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February 14, 2018

Intelligence official warns of ‘abrupt’ change

Hannah Northey and Nick Sobczyk, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2018-02-14 06:38:20

A top intelligence official took to Capitol Hill yesterday to quietly reiterate a dire warning about “abrupt climate change,” a sharp rebuke to President Trump’s assertions on Twitter that the underlying science is a “hoax.” Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats in written testimony warned of the potential for “abrupt climate change,” marking the first time the former Republican congressman from Indiana has used such loaded language in writing. “The impacts of the long-term trends toward a warming climate, more air pollution, biodiversity loss, and water scarcity are likely to fuel economic and social discontent — and possibly upheaval — through 2018,” he wrote. [ read more … ]

Trump budget would gut EPA, DOE renewables office

By Gavin Bade, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2018-02-14 06:39:45

The Trump administration’s budget plan for the year ahead echoes its proposal for the year that passed — deep cuts to environmental initiatives and renewable energy research paired with increases to nuclear weapons and fossil fuel funding. [ read more … ]

Rick Perry’s budget request is a ‘doorstop’

Benjamin Storrow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-02-14 06:39:58

Energy Secretary Rick Perry learned a lot about budgets in his three decades in Austin, Texas, where he served as a state legislator, agency head and governor. “We used to joke that a budget made a pretty good doorstop,” he said in a conference call with reporters yesterday, where he outlined the Energy Department’s $30 billion budget proposal for fiscal 2019. [ read more … ]

In Trump’s First Year, U.S. Agency Doubles Solar Investments Abroad

By Nichola Groom, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2018-02-14 06:40:48

The United States government doubled its financial support for solar power projects overseas last year under a climate-friendly investment policy written in the last days of the Obama administration, according to a Reuters review of government documents. The growing U.S. support for foreign solar projects comes despite an ongoing federal investigation into past U.S. solar loans abroad. It also deepens confusion about President Donald Trump’s position on government support for renewable energy as his administration downplays the global warming threat and aggressively promotes fossil-fuel development. [ read more … ]

Biggest-Ever U.S. Wind Farm Suffers Blow From Oklahoma Judge

By Jim Polson, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2018-02-14 06:39:05

American Electric Power Co.’s proposal for the largest-ever U.S. wind-power project received a setback Monday. The company failed to prove that customers should pay for the $4.5 billion Oklahoma project through power rates, Mary Candler, an administrative law judge in the state, said in a filing. Her non-binding recommendation will be considered by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, which has final say on the project. [ read more … ]

MidAmerican completes two new wind farms in Iowa

By Mitchell Schmidt, The Gazette  •    •  Posted 2018-02-14 06:39:20

On its quest for 100 percent renewable energy, MidAmerican Energy has announced the completion of its two latest wind farms, which add to the state’s growing wind energy generation. The Beaver Creek wind farm in Boone and Greene counties and Prairie wind farm in Mahaska County have begun operation, according to a Monday news release. The two farms, which amount to 169 wind turbines, add 338 megawatts of wind generation capacity to MidAmerican Energy’s grid. [ read more … ]

FERC chairman praises Perry, previews pipeline review and PURPA

By Gavin Bade, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2018-02-14 06:40:28

The chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission praised the Secretary of Energy on Tuesday, despite FERC unanimously rejecting a DOE coal and nuclear subsidy package last month. Chairman Kevin McIntyre told a conference of state utility regulators in Washington that while the commission rejected Secretary Rick Perry’s proposed grid resilience rule on “technical legal grounds,” he is a “big fan” of the secretary and the two agencies enjoy a “wonderful working relationship.” [ read more … ]

FERC studies Trump’s proposed ‘regulatory streamlining’

Sam Mintz, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-02-14 06:41:33

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is working on analyzing President Trump’s infrastructure package, Chairman Kevin McIntyre said this morning. McIntyre, speaking at the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners winter policy meeting, said “work is commencing as we speak” on the White House framework. [ read more … ]

Lack of women in energy ‘holding back fight against climate change’

By Adam Vaughan, The Guardian  •    •  Posted 2018-02-14 06:41:46

The lack of women in energy companies is holding back the sector’s efforts to tackle climate change, a leading industry watcher has warned. Catherine Mitchell, a professor of energy policy at the University of Exeter, said poor gender diversity meant the industry was less open to new ideas, in particular the move to a lower-carbon energy system. [ read more … ]

Lawrence Bacow: A son of immigrants, a vibrant voice for colleges

By Deirdre Fernandes, The Boston Globe  •    •  Posted 2018-02-14 06:42:02

Bacow has spent most of his professional career at MIT, Harvard, and Tufts. First he was a professor of environmental studies at MIT, and then a chancellor at the university. He led Tufts from 2001 to 2011. And since 2011, Bacow, who is a friend of outgoing Harvard president Drew Faust, has served as a member of the Harvard Corporation, the university’s principal governing board. [ read more … ]

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