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Appeals Panel Agrees to Delay Case on Coal Plant Pollution

Source: By The Associated Press • Posted: Friday, April 28th, 2017

The Trump administration has successfully delayed a legal fight over enforcing Obama-era restrictions on pollution from coal-fired power plants. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Thursday granted a request from the Environmental Protection Agency to postpone a planned hearing on 2012 rules requiring energy companies to cut emissions of toxic chemicals. Though the regulations are finalized and already in effect, the new administration told the court it intends to rewrite them.

Home to World’s Biggest Wind-Turbine Maker to End All Subsidies

Source: By Peter Levring, Bloomberg • Posted: Thursday, April 27th, 2017

After more than four decades of relying on subsidies, Denmark’s renewable energy industry is ready to survive on its own much sooner than anyone expected. The Danish energy minister, Lars Christian Lilleholt, says that “in just a few years,” renewable energy providers won’t need state support anymore. He says it’s a development he couldn’t have imagined as recently as last year. “We’re now very close to arriving,” he said in an interview in Copenhagen on Monday, after receiving a set of recommendations from a government-appointed panel on Denmark’s energy future.

Wind project could bring cheaper power to TVA

Source: By Dave Flessner, Times Free Press • Posted: Thursday, April 27th, 2017

The developers of a proposed transmission line to carry wind-generated power from the Oklahoma plains to the Tenneseee Valley claim their $2.5 billion project could help TVA get cheaper and cleaner power. But the political winds appear to be blowing against TVA buying the wind-generated power, even though it is cheaper than even the fuel prices for coal or natural gas, according to one of the executives who has worked on the project for the past eight years.

New developments help Nebraska take advantage of its capacity for wind power, which accounted for more than 10 percent of its energy in 2016

Source: By Cole Epley, Omaha World-Herald • Posted: Thursday, April 27th, 2017

Nebraska’s wind capacity is fourth-best in the country when it comes to the potential for producing electricity, but the state lags behind 16 others when it comes to actually tapping that resource.

That could soon change, though, as more high-profile wind developments come blowing through — one, the 400-megawatt Grande Prairie project in Holt County, already is helping Nebraska catch up to its potential, industry watchers say. That project is feeding on the Cornhusker State’s largely unrealized wind potential. As the largest wind farm built anywhere in the U.S. last year, Grand Prairie pushed wind’s share of electricity generated in Nebraska to more than 10 percent, according to the latest annual report from the American Wind Energy Association.

Maryland Could Host the Nation’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm

Source: By CARA NEWCOMER, Associated Press • Posted: Thursday, April 27th, 2017

The Maryland Public Service Commission is considering two proposals for offshore turbines off the coast of Ocean City, giving Maryland the potential to host the nation’s largest offshore wind farm. The companies — US Wind and Deepwater Wind — plan to build turbines off the coast, using wind to generate clean energy. The turbines are connected to transmission lines that travel underground, carrying the energy to substations to be stored, distributed and used. The approval of just one farm would put Maryland on the map with the largest, but the commission could potentially approve both proposals as long as both projects would not exceed an established price and fee increase for ratepayers, according to the Maryland Public Service Commission’s Communications Director Tori Leonard.

Solar company to Trump: We will ‘die’ without tariffs

Source: Christa Marshall, E&E News reporter • Posted: Thursday, April 27th, 2017

Bankrupt solar company Suniva is urging the Trump administration to impose new trade barriers to prevent the wipeout of the U.S. solar manufacturing industry. The Georgia-based manufacturer, which produces about half of U.S.-made solar cells and panels, filed a petition with the International Trade Commission today requesting that tariffs of 40 cents a watt be placed on solar cells made outside the U.S. over a four-year period. Additionally, the request asks the Trump administration to set a base import price of 78 cents per watt — or about a 30 percent price increase — on foreign-made panels.

Germany Calls Rick Perry’s Push to Rework Paris Climate Agreement ‘Absurd’

Source: By Joe Ryan, Bloomberg • Posted: Thursday, April 27th, 2017

Germany fired back at Rick Perry’s criticism of Europe for not living up to its vow to fight climate change, saying the U.S. energy secretary’s suggestion to renegotiate the landmark Paris accord is “absurd.” The 2015 global agreement to limit global warming-causing gases already lets nations adjust their own emissions targets, making it pointless for the U.S. to reopen talks in hopes of winning more favorable terms, said German environment ministry spokesman Michael Schroeren.

Perry Says Trump Should Renegotiate, Not Exit, Paris Accord

Source: By Joe Ryan, Bloomberg • Posted: Thursday, April 27th, 2017

Energy Secretary Rick Perry became the latest senior member of President Donald Trump’s administration to publicly advocate for staying in the Paris climate accord, saying the U.S. should renegotiate the deal and push European nations to take on a larger share of emissions reductions. “I’m not going to tell the president of the United States to walk away from the Paris accord,” Perry said at the Bloomberg New Energy Finance conference in New York on Tuesday. “I will say that we need to renegotiate it.”

Short-term CR introduced to avert shutdown

Source: George Cahlink, E&E News reporter • Posted: Thursday, April 27th, 2017

Congress will pass a short-term stopgap spending bill this week to avert a government shutdown tomorrow, as lawmakers have yet to wrap up negotiations over a broad spending package for fiscal 2017. House Appropriations Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-N.J.) announced late last night the introduction of a $1.07 trillion continuing resolution that will “keep the government open and operating as normal” through May 5 until permanent funding is passed. It will also continue health benefits for coal miners until a deal is finalized.

New wind puts Wyoming top of the list for renewables, but the reality is more complicated

Source: By Heather Richard, Casper Star Tribune • Posted: Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

Wyoming, the fourth-largest producer of natural gas and home to the biggest open pit coal mine in the country, recently became the top state for renewable energy per capita. A recent state ranking by the Union of Concerned Scientists, a group advocating for a move to renewable resources for electricity generation, also listed Wyoming as the top state for new renewable energy development. Coming first in any renewable category may be surprising to many in the Cowboy State, and for good reason. The state’s coffers have historically been filled with money from coal, oil and natural gas.