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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

May 26, 2017

Today’s Wind & Solar Energy News will not be published on Memorial Day.  It will resume on Tuesday, May 30, 2017.

Looking for Trump’s Climate Policy? Try the Energy Department

By BRAD PLUMER, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2017-05-26 06:50:20

Among energy experts, there is broad agreement that the world still needs major technological advances to halt global warming, like better batteries to integrate larger shares of solar and wind power into the grid, or carbon capture to curb pollution from cement plants. Historically, the Energy Department has nurtured these kinds of innovations, conducting basic research in its network of 17 national laboratories and aiding private firms struggling to bring risky technologies to market. But those efforts would be drastically scaled back under President Trump’s fiscal 2018 budget proposal, released on Tuesday, which proposes to cut the agency’s energy programsby $3.1 billion, or 18 percent below last year’s levels. [ read more … ]

EPA has early draft of rollback of Clean Power Plan

Emily Holden, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-05-26 06:51:08

U.S. EPA has drafted the initial rulemaking for rescinding the Clean Power Plan and is developing a related economic analysis, according to an administration official with knowledge of the documents. The regulatory language, known as a “preamble,” is focused on the legal justification for nixing President Obama’s greenhouse gas standards for power plants. [ read more … ]

Pruitt Unsure If EPA Will Replace Clean Power Plan

By Jack Fitzpatrick, Morning Consult  •    •  Posted 2017-05-26 06:50:43

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt said Wednesday the agency may not replace the Obama administration’s greenhouse gas-cutting Clean Power Plan, which the Trump administration is reviewing. The rule was a cornerstone of former President Barack Obama’s actions on climate change and drew criticism from conservatives, including Pruitt, who said it would hurt the economy. As Oklahoma attorney general, Pruitt was involved in the lawsuit against the plan, which led the U.S. Supreme Court to issue a stay on it; he has recused himself from the lawsuit when he came to the EPA. [ read more … ]

Solar giants join forces in quest for tariffs, survival

Christa Marshall, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-05-26 06:51:35

SolarWorld Americas is joining Suniva’s advocacy in favor of solar tariffs, putting most of the U.S. solar manufacturing industry’s heft behind a plan that could start a global trade war. Previously, SolarWorld had said it would stay out of Suniva’s petition to the International Trade Commission to enact tariffs. Suniva, which filed for bankruptcy last month, said it couldn’t compete in the U.S. solar manufacturing industry because of a flood of cheap cells primarily from Asia. [ read more … ]

Xcel CEO surprised by wind’s market power

Daniel Cusick, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-05-26 06:52:06

As head of the nation’s No. 1 utility provider of wind energy, Xcel Energy Inc.’s Ben Fowke is practiced at selling the virtues of wind power to customers and policymakers alike. But in an admission yesterday to industry officials gathered in Anaheim, Calif., Fowke said he didn’t always believe that wind power could meet more than a third of his company’s power portfolio, as it is projected to do by 2021. “Ten years ago, I would never have been comfortable with the amount of wind we have on our system today,” Fowke said at a session at Windpower 2017, the national conference of the American Wind Energy Association. [ read more … ]

Abu Dhabi closes $872 million financing for world’s largest solar plant

By Stanley Carvalho, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2017-05-26 06:52:25

Abu Dhabi’s government-owned power utility has closed a 3.2 billion dirham ($872 million) financing package for what will be the world’s largest solar power plant, the utility’s top official said on Wednesday. Abu Dhabi Water & Electricity Authority (ADWEA) raised $650 million in debt with the remaining $222 million raised in equity, Director General Saif Saleh al-Sayari told reporters. [ read more … ]

The Energy 202: Trump administration has new energy buzzword

By Dino Grandoni, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2017-05-26 06:54:02

In the Trump administration, “energy dominance” has replaced “energy independence” as the go-to phrase for describing the federal government’s broad energy goals — in President Trump’s case, to promote as much oil, gas and coal development as possible. For years, if there was anything both Republicans and Democrats could agree on regarding energy policy (or at least the way they talked about energy policy), it was that the U.S. needed to be “energy independent.”
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