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New York Utility OKs Wind Energy Project Off Long Island

Source: By The Associated Press • Posted: Thursday, January 26th, 2017

Environmentalists, union officials and others popped champagne Wednesday after a New York utility approved plans for a modest wind energy farm off the east coast of Long Island. The project won’t generate much power — just 90 megawatts from 15 turbines when it opens in 2022 — but supporters hope it will help prove the feasibility of larger offshore wind farms.

Nation’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm Will Be Built Off Long Island

Source: By DIANE CARDWELL, New York Times • Posted: Thursday, January 26th, 2017

Seeking to meet growing electric demand in the Hamptons with renewable energy, the Long Island Power Authority approved the nation’s largest offshore wind farm on Wednesday, set for the waters between the eastern tip of Long Island and Martha’s Vineyard. The farm, with as many as 15 turbines capable of powering 50,000 average homes over all, is the first of several planned by the developer, Deepwater Wind. It will be in a 256-square-mile parcel, with room for as many as 200 turbines, that the company is leasing from the federal government

Two-Thirds Of Americans Disagree With Trump’s Focus On Fossil Fuels

Source: By Hayley Miller, Huffington Post • Posted: Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

As President Donald Trump prepares to boost fossil fuel production, a Pew Research Center poll finds that 65 percent of Americans would rather the U.S. focus on developing clean energy. The new poll, released Monday, shows that 27 percent said fossil fuels should be a priority, compared with 65 percent who favored renewable energy. Public support for renewable fuels has risen 5 percentage points since 2014, Pew said, with 81 percent of Democrats and 45 percent of Republicans now backing it as a priority. Among those aged 18 to 49, 73 percent favored renewables, compared with half of those over 50.

Home-grown Kenyan solar farm powers computers – and protects girls

Source: By Benson Rioba, Reuters • Posted: Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

When the first few residents of this village in the Ngong hills installed solar panels, nearly a decade ago, the only aim was to power their own homes, as their town had no connection to the national power grid. But today the community, south of Nairobi in the Rift Valley, is buzzing with solar and wind energy.

Climate Change Efforts Under Siege After Trump Election-E.ON CEO

Source: By Christoph Steitz and Vera Eckert, Reuters • Posted: Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

German utility E.ON, which owns billions of euros worth of wind parks in the United States, said global efforts to tackle climate change were suffering serious setbacks, singling out the election of Donald Trump as a key obstacle. “President Trump has clearly distanced himself from climate protection during his election campaign: for him it does not appear to be much more than a disguised attack by the Chinese on American jobs,” E.ON Chief Executive Johannes Teyssen said.

Home of World’s Biggest Wind Turbine Maker Bypasses Trump Sphere

Source: By Peter Levring, Bloomberg • Posted: Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

Denmark’s minister in charge of energy policy plans to head to the U.S. this year to talk to state representatives in an effort to promote wind energy despite open declarations of hostility toward the technology from President Donald Trump. Lars Christian Lilleholt, energy minister in Denmark’s minority center-right coalition led by Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen, plans to travel to the U.S. to do the same and will count on state legislatures to see the potential of the energy form, irrespective of signals from Washington D.C.

Trump administration tells EPA to freeze all grants, contracts

Source: By Brady Dennis and Juliet Eilperin, Washington Post • Posted: Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

The Trump administration has instructed officials at the Environmental Protection Agency to freeze its grants and contracts, a move that could affect everything from state-led climate research to localized efforts to improve air and water quality to environmental justice projects aimed at helping poor communities. An email went out to employees in the agency’s Office of Acquisition Management within hours of President Trump’s swearing-in on Friday.

Republicans, Democrats bicker over infrastructure plans

Source: by Richard Cowan and David Morgan, Reuters • Posted: Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

Republicans and Democrats argued over the best way to rebuild U.S. infrastructure – a high priority of President Donald Trump – with no agreement in sight following skirmishes on Tuesday between the two parties.

Democrats offer a trillion-dollar infrastructure plan

Source: By MAGGIE HABERMAN, JENNIFER STEINHAUER and CHARLIE SAVAGE, New York Times • Posted: Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

Daring Mr. Trump to make good on his grand infrastructure promises, Senate Democrats on Tuesday will unveil a trillion-dollar plan to rebuild the nation’s roads, railways, airports, waterways and sewer systems over 10 years. The plan dedicates $180 billion to rail and bus systems, $65 billion to ports, airports and waterways, $110 billion for water and sewer systems, $100 billion for energy infrastructure, and $20 billion for public and tribal lands.

California governor speech comes amid shifting politics

Source: BY JULIET WILLIAMS, Associated Press • Posted: Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

The election of President Donald Trump and a Republican Congress has upended the order for California Democrats, who have pursued aggressive greenhouse gas-reduction policies that had backing from the previous administration. The state also embraced the federal health care law and has committed billions to expanding Medi-Cal, the state’s health insurance program for the poor.