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January 25, 2018

After Long Wait in Kansas, Gov. Sam Brownback Gets Ambassadorship

By MITCH SMITH, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2018-01-25 06:36:15

Gov. Sam Brownback of Kansas was narrowly confirmed to an ambassadorship on Wednesday after a six-month wait that left Kansans increasingly confused about who was in charge of their state. Many religious leaders praised Mr. Brownback’s confirmation, and said he could use his political experience to help religious minorities, including oppressed Christian and Yazidi communities in the Middle East. Lt. Governor Jeff Colyer, a Republican and a plastic surgeon from suburban Kansas City, will assume the governorship once Mr. Brownback resigns, likely in the coming days. [ read more … ]

Perry defends solar tariffs abroad

Christa Marshall and Hannah Northey, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2018-01-25 06:37:14

Energy Secretary Rick Perry today defended President Trump’s solar tariffs and proclaimed that the United States is exporting “freedom” by shipping oil and gas abroad. Speaking on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Perry said the United States has no reason to fear potential trade retaliation from China or other countries over Trump’s plan to enact 30 percent tariffs on imported solar cells and modules. [ read more … ]

Trump Offers Consolation Prize to Solar Industry After Tariffs

By Ari Natter, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2018-01-25 06:40:03

Two days after slapping steep tariffs on solar panels largely opposed by the U.S. solar industry, the Trump administration is offering them a consolation prize — literally. The Energy Department announced Wednesday that it was offering a $3 million “American Made Solar Prize” to incentivize new domestic solar manufacturing and a chance for entrepreneurs to tap into the agency’s network of national laboratories across the country. [ read more … ]

The conservative backlash to Trump’s solar tariffs begins

By Dino Grandoni, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2018-01-25 06:37:39

The usual suspects — environmentalists, along with their Democratic allies — cried foul, bemoaning yet another twist of the screw from Trump restricting the development of renewable energy. But another set of Washington interests was up in arms as well. Representatives from a Who’s Who of conservative organizations — the Heritage Foundation, the R Street Institute and the American Legislative Exchange Council — have voiced opposition to the new solar tariffs, too. [ read more … ]

While It Could Have Been Worse, Solar Tariffs May Hit Trump Country Hard

BY MARIANNE LAVELLE, Inside Climate News  •    •  Posted 2018-01-25 06:38:03

President Donald Trump’s decision to slap temporary tariffs on imported solar panels opens up a difficult passage for the industry, but there are good reasons to believe most United States solar ventures will emerge intact—if not entirely unscathed. Most industry analysts agree that the 30 percent tariff on foreign-produced cells and modules, phased out over four years, will not be as devastating a blow as Trump could have dealt. [ read more … ]

Grid didn’t need coal during winter storm — FERC chief

Adam Aton, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-01-25 06:38:45

The country’s top grid officials told senators yesterday that the grid held up well to the winter storm. New England, trying to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, shouldered the worst of the weather with little help from coal-fired plants — and a top regulator appointed by President Trump suggested that the rest of the grid could have operated without coal, too, even if the fuel helped keep some energy prices down. [ read more … ]

DOE, FERC officials promise lawmakers they’ll study resilience

Sam Mintz, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-01-25 06:39:04

A Department of Energy official wants his office to lead a “detailed analysis” of electric grid resilience, he told lawmakers yesterday. Bruce Walker, DOE’s assistant secretary for electricity delivery and energy reliability, told the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee the federal government needs an “in-depth understanding” of the resilience of electricity infrastructure [ read more … ]

Trump’s failing war on green power

By ERIC WOLFF, Politico  •    •  Posted 2018-01-25 06:38:22

President Donald Trump and Republicans have tried again and again during the past year to turn back the clock on energy — pushing policies that would help fossil fuels stave off advances by solar and wind. But they have repeatedly come up short. [ read more … ]

Maine governor moves to block most new Maine wind energy permits

By Christopher Cousins and Michael Shepherd, Bangor Daily News  •    •  Posted 2018-01-25 06:39:25

Gov. Paul LePage on Wednesday placed a moratorium on permits for most new wind turbines in Maine, a move that could reverberate regionally a day before Massachusetts is set to announce winners in a massive clean power procurement plan. [ read more … ]

Clean Line Shelves Arkansas Plans; Delegation Steps Up Attack

By Kyle Massey,  Arkansas Business  •    •  Posted 2018-01-25 06:40:54

As Arkansas’ congressional delegation stepped up its war Tuesday on a $2.5 billion wind-power transmission project, Clean Line Energy Partners has confirmed that it has shelved plans to string the controversial power line across Arkansas. Michael Skelly, the company’s president, told Arkansas Business that the direct-current project, which would have transmitted 4,000 megawatts of renewable energy from Western Oklahoma to eastern Tennessee, is basically on life support. [ read more … ]

Chinese company convicted of stealing wind turbine secrets

By By Kelsey Tamborrino, Politico  •    •  Posted 2018-01-25 06:40:39

A jury in Wisconsin on Wednesday convicted Chinese wind turbine manufacturer Sinovel of stealing trade secrets from a U.S.-based company. Sinovel in March 2011 stole software that controls wind turbines from a U.S. company now known as ASMC. [ read more … ]

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