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Delays Dog ‘Shovel Ready’ Projects in Trump’s Infrastructure Plan

Source: By Luciana Lopez, Reuters • Posted: Monday, April 24th, 2017

“The shovel ready moniker that they put on projects, it’s just rarely applicable,” said Bill Miller, president and chief executive of two companies that overlap the two lists. The Power Company of Wyoming LLC is building the Chokecherry and Sierra Madre Wind Energy Project, and TransWest Express LLC is developing the TransWest Express Transmission Project, crossing Wyoming, Colorado, Utah and Nevada. The Chokecherry and Sierra Madre wind project, which is being built in part on federal land, took eight years and “tens of millions of dollars” before it could recently start construction. The TransWest Express transmission project is still waiting for several state-level permits, Miller said.

Republican Cracks Emerging in Trump’s Coal-Heavy Energy Plan

Source: By Joe Ryan, Bloomberg • Posted: Monday, April 24th, 2017

Trump may be resolutely committed to fossil fuels, but the economic reality is renewables are now among the cheapest sources of electricity. Wind and solar were the biggest sources of power added to U.S. grids three years running, becoming key sources of jobs in rural America. That’s created clean-energy constituencies in North Carolina, Texas and other parts of the country that supported Trump in November.

For First Time Since 1800s, Britain Goes a Day Without Burning Coal for Electricity

Source: By KATRIN BENNHOLD, New York Times • Posted: Monday, April 24th, 2017

Friday was the first full day since the height of the Industrial Revolution that Britain did not burn coal to generate electricity, a development that officials and climate change activists celebrated as a watershed moment. The accomplishment became official just before 11 p.m., when the 24-hour period ended. Coal powered Britain into the industrial age and into the 21st century, contributing greatly to the “pea souper” fogs that were thought for decades to be a natural phenomenon of the British climate.

City Of South Lake Tahoe Makes 100% Renewables Pledge

Source: By North American Wind Power • Posted: Friday, April 21st, 2017

On Tuesday, the South Lake Tahoe city council approved a measure establishing a goal of transitioning the community entirely to renewable sources of electricity by 2032. In concert with the city council’s vote, South Lake Tahoe Mayor Austin Sass has also signed on to the I AM PRO SNOW program’s 100% Committed campaign, part of The Climate Reality Project.

Wind power play for oil

Source: By Renewable Energy News • Posted: Friday, April 21st, 2017

The technical feasibility of using wind power to assist in offshore oil extraction has been established in the first phase of a new project. The venture, led by DNV GL and involving ExxonMobil and Eni, found that wind could be used to power water injection in a manner that is cost competitive with conventional extraction methods. The process involves using a floating wind turbine to power an injecting process capable of sufficiently pressurising reservoirs to encourage oil extraction.

Federal court kills large wind energy project in southeast Oregon

Source: By The Associated Press • Posted: Friday, April 21st, 2017

A federal court has killed a large wind energy project in southeast Oregon over concerns about a declining sage grouse population that needs the area to breed. The U.S. District Court in Portland vacated plans for the project Tuesday, bringing an end to lengthy litigation over the proposal by Columbia Energy Partners. The project proposal was for wind energy development on roughly 10,500 acres of private land in Harney County near Steens Mountain.

Perry hints at big policy shifts with coal group

Source: Umair Irfan, E&E News reporter • Posted: Friday, April 21st, 2017

Energy Secretary Rick Perry hinted at upcoming policy changes as he spoke to an advisory group about innovation in coal power. “I didn’t come here to do inconsequential things,” Perry told the National Coal Council, an independently funded advisory group to the Department of Energy, at its annual meeting in Alexandria, Va. “I came to serve a president with a clear and bold vision for this country.”

Trump Admin. Outlines Global Solar Plan: 10 Terawatts By 2030

Source: By Tina Casey, Clean Technica • Posted: Friday, April 21st, 2017

President Trump talks a great game when it comes to US coal miners and coal jobs but he sure is walking the renewables walk. The latest item in the flood of renewable energy news pouring from the Energy Department since Inauguration Day is a new study that charts a do-able path for global energy producers to harvest 5-10 terawatts of solar power by 2030. That’s quite a big feat considering that the current scope of global solar generation is still measured in gigawatts, but then again President Trump is known to be a huge fan of the bigly.

Red states among renewable energy leaders

Source: Kavya Balaraman, E&E News reporter • Posted: Friday, April 21st, 2017

Wyoming might be in coal country, but it’s also leading the country in renewable energy capacity, a new report finds. Wyoming’s expanding wind sector has placed it at the top of a ranking of states’ clean energy development by the Union of Concerned Scientists. The report found that renewable sources account for all of the new power plant capacity added to the state between 2016 and 2019. Wyoming also leads in terms of renewable energy development per capita.

Gigantic Wind Turbines Signal Era of Subsidy-Free Green Power

Source: by Jess Shankleman , Brian Parkin , and Anna Hirtenstein, Bloomberg • Posted: Friday, April 21st, 2017

Offshore wind turbines are about to become higher than the Eiffel Tower, allowing the industry to supply subsidy-free clean power to the grid on a massive scale for the first time. Manufacturers led by Siemens AG are working to almost double the capacity of the current range of turbines, which already have wing spans that surpass those of the largest jumbo jets. The expectation those machines will be on the market by 2025 was at the heart of contracts won by German and Danish developers last week to supply electricity from offshore wind farms at market prices by 2025.