Royal Dutch Shell Plc may contract to build offshore wind farms in the U.K. and across Europe, after winning a bid to build one of the cheapest projects on record last year, Shell U.K. chair Sinead Lynch, said in an interview. Europe’s biggest oil supplier is exploring opportunities across Europe for offshore wind, Lynch said at a press event on Wednesday at a Shell service station outside London, where she was opening the company’s first U.K. hydrogen refueling station.
The White House on Friday will move its Council on Environmental Quality out of its main headquarters at 722 Jackson Place, a red brick townhouse it has occupied since it was established more than four decades ago. Although some White House CEQ staffers will remain in adjoining townhouses, the shift means the council will lose its main conference room. While the influence of CEQ waxes and wanes depending on which president is in office, it traditionally plays a key role in executing the White House’s overall environmental agenda and coordinating key decisions among different agencies.
According to recent surveys commissioned by American Wind Action (AWA), four in five “engaged citizens” in Oklahoma (those who voted in at least three of the last four general elections) have a “favorable” impression of wind, and more than half have a “very favorable” impression of wind – regardless of party affiliations or political ideologies.
A proposal that would have created a two-year moratorium on new wind energy development in North Dakota was stripped from legislation that ultimately passed the Senate as a study of the state’s energy plan Wednesday. Senate Bill 2314, as passed by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Tuesday, would have prevented the Public Service Commission from approving a wind farm application submitted in the two years starting Aug. 1 unless the commission determined that added generation was needed for the state’s consumers.
The push to win over the Trump administration comes as offshore wind is on the brink of success in North America after a decade of false starts. Costs are falling dramatically. Deepwater Wind LLC completed the first project in U.S. waters in August. And in September, the Obama administration outlined plans to ease regulatory constraints and take other steps to encourage private development of enough turbines to crank out 86,000 megawatts by 2050. That’s about the equivalent of 86 nuclear reactors. “We are an industry on the rise,” Thomas Brostrom, Dong’s general manager of North America, said in an interview. “We want very much to come in and explain to the new administration what we can do for job creation and energy independence.”
The White House spokesman, in speaking about a House resolution signed by President Trump to roll back regulations enacted in the closing months of the Obama administration, cited an interesting statistic — that “Obama-era regulations … have cost the American business consumers a staggering $890 billion.” That seemed like a rather specific number, so we wanted to explore how valid it might be.
A bill that would provide a multiyear extension of the investment tax credit (ITC), including for small-scale wind power and other clean energy technology, has been re-introduced by bipartisan lawmakers. U.S. Reps. Tom Reed, R-N.Y., and Mike Thompson, D-Calif., have proposed the “Technologies for Energy Security Act,” which would provide parity with solar energy’s tax extension passed into law in 2015, explains the Distributed Wind Energy Association (DWEA), which is touting the benefits the bill would provide to the distributed wind industry.
Gov. Charlie Baker joins bipartisan coalition of governors asking President Donald Trump to support renewable energy
There is growing bipartisan support for renewable energy, if a recent letter from a bipartisan group of governors sent to the White House is any indication. Eight Republican and 12 Democratic governors this month asked President Donald J. Trump to support wind power, solar energy, grid modernization, transmission development and basic research on renewables. Mass. Gov. Charlie Baker is among the petitioning governors. “The nation’s wind and solar energy resources are transforming low-income rural areas in ways not seen since the passage of the Homestead Act over 150 years ago,” reads the Feb. 13 letter from the Governors’ Wind and Solar Energy Coalition.
It’s one of the paradoxes of today’s political climate that wind energy, which often is promoted by liberal icons, is flourishing in red states. Texas, in fact, is the undisputed king when it comes to wind energy. Texas has attracted an estimated $38 billion in wind energy investment, with three times more wind generating capacity than any other state. Kansas and Iowa produce more than 30 percent of their electricity from wind. Oklahoma generates more than 20 percent.
Newly installed EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt closely coordinated with major oil and gas companies, refiners and groups linked to the billionaire Koch brothers to combat environmental regulations during his time as Oklahoma attorney general, according to thousands of pages of e-mails released Wednesday. The documents, released under court order to the Center for Media and Democracy, a nonprofit watchdog, follow a pitched battle over whether Pruitt should lead the Environmental Protection Agency, culminating in a narrow 52-46 vote Friday to confirm him.