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June 14, 2017

Global energy demand stumbles for third year: BP

By Ron Bousso, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2017-06-14 06:16:22

Renewables such as solar and wind power were the fastest-growing source of energy, rising by 12 percent and accounting for a third of the overall growth in demand. Still, renewables provide only 4 percent of the world’s primary energy. China, meanwhile, overtook the United States for the first time as the largest producer of renewable power. [ read more … ]

Texas Governor Signs Tax Credit Bill For Wind Near Military Airfields

By North American Wind Power  •    •  Posted 2017-06-14 06:16:59

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has signed into law a bill that will make wind farms sited near military airfields ineligible for production tax credits. S.B.277, approved by the Republican governor on June 8, “amends current law relating to the eligibility of certain property for certain ad valorem tax incentives relating to wind-powered energy devices,” according to bill sponsor State Sen. Donna Campbell, R-District 25. [ read more … ]

$100M wind project suspended following Tennessee moratorium

By Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2017-06-14 06:17:34

A more than $100 million wind farm project in Tennessee has been put on hold after state lawmakers passed a yearlong moratorium on new turbines being installed in the state. The Crossville Chronicle reports developer Apex Clean Energy of Charlottesville, Virginia, cited “current market conditions” for suspending the project.
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Adelson’s Sands Joins Casinos in Fight Against Nevada’s Clean-Energy Bill

By Mark Chediak, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2017-06-14 06:18:10

Billionaire Sheldon Adelson’s casino company is making a push against a Nevada plan to boost wind and solar power. Adelson’s Las Vegas Sands Corp. and much of the rest of the casino industry are opposing a bill sitting on Republican Governor Brian Sandoval’s desk that would increase the generation of renewable energy in the state. [ read more … ]

Maine wind power’s next phase will be strange for firms used to competing

By By Darren Fishell, Bangor Daily News  •    •  Posted 2017-06-14 06:18:36

Maine wind power is a rural business. That fact provides a conflict point for advocates who say it’s a boost to those rural economies and detractors who argue wind farms mar the landscape. It also frames a point both sides can agree on: Without new power lines, Maine wind power development is at a standstill. [ read more … ]

L.A. and Long Beach mayors sign pact setting zero-emissions goals for ports

By Tony Barboza, Los Angeles Times  •    •  Posted 2017-06-14 06:19:33

The mayors of Los Angeles and Long Beach signed an agreement Monday directing the nation’s largest port complex to reduce air pollution by moving toward zero-emission trucks and yard equipment. The two-page declaration signed by L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti and Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia says the ports “shall advance clean technologies and other efforts to move toward the goal of zero emissions” and establishes targets for zero-emission cargo-handling equipment by 2030 and zero-emission trucks by 2035. [ read more … ]

Trump started using ‘dominance.’ Now his Cabinet is

Brittany Patterson, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-06-14 06:20:09

“Energy independence” is out, and “energy dominance” is in. Trump administration officials are using a new term to describe America’s energy policy that aggressively pushes past the decades-old aspiration in the United States to break free from its addiction to imported energy. [ read more … ]

Pruitt supports ‘sustainable’ goals connected to climate

Niina Heikkinen, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-06-14 06:20:37

The United States signed on to indirect international action on climate change at the recent Group of Seven environment ministers meeting, but it rejected explicit actions to address warming. U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt briefly faced his counterparts in Bologna, Italy, over the weekend, about a week after President Trump announced his decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement. While Pruitt reiterated that the United States would immediately stop action to implement the accord, he did join the other environment ministers in a communiqué agreeing to work toward the United Nations’ 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). [ read more … ]

Op-Ed: America’s energy and economic destiny will be up to the U.S., not the U.N.

By Ryan Zinke, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted 2017-06-14 06:20:55

This month, President Trump took decisive action to pull the United States out of the poorly negotiated Paris Accord. The Paris Accord was a bad deal for America. The agreement, which was crafted by the United Nations and signed by the Obama administration, would kill American jobs and manufacturing and cost our economy trillions of dollars, all while doing little to actually protect the environment, according to an MIT study. [ read more … ]

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