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August 29, 2017

Trump says ‘bring me some tariffs’ as solar decision looms

Christa Marshall, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-08-29 06:45:43

Ahead of a possible trade decision that could shock the global solar industry, President Trump told his senior advisers, “I want tariffs,” according to media reports. Trump’s comments in the Oval Office, first described by Axios, reportedly came during retired Gen. John Kelly’s first week as chief of staff during a discussion about plans to investigate China for stealing U.S. intellectual property and technology. When asked whether he would sign a memo to investigate China, Trump said he would, but added that “it’s not what I’ve asked for the last six months.” [ read more … ]

Apple’s Tim Cook Barnstorms for ‘Moral Responsibility’

By Andrew Ross Sorkin, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2017-08-29 06:44:48

When Mr. Cook announced, for example, the new data facility in Waukee, he said it would run fully on renewable energy. But he slipped in another fact that has largely gone unnoticed: Over the past several years, Mr. Cook has gotten all of the company’s corporate facilities in the United States to run on wind and solar energy — in their entirety. “We’re running Apple a hundred percent on renewable energy today” in the United States, he said over breakfast, “and we’ve now hit that in 23 other countries around the world.” [ read more … ]

Iowa’s wind power ‘paramount’ to Apple’s decision on new data centers

By O. Kay Henderson, Iowa Radio  •    •  Posted 2017-08-29 06:45:22

If the energy from wind turbines hadn’t been here, the chief executive of Apple today said his company would not have chosen Iowa as the site for two new data centers. During an interview with Radio Iowa this afternoon, Apple CEO Tim Cook called renewable energy “paramount” to the decision. “For us, that’s kind of a gate. If we couldn’t do that, we would not be here,” Cook said. “To Iowa’s credit, Iowa saw this and had the vision to work with the utilities and so forth so it could happen. I think that says a lot about the people here and how they work together.” [ read more … ]

Gov. Carney wants to revisit offshore wind in Delaware

By Scott Gross, The News Journal  •    •  Posted 2017-08-29 06:46:09

Delaware is once again pushing to have wind turbines built off its shores, reviving a debate that had gone quiet for several years. Gov. John Carney says he will sign an executive order Monday to create a “working group” tasked with studying the issue and recommending steps the First State can take to get an offshore wind project underway. [ read more … ]

Wind energy in California: The good news and bad news

By Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union Tribune  •    •  Posted 2017-08-29 06:46:39

Which way is the wind blowing in California? In some respects, wind energy in the state has never been better but by other measurements growth has flat-lined for the past four years. [ read more … ]

Editorial: Energy Department surprises Rick Perry with a reassuring study of power grid. Oops

By Editorial Board, St. Louis Post-Dispatch  •    •  Posted 2017-08-29 06:46:55

The grid reliability study did recommend that federal agencies expedite permits for hydroelectric, coal and nuclear plants. The Environmental Protection Agency already has moved to cut regulations for new coal-fired plants, but even so, market forces make such investments dicey. Natural gas continues to be cheap, alternative sources like wind and solar are cheap, clean and growing and appliances are more energy-efficient, meaning energy use is down. These are good things. Trump’s Energy Department has now acknowledged that. The president should, too. [ read more … ]

Opportunity Abounds as Washington Builds the Modern Electricity Grid

By Benjamin Romano, Xconomy.com  •    •  Posted 2017-08-29 06:47:17

The Horn Rapids Solar, Storage, and Training Project embodies a long chain of public and private sector efforts that have positioned the state, and the broader Pacific Northwest, as a leader in the grid modernization and energy storage industries. The project is funded in part by a Washington state grant program that has helped several companies get their technologies in the field [ read more … ]

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