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July 13, 2017

RI proves a draw with NGA expecting biggest-ever summer summit

By Ted Nesi, WPRI  •    •  Posted 2017-07-13 05:47:54

The National Governors Association’s leader says this week’s summit in Providence is shaping up to be its biggest-ever summer meeting, with more than 30 governors expected to attend and a head of state addressing the group for the first time. Gov. Gina Raimondo expects to welcome dozens of her counterparts, including Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, to Providence for the meeting – though one of the nation’s most famous governors, New Jersey’s Chris Christie, has canceled his plans to attend. [ read more … ]

Energy-water bill advances with DOE cuts, WOTUS rider intact

Sam Mintz and Ariel Wittenberg, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2017-07-13 05:26:39

“I strongly disapprove of the choice to shun the energy accounts that will invent the future,” said Ohio Rep. Marcy Kaptur, ranking Democrat on the Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee. The subcommittee’s chairman, Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho), hinted that while he stands by the choice to eliminate ARPA-E, that cut may not survive the full appropriations process. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), a senior appropriator in the upper chamber, is particularly supportive of the program. He told Energy Secretary Rick Perry last month that eliminating ARPA-E is “not what we are going to do” [ read more … ]

Harry Reid, Nevada Governor Push Bipartisan Energy Effort

By Alison Noon, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2017-07-13 05:27:31

Two key players in the Republican and Democratic parties in Nevada are teaming up to host a clean-energy talk as the White House abandons a worldwide agreement to curb climate change and states are moving to the forefront of the fight. Former Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Wednesday that he’s bringing back a summit last headlined by President Barack Obama in 2015. This time, the co-host is a Republican — Gov. Brian Sandoval — a bipartisan move as Congress remains gridlocked on health care and other issues. [ read more … ]

U.S. Cities, States and Businesses Pledge to Measure Emissions

By HIROKO TABUCHI and LISA FRIEDMAN, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2017-07-13 05:28:18

A coalition of American states, cities and businesses that have pledged to stick with the Paris climate pact will team up with experts to quantify their climate commitments and share their plans with the United Nations, vowing to act in spite of the Trump administration’s exit from the accord. President Trump said last month that the United States would withdraw from the Paris deal, isolating the United States on the world stage. At a Group of 20 summit meeting last week, world leaders agreed to move forward collectively on climate change without the United States, declaring the landmark 2015 pact “irreversible.” [ read more … ]

Colorado signs on to U.S. Climate Alliance, joining states committed to exceeding Trump’s rejected Paris climate targets

By Bruce Finley, Denver Post  •    •  Posted 2017-07-13 05:27:56

Colorado on Tuesday joined the growing number of states and cities committed to meeting or exceeding greenhouse gas reduction targets set in the international Paris climate treaty that President Donald Trump rejects. Gov. John Hickenlooper issued an executive order compelling a greenhouse gas emissions cut before 2025 by at least 26 percent below 2005 levels. Hickenlooper also declared Colorado will sign on to the U.S. Climate Alliance of states and companies countering the Trump administration by shifting more quickly to wind and solar energy. This move added Western heft to widening efforts to try to ease the impacts of rising temperatures. [ read more … ]

Electricity Overtook Fossil Fuels in Push for Investment in 2016

By Anna Hirtenstein, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2017-07-13 05:28:50

Electricity drew in more investment than fossil fuel supply for the first time last year as the energy industry prepared for electrification of everything from cars to buildings and industrial processes. Power generation and electricity grid expansions took in $718 billion, 42 percent of the $1.7 trillion invested in energy last year, according to a report by the International Energy Agency released Tuesday. Oil, gas and coal supply by contrast reaped $708 billion, a drop from last year reflecting lower prices and profits by major oil companies. [ read more … ]

Op-Ed:Out-of-state authors are out of touch on Iowa wind energy

By Jon Kallen , Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted 2017-07-13 05:29:16

I feel a civic duty to respond to a recent guest editorial from the Heartland Institute, an Illinois organization that critiqued wind energy in our state. It might seem acceptable for two guys in a Chicago office to offer their “expertise” on Iowa wind energy, but here in Iowa, we know better. There were so many inaccuracies in the column that are counter to everything Iowans know about renewable energy, but I only have space to address a few here. [ read more … ]

Trump nominates 2 for top agency slots

Christa Marshall, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-07-13 05:29:39

President Trump has nominated officials from Berkshire Hathaway Energy Co. and JPMorgan Chase & Co. to two top Department of Energy positions. Mark Wesley Menezes has been tapped to be undersecretary of Energy. He was the chief counsel on the House Energy and Commerce Committee from 2003 to 2006 and worked on the Energy Policy Act of 2005. Currently vice president of federal relations at Berkshire Hathaway Energy, Menezes also formerly headed the energy practice at Hunton & Williams LLP and was vice president at Central and South West Corp., which later merged with American Electric Power Co. Inc. [ read more … ]

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