Massachusetts request may boost northern energy projects

Source: BY WILSON RING, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS • Posted: Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

A request by the state of Massachusetts for a supply of clean, renewable electricity could give a boost to proposals to carry Canadian renewable energy to southern New England via proposed transmission lines in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. There are a handful of proposals across the three states designed to help energy-hungry states Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut make use of the renewable energy available in Canada, and experts say the Massachusetts request gives a huge boost to those efforts.

Oklahoma governor to decide fate of wind energy tax credits

Source: By Dale Denwalt, Daily Oklahoman • Posted: Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

“They’ve been incredibly beneficial, but we remain the first and only industry to offer to phase out its incentives,” Clark said. “This is just the culmination of that. I hope other industries will follow the example we set.” Lawmakers who opposed the bill have said that ending incentives earlier than their sunset date sets a poor example to other industries who use tax incentives.

US Wind offers Maryland move

Source: By Renewable Energy News • Posted: Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

US Wind has offered to shift the 750MW Maryland offshore wind project 8km farther out to sea after local officials complained the turbines would be too visible from the beach. The council of Ocean City criticised plans to site turbines 19km offshore following a presentation on 3 April by US Wind project development director Paul Rich. The company heard the opinions “loud and clear” and has already started preliminary engineering redesigns since the meeting last week, said Rich.

Perry: Trump committed to making renewables competitive with fossil fuels

Source: By John Siciliano, The Washington Examiner • Posted: Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

Energy Secretary Rick Perry said Monday that the Trump administration supports making wind and solar energy more competitive with coal and fossil fuels, while simultaneously urging the world to embrace more natural gas exports and high-efficiency coal plants to help the environment. “We are committed to developing, deploying and commercializing breakthrough technologies and developing the necessary policies that will help renewables become competitive with traditional sources of energy,” Perry said after meeting with his counterparts of the Group of Seven of the world’s most advanced economies.

Carbon emissions from energy sector drop

Source: By Timothy Cama, The Hill • Posted: Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

Carbon dioxide emissions from the United States’ energy sector fell last year, due mainly to a significant drop in the use of coal. The Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported Monday that energy-related emissions of carbon dioxide, the most common human-emitted greenhouse gas, were down 1.7 percent in 2016, compared with the previous year.

Clean Energy Investment Drops 17% as China and U.S. Scale Back

Source: By Jess Shankleman, Bloomberg • Posted: Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

Clean-energy investment fell 17 percent in the first quarter, keeping pace with last year’s decline, as the U.S. and China both scaled back support for wind and solar farms. The $53.6 billion funneled into projects such as renewable energy, efficiency and electric cars during the first three months of the year marked the lowest investment for the quarter since 2013, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance. A surge in financing for large offshore wind projects at the start of last year wasn’t repeated in 2017.

Maine lawmaker backs bill to block wind turbines

Source: By Patrick Whittle, Associated Press • Posted: Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

The state legislature is considering a proposal that would prevent Maine from permitting an offshore wind energy project in the vicinity of Monhegan Island. Monhegan Island is a tiny island about 12 nautical miles off of Maine’s coast that is well known as a home to artists, seasonal residents and lobster fishermen. Maine Aqua Ventus intends to install a two-turbine, 12-megawatt project off its coast.

Senators to Pruitt: How will you cut CO2 now?

Source: Niina Heikkinen, E&E News reporter • Posted: Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

Leading Democrats in the Senate and state attorney general offices are calling for greater transparency and more documents from U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. The requests follow recent moves by the Trump administration to roll back President Obama’s climate policies. Liberal politicians and some conservatives have expressed concern that EPA has shifted its focus from protecting public health and the environment to shielding the financial interests of the private sector. Senate Environment and Public Works ranking member Tom Carper (D-Del.), along with 22 other senators, sent a letter to Pruitt on Friday requesting the administrator lay out how the agency will meet legally required controls of carbon emissions without the Clean Power Plan.

The Next Solar Energy Revolution Is Hiding in Plain Sight

Source: By Kate Baggaley, NBC News • Posted: Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

When most people think of powering their homes with solar energy, they imagine a fleet of unsightly panels covering their roofs and yards. But that’s changing fast. This month, Tesla will begin taking orders for solar shingles that can generate power for the home and still look like everyday roofing tiles. But roofs aren’t the only surfaces that can hide solar cells. There’s a revolution underway to transform windows, skylights, and roads to generate electricity. The future of solar power will be built into every part of our daily lives.

Solar Interests, Utilities, State Regulators Join to Pursue Clean Energy

Source: By Ernie Shea, 25x25 • Posted: Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

Reinforcing the move to clean energy are the economic benefits derived from renewables. An analysis of 2017 DOE jobs data shows that across the energy sector, the clean energy industry employs far more American workers than the fossil fuel industry, by a margin of more than 2.5 to 1; and they outnumber all jobs in coal and natural gas by 5 to 1. The kind of collaborative work being done by regulators, solar interests and customers in Nevada, Arizona and other states is producing opportunities for renewable energy growth, and demonstrates the strong willingness of the players to cooperate over tough issues. We commend these interests at the state and local levels for doing the hard work necessary to keep the nation moving toward a clean energy future.