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July 7, 2017

NAW Exclusive: Sen. Grassley Talks Trump, Perry And Wind Tax Credits

By Betsy Lillian, North American Wind Power  •    •  Posted 2017-07-07 06:48:48

In light of less-than-favorable comments President Donald Trump recently made in Iowa about wind energy, U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, a staunch proponent of the wind industry and the self-proclaimed father of the production tax credit (PTC), is reiterating his support for wind and clarifying where he believes the president stands. In an interview with North American Windpower, the Republican senator from Iowa also weighed in on the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) now delayed electric grid study, as well as the future of the PTC. [ read more … ]

Renewable Energy Surges Past Nuclear for 1st Time in Decades

By Michael Biesecker, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2017-07-07 06:46:33

For the first time in decades, the United States got more electricity from renewable sources than nuclear power in March and April. The U.S. Energy Information Administration said Thursday that electricity production from utility-scale renewable sources exceeded nuclear generation in the most recent months for which data is available. That’s the first time renewable sources have outpaced nuclear since 1984.
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Renewables Top Nukes in U.S. Power Mix for First Time Since 1984

By Patrick Martin, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2017-07-07 06:47:09

Though President Donald Trump announced plans last month to review U.S. nuclear energy policy, the surge of renewable power signals that reviving the flagging industry will be a complex and costly endeavor. Amid competition from renewables and abundant natural gas from shale basins, more than half of America’s reactors are losing money, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance. That’s prompted states including New York and Illinois to pass legislation clearing the way for nuclear subsidies. [ read more … ]

France to end sale of diesel and gasoline vehicles by 2040

By Bate Felix and Simon Carraud, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2017-07-07 06:47:40

France aims to end the sale of gasoline and diesel vehicles by 2040 and become carbon neutral 10 years later, Ecology Minister Nicolas Hulot said on Thursday at a presentation of measures to keep up momentum on the Paris climate agreement. French President Emmanuel Macron wants to press ahead with implementing the pact to fight climate change after U.S President Donald Trump pulled out of the landmark deal reached in the French capital in 2015. [ read more … ]

Jerry Brown Announces a Climate Summit Meeting in California

By LISA FRIEDMAN, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2017-07-07 06:48:01

Gov. Jerry Brown of California on Thursday reinforced his reputation as America’s de facto leader on climate change, announcing to cheering crowds in Hamburg, Germany that his state would gather leaders from around the world for a global warming summit next year. Speaking by videoconference to the Global Citizens Festival in Hamburg, where President Donald Trump is joining other world leaders for the Group of 20 economic summit, Governor Brown said the president “doesn’t speak for the rest of America” in pulling out of the Paris agreement on climate change. [ read more … ]

Op-Ed: The Energy Secretary Is Wrong: The Grid is Ready for Renewables

By Jacques Leslie, Yale 360  •    •  Posted 2017-07-07 06:51:30

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will soon release a study asserting that wind and solar energy are undermining the electricity grid and that only fossil fuel and nuclear plants can assure the grid’s reliability.

Making this prediction requires no extrasensory powers. It stems directly from the April 14 memo by Energy Secretary Rick Perry that ordered the study. Echoing a popular argument of the fossil fuel industry, Perry wrote that pro-renewables regulations issued by past U.S. administrations “threaten to undercut the performance of the grid” and have caused “the erosion of critical baseload resources” derived from coal, natural gas, and nuclear energy. In stating these controversial views, Perry seemed to dictate the study’s findings. [ read more … ]

Trump’s export push has surprising climate angle

Hannah Northey, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-07-07 06:48:24

President Trump doubled down on his sales pitch today for European leaders to embrace the United States’ massive shale supplies — a message that inadvertently dovetails with some former Obama administration officials who are seeking climate action. Speaking to a crowd in Warsaw, Poland, Trump called on Eastern European leaders to buy American gas to elbow out Russian influence. [ read more … ]

Perry Says Coal-Fired Power Plants Important in US Future

By Christopher S. Rugaber, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2017-07-07 06:49:14

U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry said Thursday that coal-fired power plants are important for the country’s future, and he suggested that energy supply will spark demand. After touring a coal-fired power plant, Perry was asked about the economics of coal when natural gas is far cheaper. West Virginia currently has a boom in gas production but needs more shipping capacity. Several pipeline projects are under way. [ read more … ]

Guffaws follow Perry’s ‘little economics lesson’

Hannah Northey and Christa Marshall, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2017-07-07 06:49:34

Energy Secretary Rick Perry today drew online barbs and jeers and lit up Twitter over comments he made during his first official visit to West Virginia to tour a coal plant. Perry, flanked by Mountain State lawmakers while walking through the 700-megawatt Longview Power coal-fired plant in Maidsville, W.Va., was quoted as saying, “Here’s a little economics lesson: supply and demand. You put the supply out there and the demand will follow.” [ read more … ]

Two proposed wind farms threatening to pull out of NC if moratorium becomes law

By John Murawski, The News & Observer  •    •  Posted 2017-07-07 06:50:00

Two proposed wind farms will likely pull out of eastern North Carolina if an 18-month moratorium on wind farm permits becomes state law, company officials say. Both projects had been expected to apply for state permits as early as this year and potentially could have been generating electricity by 2019. [ read more … ]

Google to start getting Norwegian wind power by September

By Lefteris Karagiannopoulos  •    •  Posted 2017-07-07 06:51:06

Alphabet Inc’s Google unit expects to receive its first wind power from Norway by early September, the company told Reuters on Wednesday. Tellenes wind farm, a 50-turbine strong wind farm of 160-megawatt (MW) capacity that is currently under development, will become Norway’s largest wind farm and Google’s biggest in Europe. [ read more … ]

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