lawmaker yesterday suggested the Trump administration may coalesce around a climate change policy. “I do think that you’re going to see some brighter lights out of the administration in terms of where they see the focus on climate initiatives,” said Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski [ read more … ]

Offshore wind energy gears up to hook up

By Mary Ann Bragg, Cape Cod Times  •    •  Posted 2017-05-19 06:38:03

As three offshore wind energy developers move closer to preparing construction plans for areas south of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, each will spend time this summer exploring where to install transmission cables to connect their turbines to the grid. “We started mobilization last week,” Bay State Wind permitting project manager Pernille Hermansen said Tuesday at a regional stakeholder task force meeting in Falmouth. “That was one vessel, and we just mobilized another vessel yesterday.” [ read more … ]

Clean Line Energy signs ex-House staffer

Sam Mintz, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-05-19 06:38:22

A former House Appropriations staffer has signed to lobby for Clean Line Energy Partners, according to registration papers. Doug Bobbitt worked as a senior policy adviser on the House Appropriations Committee to former Rep. Tom Latham (R-Iowa), who retired in 2015 after 20 years in Congress.
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Moniz joins fusion energy company

Umair Irfan, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-05-19 06:38:42

Former Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz has joined California-based Tri Alpha Energy Inc., a company developing fusion power, as a member of its board of directors. “Ernie’s wide breadth of experience in innovative energy technologies and policies will help further our company’s pursuit of safe, clean, sustainable, and commercially competitive fusion based electricity generation,” wrote CEO Steve Specker in a release. [ read more … ]

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