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Paradigm Shift: Wind Energy Can Be the New Baseload

Source: By Kelley Welf, Morning Consult   • Posted: Friday, February 17th, 2017

Exciting news came at a recent energy policy forum in Minnesota when David Saggau, CEO of Great River Energy, which provides energy to 28 electric co-ops in Minnesota, stated that he sees wind quickly becoming the new baseload. “In the past, we tended to think of our coal resources as baseload and every other resource being supplemental to that,” said Saggau. “I would suggest to you that wind is quickly becoming the new baseload; and to be viable going forward, all other sources must be flexible enough to be supplemental to the wind.”

States jockey for jobs in nascent U.S. industry

Source: Saqib Rahim, E&E News reporter • Posted: Friday, February 17th, 2017

To encourage the United States to get into the game, the Obama administration auctioned off 1 million acres of federal waters. Massachusetts, Maryland, New York, North Carolina and even California are exploring the resource. But the offshore wind industry, and the environmentalists and labor unions that support it, has pressed for more. It has urged states to take after Europe: to commit to a large-scale, long-term pipeline of projects. The “magic number” for that pipeline remains debated. But advocates say it was that scale that helped drive down costs in Europe and birth the industry there.

Trump urged to back offshore

Source: By Renewable Energy News • Posted: Friday, February 17th, 2017

A bipartisan coalition of 20 governors has called on President Donald Trump to help grow offshore wind energy in the US. In a letter sent by the Governors’ Wind & Solar Energy Coalition (GWSC), they asked the Trump administration to adopt comprehensive long-term offshore wind development legislation. Specifically, the governors said a long-term extension of a 30% investment tax credit is “critical” to incentivise development.

EPA staff told to prepare for Trump executive orders: sources

Source: By David Shepardson, Timothy Gardner and Richard Valdmanis, Reuters • Posted: Friday, February 17th, 2017

Staff at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have been told that President Donald Trump is preparing a handful of executive orders to reshape the agency, to be signed once a new administrator is confirmed, two sources who attended the meeting told Reuters on Wednesday. A senior EPA official who had been briefed by members of the Trump administration mentioned the executive orders at a meeting of staffers in the EPA’s Office of General Counsel on Tuesday, but did not provide details about what the orders would say, said the sources, who asked not to be named.

E.P.A. Workers Try to Block Pruitt in Show of Defiance

Source: By CORAL DAVENPORT, New York Times • Posted: Friday, February 17th, 2017

Employees of the Environmental Protection Agency have been calling their senators to urge them to vote on Friday against the confirmation of Scott Pruitt, President Trump’s contentious nominee to run the agency, a remarkable display of activism and defiance that presages turbulent times ahead for the E.P.A. Many of the scientists, environmental lawyers and policy experts who work in E.P.A. offices around the country say the calls are a last resort for workers who fear a nominee selected to run an agency he has made a career out of fighting — by a president who has vowed to “get rid of” it.

Senate on Track to Confirm Scott Pruitt as EPA Administrator

Source: By The Associated Press • Posted: Friday, February 17th, 2017

Senate Republicans are poised to use their majority to confirm President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency. A vote on Scott Pruitt’s nomination is set for Friday, despite a call from Democrats for a delay. A judge in Oklahoma on Thursday ordered Pruitt, the state’s attorney general, to release thousands of his emails with oil and gas executives by next week. Pruitt has refused to release the emails for more than two years.

California demand for wind power energizes transmission firms

Source: By Nichola Groom, Reuters • Posted: Thursday, February 16th, 2017

A firm controlled by Philip Anschutz, the billionaire entertainment and pro sports magnate, will soon build the largest wind farm in the United States to serve utilities in California, where officials have set ambitious green power goals. The $5 billion project, however, will be constructed 700 miles away in Wyoming, a state better known for coal mines and oil fields. The vast distance between the two states provides a different Anschutz-owned firm with another big opportunity: a $3 billion project building transmission lines to deliver the power – one of a dozen similar power-line projects by other companies across the West. In all, about 5,700 miles of transmission lines are in development with the goal of delivering renewable energy to California from other states, according to the Western Interstate Energy Board.

Democrats propose doubling Nevada’s renewable energy target

Source: By The Associated Press • Posted: Thursday, February 16th, 2017

Democratic lawmakers are proposing legislation to move Nevada away from fossil fuels more quickly than planned. Democratic Assemblyman Chris Brooks of Las Vegas introduced a bill this week that would double the amount of renewable energy Nevada will mandate by 2025. Assembly Bill 206 would require energy providers to generate 50 percent of electricity from so-called “clean” sources in the next eight years.

US governors set out renewables bid to Trump

Source: By David Weston, Wind Power Monthly • Posted: Thursday, February 16th, 2017

he Governors’ Wind and Solar Energy Coalition (GWSEC) has written to renewables opponent Donald Trump arguing the technologies’ importance and potential in the US. GWSEC is chaired by Gina Raimondo, governor of Rhode Island, the home state of the US’ first offshore wind project, Deepwater Wind’s 30MW Block Island site.

Democrat and Republican governors unite to call for US wind and solar boost

Source: By James Murray, Business Green • Posted: Thursday, February 16th, 2017

Trump’s environmental agenda is facing conflicting pressures, with calls from state governors for a rethink of clean energy policy and renewed support from US Republican grandees to implement a nationwide carbon tax clashing with pressure from US automakers to review President Obama’s fuel efficiency standards. The new President has been hit by a wave of fresh calls for him to reconsider his previous hostility towards renewable energy technologies and climate policies, but this time the plea is coming not from green campaigners or clean tech firms, but some of his own Republican colleagues.