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Iowa’s electric costs blowing downward, group says

Source: By Donnelle Eller, Des Moines Register • Posted: Monday, April 3rd, 2017

Iowa’s electric rates are lower now than nearly two decades ago, says an Iowa City group, pointing to wind energy for helping to keep costs low. Iowa power users paid an average of 8.35 cents per kilowatt hour in 2015, that when adjusted for inflation is about 5 percent less than 1998, when wind energy got its start in the state, said David Osterberg, who founded the Iowa Policy Project and released a study Thursday looking at energy costs.

Plunging price of renewable energy makes end of fossil fuels inevitable, says report

Source: By Ian Johnston, The Independent • Posted: Monday, April 3rd, 2017

“In the US, the renewable energy sector has become a major job creator: since 2009, the solar industry created one out of every 80 new jobs, and the country’s fastest-growing occupation is wind turbine technician. “While President Donald Trump may have promised to bring back coal jobs, he will no doubt find resistance – in both Congress and statehouses – should his efforts come at the expense of clean energy jobs.”

Energy Department climate office bans use of phrase ‘climate change’

Source: By Eric Wolff, Politico • Posted: Monday, April 3rd, 2017

A supervisor at the Energy Department’s international climate office told staff this week not to use the phrases “climate change,” “emissions reduction” or “Paris Agreement” in written memos, briefings or other written communication, sources have told POLITICO.

New EPA documents reveal even deeper proposed cuts to staff and programs

Source: By Juliet Eilperin, Chris Mooney and Steven Mufson, Washington Post • Posted: Monday, April 3rd, 2017

At a time when the agency is considering a controversial rollback in fuel efficiency standards adopted under President Obama, the plan would cut by more than half the number of people in EPA’s division for testing the accuracy of fuel efficiency claims by automakers. It would transfer funding for the program to fees paid by the automakers themselves.

Lawmakers Aim to Safeguard Renewable Energy Credits in Tax Overhaul

Source: By Brian Dabbs, Bloomberg BNA • Posted: Monday, April 3rd, 2017

“There’s immense drive to sustain them,” former Ways and Means Committee ranking member Sandy Levin (D-Mich.) told Bloomberg BNA. “The answer is the only way tax reform works is if it’s bipartisan, and there’s strong commitments from Democrats to support the renewable tax credits.”

Op-Ed: Change isn’t a spectator sport: Renewable energy can happen without Washington

Source: By Matt Tomich, The Hill • Posted: Friday, March 31st, 2017

You don’t have to invoke any new political divisions to explain President Trump’s roll-back of Obama’s Clean Power Plan or his reversal of Obama’s decision on the Keystone XL pipeline. Feeding fossil fuels and starving clean energy is established orthodoxy; it comes straight out of the Reagan and Bush playbooks.

Oklahoma Senate panel approves rolling back wind tax credit

Source: By The Associated Press • Posted: Friday, March 31st, 2017

Legislation that rolls back a state tax credit for the wind energy industry has been approved by an Oklahoma Senate panel. The Senate Committee on Appropriations on Wednesday voted 34-6 for the House-passed measure and sent it to the full Senate for consideration.

Offshore impact ‘small’ on fishing

Source: By Renewable Energy News • Posted: Friday, March 31st, 2017

Offshore wind farms in the Atlantic Ocean off the US coast will have a minimal impact on commercial fishing, according to a new report from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. The BOEM study has been produced in conjunction with the National Marine Fisheries Service to better understand fishing activity in areas of potential offshore wind development.

Northeast needs more land for wind, solar to flourish — study

Source: Daniel Cusick, E&E News reporter • Posted: Friday, March 31st, 2017

Clean energy goals in more than a half-dozen Northeastern states may flounder unless regulators, elected officials and developers do more to mollify political opposition and build rural public support for wind and solar farms, a new analysis has found.

Court postpones arguments in litigation over carbon rule

Source: Amanda Reilly, E&E News reporter • Posted: Friday, March 31st, 2017

The federal court hearing the litigation over the Obama administration’s carbon rule for new power plants today postponed oral arguments that were scheduled for next month. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit removed the arguments from its calendar at least until it decides what to do with the Trump administration’s motion to pause the case.