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Trump went to Iowa and bashed wind. Iowa gets 37 percent of its energy from wind.

Source: By Ruairí Arrieta-Kenna, VOX • Posted: Friday, June 23rd, 2017

After a long screed about how he is saving the US coal industry, President Donald Trump suggested at a rally Wednesday night in Iowa that wind energy is unreliable and bad for birds. “I don’t want to just hope the wind blows to light up your house and your factory,” Trump said, “as the birds fall to the ground.”

Trump’s putdown of wind energy whips up a backlash in Iowa

Source: Ryan J. Foley, Associated Press • Posted: Friday, June 23rd, 2017

President Donald Trump, while speaking at a rally in Cedar Rapids on Wednesday, June 21, 2017, shared his views on wind energy. President Donald Trump’s putdown of wind energy at his Iowa rally was denounced Thursday across the state, which takes pride in its position as a national leader in wind generation.

After some ‘finesse,’ reform bill coming soon — Murkowski

Source: Geof Koss, E&E News reporter • Posted: Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

The leaders of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will soon reintroduce a revised comprehensive energy package they hope will avoid the fate of last year’s predecessor, which expired in the closing days of the 114th Congress after months of formal talks with the House collapsed. ENR Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) said yesterday she and ranking member Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) are close to unveiling an updated version of legislation that passed the Senate 85-12 last April

Texas Is Too Windy and Sunny for Old Energy Companies to Make Money

Source: By Ryan Collins, Bloomberg • Posted: Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

As attractive a renewable-energy concept as wind power is, it’s plagued by a fundamental flaw. It blows the most in the dead of night, precisely when there’s the least demand for electricity. That’s true for just about every wind-blown spot across the U.S., from the foothills of the Tehachapi Mountains in California to the coastal plains of North Carolina. And then there’s South Texas. It is to wind, engineers have discovered in recent years, a bit like what Napa Valley is to wine and Georgia is to peaches. For not only does the state’s Gulf Coast generate strong evening gusts, but it also blows fiercely in the middle of the day, just as electricity consumption is peaking.

America’s Hungriest Wind and Solar Power Users: Big Companies

Source: By Nichola Groom, Reuters • Posted: Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

Major U.S. corporations such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc and General Motors Co have become some of America’s biggest buyers of renewable energy, driving growth in an industry seen as key to helping the United States cut carbon emissions. Last year nearly 40 percent of U.S. wind contracts were signed by corporate power users, along with university and military customers. That’s up from just 5 percent in 2013, according to the American Wind Energy Association trade group.

Trump seeks game plan for grid threats

Source: Blake Sobczak, E&E News reporter • Posted: Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

President Trump sat down with energy-sector representatives and cybersecurity experts at the White House today to discuss evolving threats to the power grid. The unidentified “energy sector leaders” brought up potential strategies “to address the evolution of malicious cyber activity” in the energy sphere, said a readout of the gathering.

Release of Perry grid study pushed to July

Source: Christa Marshall, E&E News reporter • Posted: Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

The Department of Energy is delaying release of a high-profile study on the electrical grid until July, according to an agency spokeswoman. The study, which will examine baseload power and energy subsidies, is being closely watched because of its broad scope. It originally was supposed to be released Monday. The study is nearing completion and a draft will be submitted to Secretary Rick Perry in early July, DOE spokeswoman Shaylyn Hynes said.

Key GOP lawmaker slams budget; Perry says he had no input

Source: Christa Marshall and Sam Mintz, E&E News reporters • Posted: Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

Energy Secretary Rick Perry told lawmakers yesterday he did not have a say on the agency’s fiscal 2018 budget request, which one Republican senator called “especially bad.” Perry’s remarks before the Senate Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee provide a partial explanation of why many of the secretary’s initial public policy positions differed sharply from the White House blueprint. “One of the things I would like to bring to your attention. … I got here on the second day of March, and that budget was already written,” Perry said. Perry vowed support for a variety of technologies, including some that could be affected by cuts, like offshore wind and carbon capture and sequestration.

Trump rides high into Iowa stop after Congressional wins

Source: By Jason Noble, Des Moines Register • Posted: Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

In a riff on his support for all manner of energy production, Trump singled out and disparaged wind – a major generator of power, growth industry and source of income across Iowa. “I don’t want to just hope the wind blows to light up your homes and your factories,” Trump told the crowd after ticking off a list of energy sources his administration supports, “as the birds fall to the ground.” Wind energy accounts for 37 percent of power generated in Iowa, and has long been a bipartisan point of pride.

Perry’s criticisms of clean energy are misplaced — report

Source: Daniel Cusick, E&E News reporter • Posted: Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

In a clear pushback against what many believe is a Trump administration attack on clean energy, an independent consulting group today said there is no evidence that state and federal policies advancing renewables are key drivers behind the drawdown of baseload power plants. Rather, experts from the Analysis Group found that larger market forces — particularly a glut of inexpensive natural gas combined with relatively flat demand for electric power — have been much bigger factors in decisions affecting coal and nuclear power plants.