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June 28, 2017

Trump Hails ‘Energy Revolution’ as Exports Surge

By Matthew Daly, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2017-06-28 06:52:46

President Donald Trump on Tuesday hailed an energy revolution marked by surging U.S. exports of oil and natural gas. Trump cited a series of steps the administration has taken to boost energy production and remove government regulations that he argues prevent the United States from achieving “energy dominance” in the global market. [ read more … ]

White House talks energy policy as health care bill is delayed

By Andrew Restuccia, Politico  •    •  Posted 2017-06-28 06:53:27

Energy Secretary Rick Perry held court in the White House briefing room for nearly 40 minutes on Tuesday, delivering an extended riff on energy policy as Senate Republican leaders announced they were delaying a vote on their health care bill. Perry’s remarks made for a bizarre split-screen moment, underscoring the disconnect between the policy themes selected by the White House – this week’s focus is energy – and the news cycle, which this week has been dominated by the health care bill. [ read more … ]

Perry: Trump wants to use energy for ‘global leadership’

By Timothy Cama, The Hill  •    •  Posted 2017-06-28 06:53:50

President Trump wants the United States to use its energy as a geopolitical tool for influence and leadership, Energy Secretary Rick Perry said. Perry spoke with reporters Monday about how he, Trump and the administration see their stated goal of “energy dominance,” in which the U.S. goes beyond energy independence and starts actively competing on multiple global stages through self-sufficiency and exports of natural gas, oil, coal and other forms of energy. [ read more … ]

House bill would slash key DOE programs

Geof Koss and Christa Marshall, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2017-06-28 06:54:14

Department of Energy research and renewable energy programs would see a major funding reduction under the fiscal 2018 House energy-water appropriations bill released today, while the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) would be eliminated entirely. The $37.5 billion bill, set for subcommittee markup this morning, would give DOE $209 million less than the fiscal 2017 spending level but $3.65 billion above the administration’s request, according to a GOP summary. [ read more … ]

‘Bring on More Renewables,’ U.S. Regulator Says as Grid Study Looms

By Timothy Gardner, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2017-06-28 06:54:35

Wind and solar power does not make the U.S. electricity grid less stable, an outgoing federal regulator said on Tuesday, as the Trump administration readies a study that will examine whether renewable energy has had a harmful effect. Colette Honorable, a member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, said at a conference that renewables have different attributes than base load power, which includes coal and nuclear energy, and that those difference need to be overcome. [ read more … ]

Wind Power’s Big Bet: Turbines Taller Than Skyscrapers

By Stine Jacobsen and Vera Eckert, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2017-06-28 06:55:00

Wind farm operators are betting on a new generation of colossal turbines, which will dwarf many skyscrapers, as they seek to remain profitable after European countries phase out subsidies that have defined the green industry since the 1990s. The world’s three leading offshore wind operators – DONG Energy, EnBW and Vattenfall – all told Reuters they were looking to these megaturbines to help adapt to the upcoming reality with dwindling government handouts. [ read more … ]

Proposed ND projects would expand wind energy capacity in region

By Keith Norman, Inforum  •    •  Posted 2017-06-28 06:55:19

A Minnesota electrical cooperative is looking to meet its expansion needs with a new wind energy project in North Dakota, according to Jon Brekke, vice president and chief marketing officer for Great River Energy. “When you compare wind to other new sources of energy, wind is comparable with or without the production tax credit,” he said [ read more … ]

Wind Turbine Blade Breaks in Rural Mid-Michigan; No Injuries

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS  •    •  Posted 2017-06-28 06:55:36

A 160-foot (50-meter) wind turbine blade broke in rural mid-Michigan, leaving it dangling above a field. NextEra Energy Resources spokesman Bryan Garner tells The Saginaw News ( ) that workers were alerted to the break when the turbine in Saginaw County’s Blumfield Township went offline on Monday. No injuries were reported. [ read more … ]

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