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July 5, 2017

Trump vows to ‘unleash’ American energy but unveils only modest new steps

By Steven Mufson and Chris Mooney, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2017-07-05 04:31:16

Riding a wave of shale drilling that doubled the country’s total oil and gas production during the Obama administration, Trump said: “We’re here today to usher in a new American energy policy, one that unlocks millions and millions of jobs and trillions of dollars in wealth.” But energy experts were not impressed with the measures Trump unveiled Thursday, saying they would have little effect.
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Solar Trade Case, With Trump as Arbiter, Could Upend Market

By DIANE CARDWELL, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2017-07-05 04:32:18

Millions of Americans now get their electricity, at least in part, from the solar panels that have rapidly spread throughout the country since 2010, thanks to their sharply declining cost. For customers — including homeowners, businesses and utilities — as well as for the companies that promote and install them, cheap solar panels have been a good thing. But for American manufacturers, those cheap panels — specifically, a glut of low-cost supplies from overseas — have not been a good thing, driving more than a dozen of them to the brink of bankruptcy and beyond. [ read more … ]

Solar Moves in a Curious Direction Since Trump Quit Paris Deal: Up

By Joe Ryan, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2017-07-05 04:31:49

In the month since President Donald Trump vowed to withdraw from the Paris climate accord, shares of U.S. solar companies have taken a curious turn. They’ve gone sharply up. [ read more … ]

Utility proceeds with big wind investment in top coal state

By Mead Gruver, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2017-07-05 04:33:33

President Donald Trump’s efforts to roll back coal and climate-change regulations aren’t discouraging a utility from making a $3.5 billion investment in wind energy, the bulk of which will build dozens of new wind turbines in the top coal-producing state. Rocky Mountain Power is ready to present its detailed wind plan to regulators in Wyoming, Utah and Idaho, utility officials announced Thursday. [ read more … ]

Massachusetts Moves Toward Energy Independence on Independence Weekend

By Bill White, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center  •    •  Posted 2017-07-05 04:32:55

Massachusetts Electric Distribution companies, in coordination with the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, issued an RFP for Long-Term Contracts for Offshore Wind Energy Projects. The RFP, which represents the largest competitive solicitation for offshore wind in the United States, requires a bid of 400 MW and provides the option of submitting alternate bids between 200-800 MW. Bids are due December 20, 2017. Selection of projects for negotiations is April 23, 2018 and submittal of PPA contracts for DPU approval is July 31, 2018. [ read more … ]

NC General Assembly ends, but lawmakers to return soon, often

By GARY D. ROBERTSON Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2017-07-05 04:33:58

The final product contained a moratorium on state permits for wind energy facilities sought by the Senate in the name of protecting air space used by eastern North Carolina military bases for training missions. The 18-month pause is less than the 3½ years originally demanded by the Senate. Renewable energy groups have been worried two pending wind farm projects could be scuttled. [ read more … ]

Denver Will Use Pena Station as Its Smart City Test Bed

By Jenny McGrath, Digital Trends  •    •  Posted 2017-07-05 04:34:51

Denver’s green streak continues when it comes to energy options as well. Colorado is a founding member of the Governors’ Wind & Solar Energy Coalition, and Wendt thinks Denver’s diverse energy options give utility companies the opportunity to act as a service provider: “What I would suspect is that Colorado will lead the way in offering several options for customers to choose whether they want their energy from traditional fossil fuels or solar and wind or a combination.” [ read more … ]

Iowa State worked with utilities to uproot key energy center

By Ryan J. Foley, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2017-07-05 04:34:22

Lawmakers in April approved a bill transferring the center to the Iowa Economic Development Authority, giving it a more industry-friendly mission and eliminating its funding source in 2022. The move was a victory for Iowa’s gas and electric utilities, which fund the center through an assessment on their revenues and have questioned some of the center’s research on solar energy. The center has been a national leader in energy efficiency and alternative energy research, promoting biofuels, wind and solar and savings at government buildings. But powerful utilities had increasingly questioned the center’s direction and management, making it a political headache for Iowa State administrators. [ read more … ]

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