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Nations’ First Offshore Wind Farm To Debut – NBC News

By NBC News • Posted: Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

Nations’ First Offshore Wind Farm To Debut – NBC News

Rhode Island offshore wind farm, first in the U.S., to power thousands of homes

Source: By Jericka Duncan, CBS News • Posted: Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

Fifteen miles off the coast of Rhode Island stand 600-foot turbines, anchored in 90 feet of Atlantic waters. They are expected to generate enough energy to power 17,000 homes. “We see this being a big industry, we see offshore wind producing a lot of energy for the United States, particularly here in the Northeast where the winds are really strong,” said Jeff Grybowski, CEO of Deepwater Wind, which built the wind farm.

When One Party Has the Governor’s Mansion and the Other Has the Statehouse

Source: By TRIP GABRIEL, New York Times • Posted: Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

“Governors that know what they’re doing can get a lot done,” said Gov. Jay Nixon of Missouri, a Democrat who has faced implacable opposition from Republican supermajorities in his state legislature. “You have to be able to take a hit,” he added. “You can’t let ’em see you sweat.”

Ohio Governor Vetoes Bill to Extend Freeze on Renewable Energy

Source: By Chris Martin, Bloomberg • Posted: Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

Ohio Governor John Kasich rejected a bill to extend a freeze on a law that requires utilities in the state to buy more electricity from renewable sources including wind and solar power. The bill would have extended for two years a delay on the state’s requirement that utilities get 12.5 percent of their power from renewables by 2027, slowing development of the clean energy technologies and threatening investment and jobs, Kasich said Tuesday in a statement. House bill 554 would also have made the goal voluntary.

States Will Lead on Climate Change in the Trump Era

Source: By THE EDITORIAL BOARD, New York Times • Posted: Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

Over the last decade or so, most states have reduced their greenhouse gas emissions by promoting energy efficiency and renewable fuels. These trends should continue as clean energy costs continue to decline and, in some parts of the country, fall below the cost of dirtier fuels like coal.

Trump says energy regulations are hurting economic growth. The evidence says otherwise.

Source: By Vivek Wadhwa and Mark Muro, Washington Post • Posted: Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

Thanks to decades of innovation, smart regulation, and technology investment, the nation can grow and decarbonize at once. The key is to accelerate the move to low-carbon technology by strengthening—not eliminating—the rules and technology investments that are driving it.

Withdrawing Obama climate plan would ‘lead to more litigation,’ AGs warn Trump

Source: By Chris Mooney, Washington Post • Posted: Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

When it comes to the pending litigation before the D.C. Circuit, they say, “be assured that we would vigorously oppose in court any attempt to remand the Clean Power Plan back to EPA so late in the litigation, and prior to a decision from the Court on the merits of the claims.” The attorneys general behind the letter include not only Schneiderman but California’s Kamala Harris, Massachusetts’s Maura Healey and several others.

Weak Federal Powers Could Limit Trump’s Climate-Policy Rollback

Source: By Justin Gillis, New York Times • Posted: Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

The federal government does offer important subsidies for renewable energy, and they will surely become a target in the new Congress. But those subsidies are already scheduled to fall drastically over five years, in a deal cut a year ago that gave the oil industry some favors and that passed Congress with many Republican votes. If Mr. Trump pushes for an early end to the subsidies, he will find that renewable energy has friends in the Republican Party. Topping that list is Charles E. Grassley, the senior senator from Iowa. That state — all-important in presidential politics, let us remember — will soon be getting 40 percent of its electricity from wind power.

Czechs Open Production of Batteries Based on Nanotechnology

Source: By The Associated Press • Posted: Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

A Czech company opened on Monday a production line for batteries based on nanotechnology, which uses tiny parts invisible to human eyes. The batteries are touted as potentially more efficient, longer-lasting, cheaper, lighter and above all safer. The automatic line will operate for several months to get all necessary certifications. Then, Prague-based company HE3DA said Monday it is ready to launch other lines in a new plant built in eastern Czech Republic, and at a factory in Slovakia.

Wind Energy Is Behind A Historic Shift in US Electricity Production

Source: By David Schlissel, CleanTechnica • Posted: Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

Wind generation has grown by more than 11 million megawatt-hours (MWh) in just a year in the huge ERCOT market of Texas. The increase, which has driven wind’s share of generation to 48 million MWh in the first 11 months of 2016 from 36 million MWh in the first 11 months of 2015, has displaced over 11.6 million MWh of electricity that would otherwise have been produced at fossil-fired plants.