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July 11, 2017

Committee to vote on energy research cuts, water rider

Sam Mintz and Ariel Wittenberg, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2017-07-11 06:40:34

House appropriators this week will mark up the fiscal 2018 energy and water spending bill, which would slash funding for renewable power programs and eliminate the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, as well as advance the Trump administration’s plans to repeal the Clean Water Rule. The Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee approved the $37.5 billion legislation by voice vote last month [ read more … ]

Plans for U.S. Wind Farms Run Into Headwinds

By Erin Ailworth, The Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2017-07-11 06:40:54

After two decades spinning power from the gusts that sweep Europe’s North Sea, the offshore wind industry is finally turning to the U.S. A big hurdle: getting its giant turbines to American waters. No one in the U.S. currently makes turbine towers sizable enough for use in deep waters — one of the many challenges impeding the buildup of offshore wind on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean. [ read more … ]

Dominion Energy to Build 2 Wind Turbines Off Virginia Coast

By Sarah Rankin, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2017-07-11 06:41:15

Dominion Energy announced Monday it is partnering with a Danish energy company to build two wind turbines off the Virginia coast, an effort years in the making that the utility said could lead to the development of a much larger wind farm. DONG Energy will immediately begin design and engineering work on the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind project, with the two six-megawatt turbines expected to be installed off Virginia Beach by the end of 2020, Dominion said.
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Environmental groups push to shorten offshore wind timeline

By Frank Phillips, Boston Globe  •    •  Posted 2017-07-11 06:41:59

After a recent major regulatory decision on offshore wind, environmental groups are imploring the Baker administration to accelerate the state’s nearly 10-year timeline to establish a pioneering clean energy industry in Massachusetts. One of those groups, the Environmental League of Massachusetts, went so far as to accuse Governor Charlie Baker’s regulators of participating in an “unholy alliance” with utility companies to slow down the construction of offshore wind farms and diminish the state’s ability to lure clean energy companies. [ read more … ]

Analysis shows market forces, not policy, driving shifts in power sector

By Monica Trauzzi, E&E  •    •  Posted 2017-07-11 06:43:03

Ahead of this month’s anticipated release of the Department of Energy’s analysis of grid reliability under current market and policy conditions, stakeholders are weighing in on the role of baseload power and the impact policy shifts could have on technology investments. During today’s OnPoint, Paul Hibbard, a principal at the Analysis Group, discusses a new report funded by the American Wind Energy Association and the Advanced Energy Economy Institute that points to low natural gas prices, not state renewable energy policies, driving the shift away from coal and nuclear. [ read more … ]

World leaders voice ‘dissent’ against U.S. climate position

Jean Chemnick, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2017-07-11 06:42:33

Nineteen countries with major economies reaffirmed their commitment to the Paris Agreement over the weekend, highlighting U.S. isolation a month after President Trump pulled the United States out of the deal. In the official communiqué and a separate action plan adopted Saturday at the close of the Group of 20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, leaders made it clear that America stands alone in rejecting emissions commitments and in promoting fossil fuels as a remedy for energy poverty abroad. [ read more … ]

Renewable energy is becoming so cheap the US will meet Paris commitments even if Trump withdraws

By Zoë Schlanger, Quartz  •    •  Posted 2017-07-11 06:43:28

Research analysts at Morgan Stanley believe that renewable energy like solar and wind power are hurtling towards a level of ubiquity where not even politics can hinder them. Renewable energy is simply becoming the cheapest option, fast. Basic economics, the analysts say, suggest that the US will exceed its commitments in the Paris agreement regardless of whether or not president Donald Trump withdraws, as he’s stated he will. [ read more … ]

Op-Ed: China’s Renewable Energy Success Embarrasses Trump’s ‘Energy Dominance’ Plan

By Bill McKibben, Huffington Post  •    •  Posted 2017-07-11 06:44:03

So it is a big deal that for a week in June, Qinghai ran its electric grid entirely on water, wind and sun. One hundred percent renewable — no coal, oil or gas. This was a salutary reminder that even as President Donald Trump backs the U.S. out of the Paris Accord and into the 19th century, progress is continuing apace elsewhere. In fact, progress is accelerating — some truly good news amid the ongoing trauma of climate change. Just last month, huge floods and record drought, which are worsened by climate change, hit different parts of China. [ read more … ]

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