Bills look to boost infrastructure

Source: Sam Mintz, E&E News reporter • Posted: Thursday, June 15th, 2017

House and Senate lawmakers introduced a handful of bills this week aimed at promoting energy infrastructure, including dams and pipelines. One, from Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), is the latest in his efforts to establish an Appalachian natural gas storage facility. S. 1337 would make the proposed regional storage hub eligible for the Department of Energy’s loan guarantee program. It follows pieces of legislation from Manchin and his West Virginia colleague Sen. Shelley Capito Moore (R) aimed at studying and developing the energy hub

Iowa politicians voice thoughts on clean energy

Source: By Madeleine Neal, The Daily Iowan • Posted: Thursday, June 15th, 2017

“Since the ’80s, we’ve led the nation in renewable energy and fuels,” Reynolds said. “Not only do we feed the world, but we fuel the world.” But in addition to leading the nation in renewable energy and fueling job growth, Reynolds also said she will lead an all-Iowa farm trade mission to China in July, which she hopes will serve as another opportunity for Iowa to bring investment to the state and to grow its market share for Iowa commodities.

Scientists Praise Energy Innovation Office Trump Wants to Shut Down

Source: By BRAD PLUMER, New York Times • Posted: Thursday, June 15th, 2017

The debate over the future of energy innovation in the United States was renewed on Tuesday when a panel convened by the National Academy of Sciences released an in-depth report praising a key research office that President Trump wants to eliminate. The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, or ARPA-E, was created in 2007 under President George W. Bush to fund research into long-shot technologies, such as advanced batteries or algae-based biofuels, that might one day prove useful for tackling climate change and other energy challenges.

Renewables Groups To Congress: Do Not Slash Funding For Our Energy Programs

Source: By North American Wind Power • Posted: Thursday, June 15th, 2017

Five national business groups representing renewable energy technologies, developers, financiers and Fortune 500 buyers are urging Congress to fund what they feel are vital programs at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). A June 13 letter was penned to House and Senate appropriators from the American Council On Renewable Energy, American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), Geothermal Energy Association, National Hydropower Association and Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). The groups conveyed support specifically for programs at the DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Advanced Research Programs Agency – Energy (ARPA-E).

Wind, solar surpassed 10 percent of U.S. electricity in March: EIA

Source: By Valerie Volcovici, Reuters • Posted: Thursday, June 15th, 2017

Wind and solar accounted for more than 10 percent of U.S. electricity generation for the first time in March, the Energy Department’s Energy Information Administration said on Wednesday. Wind and solar power capacity has been growing in the United States, accounting for an average of up to 7 percent of electricity in 2016.

Wind and solar in March accounted for 10% of U.S. electricity generation for first time

Source: By Owen Comstock, EIA • Posted: Thursday, June 15th, 2017

For the first time, monthly electricity generation from wind and solar (including utility-scale plants and small-scale systems) exceeded 10% of total electricity generation in the United States, based on March data in EIA’s Electric Power Monthly. Electricity generation from both of these energy sources has grown with increases in wind and solar generating capacity. On an annual basis, wind and solar made up 7% of total U.S. electric generation in 2016.

Op-Ed: America’s energy and economic destiny will be up to the U.S., not the U.N.

Source: By Ryan Zinke, Des Moines Register • Posted: Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

This month, President Trump took decisive action to pull the United States out of the poorly negotiated Paris Accord. The Paris Accord was a bad deal for America. The agreement, which was crafted by the United Nations and signed by the Obama administration, would kill American jobs and manufacturing and cost our economy trillions of dollars, all while doing little to actually protect the environment, according to an MIT study.

Pruitt supports ‘sustainable’ goals connected to climate

Source: Niina Heikkinen, E&E News reporter • Posted: Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

The United States signed on to indirect international action on climate change at the recent Group of Seven environment ministers meeting, but it rejected explicit actions to address warming. U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt briefly faced his counterparts in Bologna, Italy, over the weekend, about a week after President Trump announced his decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement. While Pruitt reiterated that the United States would immediately stop action to implement the accord, he did join the other environment ministers in a communiqué agreeing to work toward the United Nations’ 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Trump started using ‘dominance.’ Now his Cabinet is

Source: Brittany Patterson, E&E News reporter • Posted: Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

“Energy independence” is out, and “energy dominance” is in. Trump administration officials are using a new term to describe America’s energy policy that aggressively pushes past the decades-old aspiration in the United States to break free from its addiction to imported energy.

L.A. and Long Beach mayors sign pact setting zero-emissions goals for ports

Source: By Tony Barboza, Los Angeles Times • Posted: Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

The mayors of Los Angeles and Long Beach signed an agreement Monday directing the nation’s largest port complex to reduce air pollution by moving toward zero-emission trucks and yard equipment. The two-page declaration signed by L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti and Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia says the ports “shall advance clean technologies and other efforts to move toward the goal of zero emissions” and establishes targets for zero-emission cargo-handling equipment by 2030 and zero-emission trucks by 2035.