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May 22, 2017

Lawmakers expected to snub White House budget

George Cahlnk, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-05-22 06:23:13

“There is just some of this stuff in here that does not make sense,” said Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho), the chairman of the House Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee. He said he was especially concerned with a move to cut all funding (about $300 million) for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, as well as reductions in tribal programs. Simpson also said he’s worried that DOE’s science programs would be “decimated” under the White House’s proposal. He said he does not believe the proposed $54 billion in cuts would have enough support to pass the House. “Hell, I wouldn’t vote for most of them,” said Simpson, who warned Congress might be headed toward a stopgap funding measure for all of fiscal 2018 if the administration does not back off its demands for those cuts.
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Wind Project in Wyoming Envisions Coal Miners as Trainees

By DIANE CARDWELL, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2017-05-22 04:28:36

Goldwind Americas, an arm of a leading wind-turbine manufacturer based in China, has been expanding its business in the United States. It has been careful to seek out local, American workers for permanent jobs on the wind farms it supplies. Now it is trying to extend that policy to an unlikely place: Wyoming, which produces more coal than any other state and has hardly welcomed the march of turbines across the country, even imposing a tax on wind-energy generation. On Thursday at an energy conference in Wyoming, the company announced plans for a free training program for one of the nation’s fastest-growing jobs: wind farm technician. And it is aiming the program at coal miners having trouble finding work, as well as those from other industries. [ read more … ]

Technical climate collaboration with China continues under Trump

Jean Chemnick, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-05-22 04:29:02

President Trump has called climate change a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese, but next week, his U.S. EPA will sponsor a technical conference in China encouraging that country to cut greenhouse gas emissions from shipping. The U.S.-China Green Ports and Vessels Initiative on Tuesday and Wednesday will hold a two-day meeting in the port city of Tianjin, where emissions inventory practices, fuel alternatives and other technical issues are on the agenda. Jane Nishida, acting assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of International and Tribal Affairs, will provide a video message for the conference, which is co-sponsored by China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection. [ read more … ]

California grid sets record, with 67% of power from renewables

By Dominic Fracassa, San Francisco Chronicle  •    •  Posted 2017-05-22 04:29:43

Early Saturday afternoon, renewable sources produced a record 67.2 percent of the electricity on the portion of the state’s power grid controlled by the California Independent System Operator. That figure does not include large hydropower facilities, which added another 13.5 percent. Based in Folsom, the ISO runs 80 percent of the state’s grid. More than half of the renewable energy flowing across the grid at that moment on Saturday came from large solar facilities and wind farms. The ISO’s numbers do not even account for electricity from rooftop solar arrays. [ read more … ]

Tale of two grids: Upstate wind power needs more extension cords to NYC

By Tim Knauss, Syracuse.com  •    •  Posted 2017-05-22 04:29:23

Today’s release of the annual Power Trends report on the New York electric grid is another reminder of how much work remains to meet Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s goal of producing 50 percent of the state’s power from renewable sources by 2030. Even if developers build the vast array of wind and solar farms required to hit the goal, the electric grid needs work to be able to handle the throughput, according to Power Trends 2017, the annual report from the New York Independent System Operator. [ read more … ]

How Rollbacks at Scott Pruitt’s E.P.A. Are a Boon to Oil and Gas

By HIROKO TABUCHI and ERIC LIPTON, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2017-05-22 04:30:22

In just the last three months, with Mr. Pruitt in charge, the E.P.A. postponed a long-planned rule requiring companies like Devon to retrofit drilling equipment to prevent leaks of methane gas — a major contributor to climate change — and to collect more data on how much of the gas is spewing into the air. The Interior Department, meanwhile, announced this month that it would reconsider a separate rule limiting the burning of unwanted methane gas from wells drilled on federal and Indian lands, a process called flaring. That announcement came the same day the Senate narrowly rejected industry calls to repeal the same rule. [ read more … ]

U.S. Senate set to vote on Branstad confirmation today

By KCCI, Des Moines  •    •  Posted 2017-05-22 04:27:45

The U.S. Senate is set to vote on confirmation of Gov. Terry Branstad as the new U.S. Ambassador to China. Sen. Charles Grassley said Thursday that the Senate is scheduled to vote Monday at 5:30 p.m. Branstad is expected to be confirmed as U.S. ambassador to China and resigns as governor. [ read more … ]

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