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December 7, 2017

Grassley ready to rumble

By Anthony Adragna, Politico  •    •  Posted 2017-12-07 06:45:13

Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley suggested he’d throw his weight around to alter provisions in the House-passed bill that would change qualification terms for some renewable energy projects and trim the renewable production tax credit. “I would think they’d be embarrassed of even putting it in,” he told reporters. “What is there about wind that would cause them to do something that they haven’t done for anything else?” [ read more … ]

GOP hoping for quick conference on tax overhaul bills

Geof Koss, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-12-07 06:44:55

The Senate voted yesterday to formally launch conference talks with the House on tax reform, as Republicans look to quickly deliver a compromise bill to President Trump before Christmas. The Senate voted 51-47 in favor of bicameral talks. The House moved earlier this week to do the same. The White House wants negotiations wrapped up by Dec. 22. [ read more … ]

Opponents Make ‘America First’ Case Against Solar Import Tariffs

By Daniel Flatley, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2017-12-07 06:45:44

Critics of imposing tariffs on solar panels used a signature policy priority of President Donald Trump to make the case that imposing that trade protection would be harmful to American businesses — and they say it’s already having an impact. Adopting the proposed tariffs “will hinder, not help, American manufacturing,” Henry McMaster, governor of South Carolina, said during a hearing at the U.S. Trade Representative’s office Wednesday. [ read more … ]

U.S. solar manufacturers appeal to Trump team for stiff tariffs

By Nichola Groom, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2017-12-07 06:47:20

Struggling U.S. solar panel makers on Wednesday made a final plea to President Donald Trump’s key trade policy advisers to support steep tariffs on foreign-made solar products, ahead of his imminent decision in a closely watched trade case. Suniva and SolarWorld, which say an influx of cheap solar panel imports from China have made them unable to compete, appealed to the Trade Policy Staff Committee to recommend stiffer measures than proposed by members of the bipartisan International Trade Commission (ITC) in October. [ read more … ]

Obama talks at climate change summit as mayors sign charter

By Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2017-12-07 06:47:46

Former President Barack Obama on Tuesday told a summit of mayors driven to act after President Donald Trump rejected the Paris climate accord that cities and states are the “new face of American leadership” on climate change. [ read more … ]

California Bill in the Works to Banish Gasoline Cars by 2040

By Ryan Beene, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2017-12-07 06:48:17

A California lawmaker wants to put the state alongside China, France and the U.K. and have its legislature consider a ban on vehicles powered by fossil fuels. California Assembly member Phil Ting, a Democrat who is chairman of the chamber’s budget committee, said he plans to introduce a bill that, starting in 2040, would allow the state’s motor vehicles department to register only “clean” vehicles that emit no carbon dioxide, such as battery-electric or hydrogen fuel-cell cars. [ read more … ]

Delaware Considers Possibly Investing in Offshore Wind Turbines

By Brooke Reese, WBOC  •    •  Posted 2017-12-07 06:48:33

While nothing official is on the table at this point, the state of Delaware is considering the possibilities for potential offshore wind options. After the Maryland passed two federal regulation projects in Worcester County for offshore wind farms, now Delaware is taking the first steps to seeing if it could also benefit from the renewable energy source. [ read more … ]

East Coast Offshore Wind Is Alive But Cape Wind Project Is Dead

By Steve Hanley, CleanTechnica  •    •  Posted 2017-12-07 06:48:57

Timing is everything. Jim Gordon — who BNEF analyst Amy Grace calls “a visionary” — began planning for a proposed offshore wind farm he called Cape Wind in 2001. He wanted to plunk 130 wind turbines down in Nantucket Sound to provide power to to Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket. The turbines would cover a 25 square mile area and have a capacity of 468 megawatts — enough to power 200,000 homes with clean, renewable energy. [ read more … ]

China Assumes Green Power Mantle, Leaving Germany, U.S. Behind

By Brian Parkin, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2017-12-07 06:49:32

Chinese exports of environmental goods and services surged ahead of Germany and the U.S., according to a report that shows how the climate change fight is shifting international trade. China’s share of the global market for protection against climate change more than tripled over the 13 years leading to 2015, according to the report commissioned by the German government and published by the Federal Environment Office. Germany fell to second place and the U.S. finished third. [ read more … ]

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