Trump seeks ‘practical environmentalism’ in EPA chief

Source: Kevin Bogardus, E&E reporter • Posted: Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

A longtime business associate of Donald Trump has two words for what the 2016 Republican presidential nominee wants in a U.S. EPA administrator. “Practical environmentalism,” Ed Russo said in an interview with Greenwire. “Not radical environmentalism.”

Trump picks top skeptic to lead EPA transition

Source: Robin Bravender, E&E reporter • Posted: Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

Donald Trump has selected one of the best-known climate skeptics to lead his U.S. EPA transition team, according to two sources close to the campaign. Myron Ebell, director of the Center for Energy and Environment at the conservative Competitive Enterprise Institute, is spearheading Trump’s transition plans for EPA, the sources said.

US governors swing behind offshore wind power

Source: By David Foxwell, Offshore Wind • Posted: Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

The governors asked the President to expedite deployment of offshore wind, stating that it is “an abundant source of renewable energy located near some of our nation’s largest cities and areas of electricity demand.” However, as they noted, the US has only one project off the coast of Rhode Island that recently completed construction and will be placed in service later this year. Europe currently has 11 gigawatts (GW) of offshore wind installed. “A new US offshore wind sector could create thousands of jobs in businesses ranging from R&D and engineering to manufacturing and marine construction,” they said.

Kitty Hawk nears takeoff

Source: By Renews • Posted: Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

The US government expects to publish a final sale notice in January 2017 for a 1.5GW commercial wind lease area off North Carolina. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) anticipates an auction will follow in March for the 122,405-acre Kitty Hawk zone, located some 24 nautical miles from shore. The bidding will start at $244,800.

DC Appeals Court Set to Hear Clean Power Plan Case

Source: By The Associated Press • Posted: Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

The federal appeals court in Washington is set to hear arguments today in the legal fight over President Barack Obama’s plan to curtail greenhouse gas emissions. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit is scheduled to hear oral arguments on the Clean Power Plan, which aims to slow climate change by reducing power-plant emissions by one-third.

What Lester Holt won’t ask Clinton and Trump — but should

Source: Jennifer Yachnin, E&E reporter • Posted: Monday, September 26th, 2016

The Commission on Presidential Debates last week released a list of three “topics” for tonight’s showdown at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., with two 15-minute segments allotted each to “America’s Direction,” “Achieving Prosperity” and “Securing America.” It did not offer any other information about the selected subject areas. The lack of an energy-specific heading doesn’t mean the candidates cannot raise those policies on their own — President Obama and GOP nominee Mitt Romney did so repeatedly in their first matchup in Denver in the 2012 election, sparring on tax benefits to the oil and gas industry and domestic production.

Has a decade of Golden State climate diplomacy made a difference?

Source: Debra Kahn, E&E reporter • Posted: Monday, September 26th, 2016

Schwarzenegger, and now his successor, Gov. Jerry Brown (D), have made a point of signing agreements with dozens of other state and provincial governments to reduce carbon emissions. Brown’s marquee international effort, the Under 2 MOU (memorandum of understanding), now has 135 signatories committed to limiting emissions to 2 tons per capita by 2050.

Europe’s Offshore Wind Industry Prepares for Atlantic Crossing

Source: By By Christoph Steitz, Reuters • Posted: Monday, September 26th, 2016

Yield-hungry investors in the offshore wind market are switching their sights to the United States as future support for the industry in Europe remains uncertain, leaving billions of euros looking for a new home. The shift in focus comes as three states on the U.S. east coast — Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York — are auctioning leases on hundreds of thousands of acres for offshore wind farms, drawing interest from leading European companies.

With projects popping up across Nebraska, future of solar power brightens

Source: By Paul Hammel, Omaha World-Herald Bureau • Posted: Monday, September 26th, 2016

At the beginning of the year, the state had about 1 megawatt of solar power generation. But this year already, Enerparc Inc., an Oakland, California, firm, opened a 3.6-megawatt solar farm on 22 acres along Interstate 80 that generates power for customers of Lincoln Electric System. A rural public power district in Broken Bow will be buying power from four small solar gardens at ranches capable of producing 1.5 megawatts.

Wind a growing force in Oklahoma energy

Source: By Tulsa World • Posted: Monday, September 26th, 2016

The state’s prominence in the industry can be seen in an array of statistics. Oklahoma currently ranks No. 4 in the nation in terms of installed wind power capacity, with potentially enough projects coming online by the end of the year to take the No. 3 spot from California, behind Texas (No. 1) and Iowa (No. 2).