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Clean Energy Programs Can Help Meet Goals Espoused by the President

Source: By Ernie Shea, 25x25 • Posted: Friday, March 3rd, 2017

So, it only makes sense that to achieve the economic and environmental goals espoused by the president in his speech, the policies and federal investment that support the clean energy sector must be maintained or strengthened. It’s also important for the White House to remember that principal beneficiaries of these programs are rural Americans, a constituency that played a key role in Trump’s election last November after promises he made to improve their way of life.

Northland pulls plug on Kitty Hawk

Source: By Renewable Energy News • Posted: Friday, March 3rd, 2017

Northland Power has decided not to submit a bid in this month’s auction for the 1.5GW Kitty Hawk offshore wind zone off North Carolina. The Canadian investor confirmed in an analysts call that it had made the decision because it believes there are better locations for projects off the north east US coast. Northland told analysts it remains keen on bidding for future US offshore wind zones.

Western Plains Wind Farm in full operation, helping Westar Energy cut its emissions

Source: By Hutchinson News • Posted: Friday, March 3rd, 2017

Westar Energy’s new Western Plains Wind Farm near Spearville began full operation on Wednesday, enabling the state’s largest electric utility to boast it can now provide more than half the annual electricity needs of its customers without carbon emissions. Infinity Wind developed the 280-megawatt Western Plains wind farm in Ford County, built by Mortenson Construction, using Siemens Wind turbines manufactured in Hutchinson. Westar will own and operate the facility.

Rhode Island Governor Plots Whopping 1,000% Renewables Increase

Source: By Betsy Lillian, North American Wind Power • Posted: Friday, March 3rd, 2017

Along with Gov. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., Raimondo is head of the Governors’ Wind & Solar Energy Coalition, a renewable energy advocacy group, which recently sent a letter to the Trump administration to emphasize the “boons of renewable energy.” In December, a big renewables boost came to Rhode Island when Deepwater Wind finished up the 30 MW Block Island Wind Farm, the first offshore project in the U.S. Raimondo noted that she was proud to be governor of the only state with “steel in the water and blades spinning over the ocean.”

Trump poised to lift federal coal ban, other green rules: White House

Source: By Richard Valdmanis, Reuters • Posted: Friday, March 3rd, 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump will target a handful of Obama-era green regulations, including a federal coal mining ban and an initiative forcing states to cut carbon emissions, in an executive order as soon as next week, a White House official told Reuters on Wednesday. Trump and his fellow Republicans who control Congress are seeking to unravel former Democratic President Barack Obama’s initiatives to combat global climate change, which they say are costly for U.S. business and have hampered drilling and mining without providing any clear benefits.

Top Trump Advisers Are Split on Paris Agreement on Climate Change

Source: By CORAL DAVENPORT, New York Times • Posted: Friday, March 3rd, 2017

he White House is fiercely divided over President Trump’s campaign promise to “cancel” the Paris agreement, the 2015 accord that binds nearly every country to curb global warming, with more moderate voices maintaining that he should stick with the agreement despite his campaign pledge. Stephen K. Bannon, Mr. Trump’s senior adviser, is pressing the president to officially pull the United States from the landmark accord, according to energy and government officials with knowledge of the debate. But, they say, he is clashing with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and the president’s daughter Ivanka Trump, who fear the move could have broad and damaging diplomatic ramifications.

Senate Confirms Rick Perry as Energy Secretary

Source: By CORAL DAVENPORT, New York Times • Posted: Friday, March 3rd, 2017

The Senate confirmed Rick Perry on Thursday as the head of the Energy Department, an agency he had once pledged as a presidential candidate to eliminate. The vote was 62 to 37. Mr. Perry, a former Texas governor, will lead an agency that, despite its name, is largely focused on overseeing the nation’s vast arsenal of nuclear weapons, as well as a network of 17 national scientific laboratories.

Why Are Beijing’s Taxi Drivers Freezing?

Source: By Adam Minter, Bloomberg View • Posted: Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

Beijing had the best of intentions when it started to promote all-electric taxis in 2011. Not only would the green cars reduce the city’s choking pollution, but they’d highlight its commitment to becoming a center of innovation. There was just one problem: cold weather. Electric cars lose their charge quickly when temperatures drop, reducing their range, utility and — for taxi drivers — profitability. Just ask the unlucky souls driving them around Beijing this winter. According to local news media, they’re shutting off battery-draining heaters and driving in heavy boots that — thanks to fares lost while charging their batteries — they can’t really afford.

Editorial: Market forces are driving clean energy

Source: By Express-News Editorial Board, San Antonio Express-News • Posted: Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

The future is bright for clean energy in Texas. That’s the message from a recent Environmental Defense Fund report, which once again highlights Texas’ clean energy strengths. We are the nation’s leading producer in wind energy. Back in 2005, state officials, including former Gov. Rick Perry, now head of the U.S. Department of Energy, saw how building transmission infrastructure would open the market for affordable wind energy. It made for good environmental and economic policy.

Solar companies agree on deal with Arizona’s biggest utility

Source: By Nichola Groom, Reuters • Posted: Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

Solar installation companies and Arizona’s largest utility said on Wednesday that they had reached a long-sought deal under which new rooftop solar systems would be compensated at a lower rate for the energy they send to the grid. The settlement agreement between Arizona Public Service, a division of Pinnacle West Capital Corp, and solar installers including Sunrun Inc, must be approved by state utility regulator the Arizona Corporation Commission.