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July 23, 2017

Today’s Wind & Solar Energy News is on vacation.  It will return on Tuesday, August 1.  The coalition’s supporting servers will be transferred and updated during that time, and access to our library will be limited.

Trump’s ‘Great National Infrastructure Program’? Stalled

By GLENN THRUSH, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2017-07-23 16:22:07

Infrastructure remains stuck near the rear of the legislative line, according to two dozen administration officials, legislators and labor leaders involved in coming up with a concrete proposal. It awaits the resolution of tough negotiations over the budget, the debt ceiling, a tax overhaul, a new push to toughen immigration laws — and the enervating slog to enact a replacement for the Affordable Care Act. Mr. Trump’s team has yet to produce the detailed plan he has promised to deliver “very soon,” and the president has yet to even name any members to a new board he claimed would green-light big projects. [ read more … ]

NC Gov. Cooper: No offshore oil drilling in the Atlantic Ocean

By John Murawski and Evie Fordham, Charlotte Observer  •    •  Posted 2017-07-23 16:22:28

North Carolina’s Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper said Thursday that his administration will oppose the Trump administration’s efforts to open Atlantic Ocean waters to offshore oil and gas drilling. Cooper’s decision reverses the state’s policy under former Republican Gov. Pat McCrory, who urged federal officials to promote energy exploration in ocean waters to help the nation achieve energy independence. [ read more … ]

Proposed wind farm runs into opposition in Ocean City, Congress

By John Fritze, Baltimore Sun  •    •  Posted 2017-07-23 16:22:58

Ocean City officials are resisting a plan to build a wind farm off Maryland’s coast — among the first of its kind in the nation — and they are taking their fight to Congress. The $1.4 billion project, in the works for seven years, would put as many as 187 wind turbines off the coast of the state’s best-known beach destination. Though the developer has already moved the proposed site farther off shore than originally planned, town officials say the towering structures will interrupt ocean views and hurt tourism. [ read more … ]

Rep. Andy Harris erects new obstacle in path of Md. wind-farm projects

By Rachel Siegel, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2017-07-23 16:23:33

At least one of two offshore wind projects approved by Maryland utility regulators in May could be in jeopardy after an amendment sponsored by Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.) that seeks to push the turbines farther from the coast was approved by the U.S. House Appropriations Committee in the past week. The amendment would block the use of federal funds to conduct reviews of site assessments or construction plans for any turbines closer than 24 nautical miles from the shoreline — funding that officials from one of the projects said is crucial to executing the program. [ read more … ]

Regulators Green-Light Hawaiian Electric’s Path To 100% Renewables

By Betsy Lillian, North American Wind Power  •    •  Posted 2017-07-23 16:24:16

The Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has accepted utility company Hawaiian Electric’s plan charting near-term actions leading to 100% renewable energy by 2045. The Power Supply Improvement Plan Update, accepted by the PUC on July 14, describes the work by Hawaiian Electric, whose subsidiaries include Maui Electric and Hawaii Electric Light, to form the foundation to meet or exceed the state’s renewable portfolio standards (RPS). [ read more … ]

New communications chief has mixed record on climate

Hannah Northey, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-07-23 16:24:44

Last March, Scaramucci appeared to acknowledge the threat of climate change, tweeting, “You can take steps to combat climate change without crippling the economy. The fact many people still believe CC is a hoax is disheartening.” Three months later, Scaramucci said during an interview with a financial publication that the science of climate change was “irrefutable” and called assertions that warming is a hoax “tragic.” [ read more … ]

Opposition grows as more wind energy projects come online

By Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton  •    •  Posted 2017-07-23 16:25:09

New wind power projects are still appearing across the region as Iowa utilities boost the amount of electricity they get from renewable sources. Opposition to those projects is also growing. Lucas Nelsen, a policy program associate with the Center for Rural Affairs, says there are reasons for those objections.
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