Energy industry says ‘no thanks’ to Trump aid

Source: Peter Behr, E&E News reporter • Posted: Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

“I hope that this is the beginning of a constructive conversation about improvement in, and expansion of, the transmission system,” said Kathleen Shea, president of the power industry group WIRES, which advocates for transmission projects. “Let’s be clear, however,” she added. “The transmission sector does not seek taxpayer funding for the challenges that ail us. We look for the kind of leadership and vision that fosters practical policy and regulatory solutions at all levels.”

Overnight Energy: Zinke, Perry nominations advance | Expect drama over EPA pick Wednesday

Source: BY TIMOTHY CAMA AND DEVIN HENRY, The Hill • Posted: Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

Wednesday’s Environment and Public Works Committee hearing to vote on Scott Pruitt’s nomination to lead the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is set to go less smoothly. Democrats have lambasted Pruitt’s nomination, questioning his acceptance of climate science and noting his work suing the EPA during his tenure as Oklahoma’s Attorney General.

Yuan’s Gain Has Surprised Trump, Incoming China Envoy Says

Source: By Mario Parker, Bloomberg • Posted: Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

Trump’s “a strong leader and China’s got a strong leader, and I know them both very well,’ Branstad said. “Hopefully we can find a way to do what’s good for America, but can also be a win-win situation that’s beneficial for China.” Last week, Trump signed an executive order to withdraw the U.S. as a signatory to the Trans-Pacific Partnership accord with 11 other nations. Those types of pacts are likely to be replaced with bilateral trade agreements between America and other countries, according to Branstad.

Carbon tax chances slim under Trump, though even Tillerson supports the idea

Source: By Bill Loveless USAToday • Posted: Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

With the Trump Administration poised to reverse U.S. policies on climate change, the head of a major oil and natural gas company is calling again for governments around the world to put a price on carbon emissions once and for all. BP CEO Bob Dudley reiterated his company’s longstanding position in releasing its annual report on global energy trends.

Hawaii’s largest solar park now online

Source: By PV Tech • Posted: Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

The Hawaiian Electric Companies (HECO) has commissioned the Island’s largest solar park, the 27.6MW Waianae Solar project. The project broke ground in March 2016 with the array coming online mid-this month. It constitutes the largest in operation in Hawaii to date; generating enough clean electricity to power around 11,000 homes annually. Located on just over 80 hectares of land in West Oahu, the park will sell its energy to HECO at the rate of 14.5 cents/kWh. It is therefore not only the biggest, but on the lowest-cost renewable projects on the Island

Why a red state is the No. 1 wind energy producer in America

Source: By Charlie Wood, Christian Science Monitor • Posted: Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

Wind capacity in America has swung sharply upward since 2000, and the latest boost came this Wednesday: New York continued the wind bonanza with Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s announcement that Long Island will soon host America’s biggest offshore wind farm. But despite the governor’s ambitious plans for the blue state to get half of its energy from renewables by 2030, it still lags, at least in wind, far behind America’s unexpected leader. Everything’s bigger in Texas. And that includes energy of all varieties.

Tesla’s Battery Revolution Just Reached Critical Mass

Source: By by Tom Randall, Bloomberg • Posted: Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

Tesla Motors Inc. is making a huge bet that millions of small batteries can be strung together to help kick fossil fuels off the grid. The idea is a powerful one—one that’s been used to help justify the company’s $5 billion factory near Reno, Nev.—but batteries have so far only appeared in a handful of true, grid-scale pilot projects. That changes this week.

Trump’s Climate Stance Threatens Relations With China

Source: By Joe Ryan, Bloomberg • Posted: Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

President Donald Trump’s vow to pull back from climate-change efforts endangers one of the few areas where China and the U.S. have seen eye-to-eye, exacerbating tensions as he takes on more contentious subjects. “There is a long history of countries that struggle to get along, using the subject of the environment to continue talking and build good will,” said David Victor, co-chair of the Brookings Institution’s foreign policy, energy security and climate initiative. “This is the equivalent of fathers and sons talking about sports.”

U.S. will change course on climate policy, Trump official says

Source: By Nina Chestney, Reuters • Posted: Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

The United States will switch course on climate change and will pull the country out of a global pact to cut emissions, said Myron Ebell, who headed U.S. President Donald Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) transition team until his inauguration. “(Trump) could do it by executive order tomorrow or he could do it as part of a larger package,” Ebell told a conference in London on Monday. “I have no idea of the timing.”

Overnight Energy: Senate begins moving Trump’s energy, environment team

Source: BY TIMOTHY CAMA AND DEVIN HENRY, The Hill • Posted: Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources will vote on two Trump administration nominees on Tuesday, pushing ahead the confirmation process for President Trump’s energy and environment team. The committee will consider Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.) to be Interior secretary and Rick Perry to be secretary of Energy.