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Developers say transmission can be part of Trump’s infrastructure plan

Source: By  Stephanie Tsao, SNL • Posted: Thursday, November 17th, 2016

U.S. transmission developers need to show that electric transmission can be part of Donald Trump’s growth and infrastructure plan in order to engage the new administration, developers said Nov. 15. One important thing to show is that transmission is infrastructure, Robert McKee, American Transmission Co. LLC director of regulatory relations and policy, said during the keynote address of the TransForum East conference held in Washington, D.C.

Subsidy-Reliant Offshore Wind Steals Skills, Ideas From Big Oil

Source: By Nikolaj Skydsgaard, Reuters • Posted: Thursday, November 17th, 2016

From a helicopter, it looks like just another North Sea oil rig, a grey cube supported by massive yellow pillars, 90 kilometers (56 miles) off western Denmark. But the DanTysk facility is the world’s first accommodation platform for offshore wind, which is borrowing techniques and labour from the crisis-hit oil sector as it tries to cut costs and end an addiction to state subsidies.

U.S. Companies to Trump: Don’t Abandon Global Climate Deal

Source: By HIROKO TABUCHI, New York Times • Posted: Thursday, November 17th, 2016

Hundreds of American companies, including Mars, Nike, Levi Strauss and Starbucks, have urged President-elect Donald J. Trump not to abandon the Paris climate deal, saying a failure by the United States to build a clean economy endangers American prosperity. In a plea addressed to Mr. Trump — as well as President Obama and members of Congress — 365 companies and major investors emphasized their “deep commitment to addressing climate change,” and demanded that he leave in place low-emissions policies in the United States.

Global green energy growth seen weathering Trump storm, for now

Source: By Nina Chestney and Christoph Steitz, Reuters • Posted: Thursday, November 17th, 2016

Renewable energy will keep growing in the next few years as costs drop and coal use continues to fall, despite U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s pledge to revive the fossil fuel, investors and analysts said. Trump has said he wants to boost the U.S. coal, oil and shale industries and has threatened to leave a global climate deal called the Paris Agreement, which aims to phase out net greenhouse gas emissions by the second half of the century

Clean Power Is Too Hot for Even Trump to Cool

Source: By Matthew Philips, Bloomberg • Posted: Thursday, November 17th, 2016

One reason is timing. The biggest economic incentives for clean energy are federal tax credits for solar and wind projects. Both were set to expire at the end of last year, prompting a surge in investments as companies raced to get in under the deadline. In December, Congress unexpectedly extended both credits (for solar until 2021 and for wind until 2019) as part of a deal to lift the 40-year-old ban on U.S. oil exports. It’s not clear that Trump will try to persuade Congress to repeal the extensions. Wind power is especially popular across the Midwest, a Republican stronghold; in many cases it’s become cheaper than other sources of grid power.

Ark. wades into net-metering debate

Source: Edward Klump, E&E News reporter • Posted: Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

The state-by-state tussle over rooftop solar has arrived in Arkansas, where the future of net metering will play out over the next 12 to 18 months. State lawmakers got the ball rolling last year when they passed legislation to adjust aspects of Arkansas’ net-metering regime, which uses a retail rate to credit customers for excess power sent to the grid. The Arkansas Public Service Commission (PSC) is now working through a two-part proceeding on the matter.

Green groups petition to bar Ebell from EPA

Source: Camille von Kaenel, E&E News reporter • Posted: Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

More than 57,000 people have signed a petition asking the White House to prevent Myron Ebell from leading the transition team for President-elect Donald Trump’s U.S. EPA. The White House has agreed to provide an official written response to the We the People petition within 60 days if it gets 100,000 signatures by Dec. 9.

DOE, EPA wait for Trump’s team

Posted: Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

Energy and environmental agencies are gearing up for a massive power shift between the Obama and Trump administrations. In an email sent to U.S. EPA staff Thursday and obtained by E&E News, Chief of Staff Matt Fritz said EPA has been preparing for months to ensure a “smooth, seamless and efficient” transition as it gets ready for the imminent arrival of President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team.

Trump’s Impact on Clean-Energy Businesses

Source: By Peter Fairley, MIT Technology Review • Posted: Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

The tax incentives were extended by the Republican-controlled Congress in December 2015 with bipartisan support. “The renewable-energy tax credits are pretty firmly in place,” says Rob Gramlich, senior vice president of government and public affairs at the American Wind Energy Association, an industry trade group. In August, Senator Charles Grassley, an Iowa Republican, vowed to protect the wind tax credit if Trump became president and tried to scrap it. “If he wants to do away with it, he’ll have to get a bill through Congress, and he’ll do it over my dead body,” Grassley said.

France, U.N. tell Trump action on climate change unstoppable

Source: By Nina Chestney and Alister Doyle, Reuters • Posted: Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

France and the United Nations on Tuesday stepped up warnings to U.S. President-elect Donald Trump about the risks of quitting a 2015 global plan to combat climate change, saying a historic shift from fossil fuels is unstoppable French President Francois Hollande, addressing almost 200 nations meeting in Morocco on ways to slow global warming, said that inaction would be “disastrous for future generations and it would be dangerous for peace”.