Most Oklahomans Support Wind Power, Oppose Wind Tax: Survey Says

Source: By Betsy Lillian, North American Wind Power • Posted: Friday, February 24th, 2017

According to recent surveys commissioned by American Wind Action (AWA), four in five “engaged citizens” in Oklahoma (those who voted in at least three of the last four general elections) have a “favorable” impression of wind, and more than half have a “very favorable” impression of wind – regardless of party affiliations or political ideologies.

North Dakota: Senate declines wind power moratorium, passes study

Source: By John Hageman, Bismark Tribune • Posted: Friday, February 24th, 2017

A proposal that would have created a two-year moratorium on new wind energy development in North Dakota was stripped from legislation that ultimately passed the Senate as a study of the state’s energy plan Wednesday. Senate Bill 2314, as passed by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Tuesday, would have prevented the Public Service Commission from approving a wind farm application submitted in the two years starting Aug. 1 unless the commission determined that added generation was needed for the state’s consumers.

Dream of Offshore U.S. Wind Power May Be Just Too Ugly for Trump

Source: By Joe Ryan, Bloomberg • Posted: Friday, February 24th, 2017

The push to win over the Trump administration comes as offshore wind is on the brink of success in North America after a decade of false starts. Costs are falling dramatically. Deepwater Wind LLC completed the first project in U.S. waters in August. And in September, the Obama administration outlined plans to ease regulatory constraints and take other steps to encourage private development of enough turbines to crank out 86,000 megawatts by 2050. That’s about the equivalent of 86 nuclear reactors. “We are an industry on the rise,” Thomas Brostrom, Dong’s general manager of North America, said in an interview. “We want very much to come in and explain to the new administration what we can do for job creation and energy independence.”

The White House claim that Obama-era regulations have cost $890 billion

Source: By Glenn Kessler, Washington Post • Posted: Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

The White House spokesman, in speaking about a House resolution signed by President Trump to roll back regulations enacted in the closing months of the Obama administration, cited an interesting statistic — that “Obama-era regulations … have cost the American business consumers a staggering $890 billion.” That seemed like a rather specific number, so we wanted to explore how valid it might be.

Lawmakers Propose ITC Extension That Would Benefit Distributed Wind

Source: By Betsy Lillian, North American Wind Power • Posted: Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

A bill that would provide a multiyear extension of the investment tax credit (ITC), including for small-scale wind power and other clean energy technology, has been re-introduced by bipartisan lawmakers. U.S. Reps. Tom Reed, R-N.Y., and Mike Thompson, D-Calif., have proposed the “Technologies for Energy Security Act,” which would provide parity with solar energy’s tax extension passed into law in 2015, explains the Distributed Wind Energy Association (DWEA), which is touting the benefits the bill would provide to the distributed wind industry.

Gov. Charlie Baker joins bipartisan coalition of governors asking President Donald Trump to support renewable energy

Source: By Mary Serreze, • Posted: Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

There is growing bipartisan support for renewable energy, if a recent letter from a bipartisan group of governors sent to the White House is any indication. Eight Republican and 12 Democratic governors this month asked President Donald J. Trump to support wind power, solar energy, grid modernization, transmission development and basic research on renewables. Mass. Gov. Charlie Baker is among the petitioning governors. “The nation’s wind and solar energy resources are transforming low-income rural areas in ways not seen since the passage of the Homestead Act over 150 years ago,” reads the Feb. 13 letter from the Governors’ Wind and Solar Energy Coalition.

Editorial: Wind energy proves worth in red states

Source: By Journal Star editorial board • Posted: Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

It’s one of the paradoxes of today’s political climate that wind energy, which often is promoted by liberal icons, is flourishing in red states. Texas, in fact, is the undisputed king when it comes to wind energy. Texas has attracted an estimated $38 billion in wind energy investment, with three times more wind generating capacity than any other state. Kansas and Iowa produce more than 30 percent of their electricity from wind. Oklahoma generates more than 20 percent.

E-Mails Reveal EPA Chief Cozied Up to Industry He Regulates

Source: By Jennifer A. Dlouhy, Todd Shields and Tim Loh, Bloomberg • Posted: Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

Newly installed EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt closely coordinated with major oil and gas companies, refiners and groups linked to the billionaire Koch brothers to combat environmental regulations during his time as Oklahoma attorney general, according to thousands of pages of e-mails released Wednesday. The documents, released under court order to the Center for Media and Democracy, a nonprofit watchdog, follow a pitched battle over whether Pruitt should lead the Environmental Protection Agency, culminating in a narrow 52-46 vote Friday to confirm him.

SolarCity’s Ties to Foreclosure Cases Raise Questions on Vetting Policies

Source: By DANIELLE IVORY, New York Times • Posted: Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

SolarCity, the nation’s leading installer of rooftop solar panels and a renewable energy darling, has pitched its value to investors on a simple premise: Once customers sign up to lease a system, they will make payments to the company month after month for at least 20 years. But even when the customers look good enough on paper, it does not always work out that way.

Tesla Swings to Loss in 4Q, Says Model 3 on Target

Source: By The Associated Press • Posted: Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

Unable to string together profitable quarters, electric car and solar cell maker Tesla Inc. reported a loss for the last three months of 2016. Tesla posted its first profit in three years in last year’s third quarter and had predicted net income in the fourth quarter. Instead, the company lost $121.3 million, or 78 cents per share, for the quarter. Still, that was less than half the $320.4 million loss from the year-earlier quarter.