US offshore to ‘top 2.2GW in 2026’

Source: By Renewable Energy News • Posted: Friday, May 5th, 2017

The US will have installed about 2.2GW of offshore wind capacity by 2026, according to a new report by Make Consulting. The report – ‘2017 North America Wind Power Outlook’ – says robust state-level policies in the north-east US will help support the development of at least one new project a year out to 2026.

Kansas increasingly turning wind into gold

Source: By Dan Voorhis, Wichita Eagle • Posted: Friday, May 5th, 2017

Kansas wind power continues to grow, analysts say. The state will reach 5,000 megawatts of wind power generation capacity this year, according to the American Wind Energy Association’s first-quarter report. Only Texas, Oklahoma, California and Iowa produce more.

Senate passes omnibus with strong bipartisan backing

Source: George Cahlink, E&E News reporter • Posted: Friday, May 5th, 2017

The Senate yesterday sent a huge fiscal 2017 omnibus spending bill to the president, who is expected to sign it into law and avert a government shutdown at midnight tomorrow night when current funding expires. The Senate cleared the bill with bipartisan support, 79-18, with no Democrats opposing the legislation. It came on the heels of similar bipartisan backing in the House yesterday. The White House has signaled President Trump will sign the bill, despite some criticism of it earlier this week.

Colorado bill would extend, change energy office’s mandate

Source: By JAMES ANDERSON Associated Press • Posted: Thursday, May 4th, 2017

A Colorado Senate committee on Wednesday passed a bill to save a state energy agency from extinction — but with caveats that would drastically reduce the agency’s renewable energy portfolio and make it easier for some utilities to produce and stockpile natural gas. The latter provision has little to do with the Colorado Energy Office , whose funding expires June 30. But it’s a goal pushed by the bill’s sponsor, Republican Sen. Ray Scott, who represents a western Colorado region rich in natural gas.

Turbines propel Nebraska past a wind-energy milestone

Source: By NICHOLAS BERGIN, Lincoln Journal Star   • Posted: Thursday, May 4th, 2017

Nebraska has joined the “Gigawatt Club. With the raising of Grand Prairie, a 400-megawatt wind farm in Holt County, Nebraska has sailed past 1,000 megawatts — or 1 gigawatt — of wind-generated capacity. It’s the 18th state to join the club, according to the American Wind Energy Association. Despite ranking fourth among states in abundant wind, Nebraska has long been a straggler when it comes to harnessing that resource. The state briefly climbed to 17th in wind energy production last year before being bumped down to 18th by New Mexico during this year’s first quarter.

More than dust in the wind: Kansas a first quarter leader

Source: By Greg Alvarez, AWEA Blog • Posted: Thursday, May 4th, 2017

Kansas finished behind only Texas in new wind installations during the quarter. Nearly 500 MW of new in-state capacity came online, and the state will soon top 5,000 MW. As Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has said, ““Building a world-class wind industry in Kansas has demonstrated that a market-driven approach to renewable energy can and will benefit industry and consumers alike.”

Debate Over Paris Climate Deal Could Turn on a Single Phrase

Source: By JOHN SCHWARTZ, New York Times • Posted: Thursday, May 4th, 2017

The debate within the Trump administration over what to do about the Paris climate agreement has reached a critical phase, according to people familiar with the internal negotiations. The decision could hinge on the interpretation of a single phrase in a single provision of a document that took years to write. The question is whether to walk away from the agreement sealed by the Obama administration and nearly 200 other nations at the end of 2015 — as Donald J. Trump promised as a presidential candidate to do — or to weaken the nation’s commitment under the deal to reducing greenhouse gases while remaining in the accord.

12 governors tell Trump they can meet carbon goals

Source: Hannah Hess, E&E News reporter • Posted: Thursday, May 4th, 2017

Twelve Democratic governors today urged President Trump to continue U.S. involvement in the Paris Agreement, telling him their states are proof that cutting carbon does not mean sacrificing jobs or the economy. The governors of California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Minnesota, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia and Washington wrote to Trump, pointing out they are already seeing the impacts of climate change through rising sea levels, increased flooding, drought and extreme weather.

Trump puts critic of renewable energy in charge of renewable energy office

Source: By Juliet Eilperin and Brady Dennis, Washington Post • Posted: Thursday, May 4th, 2017

President Trump has appointed Daniel Simmons, a conservative scholar who sharply questioned the value of promoting renewable energy sources and curbs on greenhouse gas emissions, to oversee the Energy Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), according to an email distributed to department employees. The selection marks one of several recent Trump appointments to top energy and environmental posts, which appear to repudiate the Obama administration’s policies aimed at shifting the nation to low-carbon sources of electricity. Last week, Trump nominated David Bernhardt, a lobbyist who served at the Interior Department under George W. Bush, as Interior’s deputy secretary. And Alex Herrgott, who had served as majority deputy staff director at the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, has joined the White House Council on Environmental Quality to serve as associate director for infrastructure.

Wind group fights back on Oklahoma incentives with ad campaign

Source: By Paul Monies, The Oklahoman • Posted: Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

The battle of the airwaves over Oklahoma wind is heating up, with American Wind Action releasing ads on Monday countering an earlier ad campaign by the anti-incentive Windfall Coalition. The group plans to run ads on TV, radio and digital outlets for the rest of the month across the state. Calling it a “six-figure” ad buy, American Wind Action is targeting Harold Hamm, founder of Continental Resources Inc. and one of the backers of the Windfall Coalition. The ad also criticizes former Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating, who appears in one of the ads for the Windfall Coalition. Another ad features former University of Oklahoma football coach Barry Switzer.