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June 9, 2017

US Bucks Trend Amid Increases for Clean Energy Research

By Matthew Brown, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2017-06-09 06:43:58

Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli outlined a massive effort to update transmission lines, develop cleaner burning coal plants and continue expanding solar and wind power capacity, in which China already ranks number one in the world. Zhang said China intends to make clean energy a “new growth point” in its slowing economic expansion. He singled out the U.S. for potential future cooperation. [ read more … ]

Trump’s plan to cut basic energy research finds an unlikely opponent: oil executives

By Steven Mufson, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2017-06-09 06:44:39

A group of business leaders has sent a letter to the top Democrats and Republicans on the Appropriations committees urging them to maintain basic research funding, especially in energy, that President Trump has proposed to slash or eliminate. The letter signed by 14 senior figures from the business world — including trade group leaders and current or former executives in technology, finance, utilities, oil exploration, and military and civilian aerospace — said Congress should “invest in America’s economic and energy future by funding vital programs in energy research and development at the Department of Energy.” [ read more … ]

China passes U.S. as world’s top EV market

Camille von Kaenel, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-06-09 06:45:17

Electric vehicle sales are surging but could still fall below increasingly ambitious goals if incentives aren’t maintained, according to the International Energy Agency. The number of EVs on the road jumped to 2 million in 2016, more than doubling from 2015, according to the Global EV Outlook 2017. More than 750,000 plug-in EVs were sold last year, a record high. However, that fast growth has been slowing down. In 2016, sales of the clean cars grew 60 percent, down from 77 percent in 2015 and 85 percent in 2014. [ read more … ]

Tesla envisions up to 20 ‘Gigafactories’ worldwide

Anne C. Mulkern, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-06-09 06:45:59

Tesla Inc. will open as many as 20 large factories worldwide as it makes multiple models of electric cars and batteries to store energy, co-founder and CEO Elon Musk said yesterday. Speaking at a shareholder meeting at the company’s headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif., Musk outlined a vision of the company as far larger than it is now and one helping to bring a package of carbon-free solutions. [ read more … ]

DOE official says offshore deployment to increase, despite Paris Accord exit

By Renewable Energy News  •    •  Posted 2017-06-09 06:47:24

US states will develop offshore wind farms at an increasing rate, despite federal government plans to withdraw from the Paris Accord on climate change, according to a US Department of Energy (DOE) official. “States have a significant authority and autonomy when establishing energy policy and the dominoes have begun to tip,” said Jose Zayas, director of wind energy technologies at the DoE. [ read more … ]

Op-Ed: Why red states should oppose Trump on climate

By Roopali Phadke, CNN  •    •  Posted 2017-06-09 06:47:56

For these reasons, many Republican political leaders had urged Trump to stay in the Paris treaty and pursue the expansion of wind energy. The bi-partisan Governors’ Wind and Solar Energy Coalition, which includes governors from 20 states, wrote to Trump back in March arguing, “The nation’s wind and solar energy resources are transforming low-income rural areas in ways not seen since the passage of the Homestead Act over 150 years ago.” [ read more … ]

t’s ‘exceedingly rare’ for a fire to have engulfed this wind turbine in Iowa

By Aaron Young, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted 2017-06-09 06:46:52

A wind turbine in northwest Iowa caught on fire and one of its blades fell to the ground as seen in a video captured by a resident early Monday. Chief Deputy Kevin Wollmuth of the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office said the initial call about the fire was made around 4:30 a.m. Monday, where officers arrived at the intersection of 120th Street and White Avenue near the small town of Harris, about 220 miles from Des Moines. [ read more … ]

DONG Energy to Incorporate Batteries Into UK Offshore Wind Farm

By Julie Astrid Thomsen, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2017-06-09 06:46:25

Danish state-controlled utility and wind power developer DONG Energy will install a battery system at its Burbo Bank Offshore wind farm off the coast of Britain to help deliver stable supplies to the grid, it said on Wednesday. It will be the first time an offshore wind farm is integrated with batteries designed to maintain a stable output frequency, DONG said in a statement. [ read more … ]

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