Trump win upends agenda expectations; energy bill in peril

Source: Geof Koss, E&E News reporter • Posted: Thursday, November 10th, 2016

The upcoming political shift may also dim prospects for the energy conference committee, which is aiming to strike a deal on what would be the first new major reform law in a decade. Before the election, ClearView Energy Partners LLC recently said there was a 60 percent chance that negotiators would come up with a compromise similar to the Senate’s version, S. 2012.

Mo. courts, not regulators, may decide fate of 2 big projects

Source: Jeffrey Tomich, E&E News reporter • Posted: Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

The stage is set for Clean Line Energy Partners LLC and landowner opponents to clash again before Missouri regulators over the $2.2 billion Grain Belt Express transmission project. But both sides know the fate of the 800-mile high-voltage line through Missouri may ultimately rest on the outcome of court challenges involving a different transmission line already approved by the Public Service Commission.

European Renewable Stocks Take Hit After Trump Wins U.S. Election

Source: By Christoph Steitz and Nikolaj Skydsgaard, Reuters • Posted: Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

European renewable stocks fell sharply on Wednesday after Donald Trump won the U.S. presidential election, hit by fears over his aim to promote oil and gas drilling and revive the U.S. coal mining industry. Shares in Vestas, the world’s biggest wind turbine maker, plunged 10 percent in early trade in Europe, while German peer Nordex traded 6 percent lower. Spain’s Gamesa, which is being merged with Siemens, and Portugal’s EDP Renovaveis traded 3.4 and 5.3 percent lower, respectively.

World’s Biggest Wind Turbine Maker Sinks After Trump Victory

Source: By Christian Wienberg, Bloomberg • Posted: Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

Shares in Vestas Wind Systems A/S plunged after U.S. voters unexpectedly propelled Republican nominee Donald Trump to the presidency, sparking concern that the renewable energy industry will face political headwinds in the future. The world’s biggest maker of wind turbines fell as much as 14 percent and traded 6.6 percent lower at 440.20 kroner as of 10:22 a.m. in Copenhagen. The Danish company already lost ground last week as U.S. polls started to tighten, bringing this year’s declines to about 10 percent.

Democrats fall short in bid for majority despite favorable map

Source: Jennifer Yachnin, E&E News reporter • Posted: Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

New York Sen. Chuck Schumer (D), who won a third term last night by 43 points, is poised to take over as Senate minority leader from retiring Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.). And given Trump’s upset victory in the presidential race and the Republicans’ enduring majority in the House, Schumer will soon become the most important Democrat in the country.

GOP picks up governorships despite N.C. nail-biter

Source: Manuel Quiñones, E&E News reporter • Posted: Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

North Carolina Republican Gov. Pat McCrory, a former Duke Energy Corp. executive, has lost re-election in one of the country’s closest races. Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper won by 4,772 votes. McCrory’s loss is a notable defeat for the GOP in an election in which other vulnerable party incumbents pulled through.

Trump win rocks energy world

Source: Robin Bravender, E&E News reporter • Posted: Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) is heading Trump’s transition operation, with the assistance of veteran Republican energy policy experts. Trump’s transition team is expected to dramatically increase staffing as it prepares a policy agenda for the administration and works to fill top executive branch jobs. Lobbyist and longtime congressional energy aide Mike Catanzaro is among those helping with the transition. Energy lobbyist Mike McKenna is leading the Energy Department transition team; climate change skeptic Myron Ebell of the Competitive Enterprise Institute is heading up the EPA transition team; and former George W. Bush administration Interior official David Bernhardt is working on the Interior transition.

Oregon firm developing airborne wind energy system

Source: By Eric Mortensen, Capital Press • Posted: Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

Sean Mish, director of systems integration for eWind Solutions, displayed the Wilsonville, Ore., company’s tethered kites during a Portland technology show in September 2016. The kites spin electrical generators as they deploy. The company markets them to farmers, who would sell the power to utilities. eWind Solutions won a $600,000 USDA grant to advance its work.

Nebraska conference touts benefits of wind and solar energy

Source: By Cole Epley, Omaha World Herald • Posted: Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

Tim Burke, president and chief executive of the Omaha Public Power District, said that even though the utility just closed down a major source of carbon-free electricity production at its Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant, ratepayers can expect to have additional clean energy to backfill a portion of its lost capacity. The Calhoun shutdown “begins our transformation in a new energy marketplace,” Burke said.

Wyo.’s trifecta — coal, oil and gas — all fall down

Source: Pamela King, E&E News reporter • Posted: Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

“We’re just trying to find funds wherever we can,” Robert Tranas, executive director of the children’s center. “We know it’s not looking any better for state funding or local for the foreseeable future. It’s got us all holding our breath and wondering how this is going to work out.”