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June 16, 2017

Nev. restored net metering. Is it a national model?

Benjamin Storrow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-06-16 06:41:47

The unlikely scene that unfolded in Las Vegas yesterday looked like this: There was Gov. Brian Sandoval, a Republican, seated before a table resembling a solar panel, ready to sign a bill restoring net metering in Nevada. Tesla Inc.’s red logo highlighted the scene. It was attached to a warehouse wall, serving as a backdrop. Nearby, a crowd of solar advocates, environmentalists and state lawmakers looked on. “I believe, humbly, it will be a national model across the country,” the governor told the crowd. “I’m as competitive as it gets, and I want Nevada to truly be a leader in energy policy.” [ read more … ]

Pruitt fares better than budget in 1st hearing as agency chief

George Cahlink, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-06-16 06:42:09

U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, a polarizing figure in energy and environmental circles, emerged yesterday from his first appearance on Capitol Hill largely unscathed. But his hard-cutting budget, aimed at refocusing the agency on its core mission, is likely in tatters. [ read more … ]

Tariffs would cost 88K jobs — trade group

Christa Marshall, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-06-16 06:43:03

The U.S. would lose a third of its solar jobs if the Trump administration adopts tariffs under consideration by the U.S. International Trade Commission, according to data released by the Solar Energy Industries Association. Overall, an estimated 88,000 jobs would disappear if American manufacturer Suniva Inc. is successful in its trade case in favor of the new tariffs, SEIA said. [ read more … ]

Agency dismantling international climate office

Hannah Northey, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-06-16 06:42:37

The Department of Energy confirmed it is shuttering an international climate office to eliminate “unnecessary duplication” but shot back at suggestions it was stepping away from promoting clean energy. Shaylyn Hynes, a DOE spokeswoman, said the agency has been looking for ways to consolidate duplicative programs, and shuttering the Office of International Climate and Technology was one way to do it. [ read more … ]

While California, New York push hard on clean energy, Texas hopes the market is enough

By Mitchell Schnurman, Dallas Morning News  •    •  Posted 2017-06-16 06:43:35

“There was a desire to just let the market do it,” said Gavin Dillingham of the Houston Advanced Research Center. This is what passes for energy policy in Texas in 2017, at least at the statehouse. In contrast, the governor of California recently met with leaders from China and Germany to strengthen ties on climate change and clean energy. New York is reshaping its electricity system and setting ambitious goals for renewables and emissions. Nevada has pushed several bills to spur energy storage and more wind and solar. [ read more … ]

Proposed Wisconsin Transmission Line Splits Environmental Groups In Midwest

By Chris Malina, Wisconsin Public Radio  •    •  Posted 2017-06-16 06:43:55

A proposed transmission line that would span from southeast Iowa to Middleton has environmental activists split. Despite being in the planning stages, the Cardinal-Hickory Creek Transmission Line has emerged as a divisive issue in the region. While the exact route hasn’t been finalized, the line would crisscross the Driftless Region of Wisconsin, with the intent of connecting wind farms in the area to the power grid. [ read more … ]

Wind power group’s new ad campaign aims to win over Trump

By Timothy Cama. The Hill  •    •  Posted 2017-06-16 06:44:21

The wind power industry is launching a major new advertising campaign to convince the Trump administration and lawmakers of the industry’s benefits to the economy. American Wind Action launched last year to advocate for pro-wind policies, said it is spending millions of dollars on what it’s calling an education campaign. [ read more … ]

Oil firms to increase wind and solar investments

By E&E  •    •  Posted 2017-06-16 06:44:53

The oil industry will step up investments in renewable energy as firms fall behind on discovering new crude reserves, according to separate reports published Monday. Since oil prices began falling in 2014, proved liquid reserves have dropped 15 percent to around 100 billion barrels.
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Apple Issues a Second Green Bond to Finance Clean Energy

By Alex Webb, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2017-06-16 06:45:15

Apple Inc., which issued the biggest green bond ever sold by a U.S. corporation last year to finance projects fighting global warming, is doing it again. On Tuesday, the iPhone maker issued a $1 billion green bond to fund renewable energy generation. It builds on $1.5 billion worth of bonds the Cupertino, California-based company sold a year ago to further its goal of running 100 percent of its operations on renewable energy.
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