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February 8, 2018

Murkowski on DOE renewable energy cuts: ‘Brrrrrrrr!’

Christa Marshall and Geof Koss, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2018-02-08 06:43:39

Top Republican appropriators pooh-poohed reports yesterday that the Trump administration is likely to request steeper cuts for renewable energy and energy efficiency than last year. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn,), chairman of the Appropriations subcommittee with jurisdiction over energy and water, said that “while we respect any president’s budget, Congress decides what to do about appropriations.” [ read more … ]

Chatterjee used FERC gavel to bang the drum for coal

Sam Mintz, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-02-08 06:43:56

Former Federal Energy Regulatory Chairman Neil Chatterjee met with a utility company that stood to benefit from a controversial proposal he was pushing to boost coal and nuclear, while simultaneously launching a coal-centric media blitz, according to documents obtained by E&E News. Chatterjee’s calendar shows the chairman meeting on Nov. 2 with FirstEnergy Corp., a utility heavily invested in coal-fired power and a major supporter of the DOE plan for subsidizing coal and nuclear power plants. It was his second sit-down with the company, with the first coming three days before DOE unveiled the directive. [ read more … ]

CPP: Lawmakers urge caution after damaging study

Arianna Skibell, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-02-08 06:44:17

A group of Democratic lawmakers is urging U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to contemplate the possible health impacts associated with rewriting the Clean Power Plan, former President Obama’s signature climate mandate, after a study found the type of rule the agency is rumored to be considering could cause more deaths per year than no rule at all. [ read more … ]

Pruitt suggests warming can help humans

Scott Waldman and Niina Heikkinen, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2018-02-08 06:44:32

U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt questioned  if rising global temperatures are harmful to humans, a claim that adds new insight to his alternative views on climate change. In an interview with KSNV television in Nevada, Pruitt suggested that global warming could be seen as a good thing for people. He said civilizations tend to flourish when it’s warm. [ read more … ]

Rhode Island Plots 400 MW Renewable Energy RFP

By North American Wind Power  •    •  Posted 2018-02-08 06:44:48

Gov. Gina Raimondo, D-R.I., has directed her energy team to work with Rhode Island’s utilities to issue a procurement for up to 400 MW of clean energy. According to the governor, the request for proposals (RFP), planned to be issued by this summer, will build on the progress toward her administration’s goal to make Rhode Island’s energy system 10 times cleaner. [ read more … ]

Op-Ed: Renewables are competitive, so why does windy Wyoming tax its turbines?

By Froma Harrop, Denver Post  •    •  Posted 2018-02-08 06:45:12

Some of the nation’s fiercest winds tear across the 100-odd miles separating Casper and Rawlins, making Wyoming a potential colossus of wind power. So why is Wyoming the only state to tax wind power? Ask the politicians representing America’s biggest producer of coal. Or simpler, check their donor list. “There is a real feeling that Wyoming is not open for business for wind,” a frustrated economic development official from Casper told a conference in Laramie. [ read more … ]

U.S. Stands Ready To Be ‘800-Pound Gorilla’ In Global Offshore Wind Industry

By Betsy Lillian, North American Wind Power  •    •  Posted 2018-02-08 06:45:34

“The visible market for offshore wind in America is now more than half the entire global installed capacity, including all the policy commitments made thus far,” says Stephanie McClellan, director of the Special Initiative on Offshore Wind at the University of Delaware. “These states’ commitments mean the U.S. is going to be the 800-pound gorilla in global offshore wind.” [ read more … ]

UK built half of Europe’s offshore wind power in 2017

By Adam Vaughan, The Guardian  •    •  Posted 2018-02-08 06:46:12

Britain accounted for more than half of the new offshore wind power capacity built in Europe last year, as the sector broke installation records across the continent. The windfarms out in the North Sea and other shallow European waters are getting bigger in every sense. Soon turbines will almost be as large as the Shard, Europe’s tallest building. [ read more … ]

World’s Biggest Wind Turbine Maker Pivots to Solar and Batteries

By Anna Hirtenstein, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2018-02-08 06:45:48

Vestas Wind Systems A/S will offer solar power and storage, allowing the world’s biggest turbine maker to sell hybrid renewable plants that generate electricity around the clock. “We broaden the scope to sustainable energy,” Chief Executive Officer Anders Runevad said Wednesday in a phone interview. “We see a fairly rapid increase in interest, people asking for hybrid is growing. That’s definitely in itself a new revenue stream to tap into.” [ read more … ]

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