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U.S. Likely To Become Net Exporter Of Energy, Says Federal Forecast

Source: By Jeff Brady, NPR • Posted: Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

The U.S. could become a net exporter of energy in coming years, according to the federal government’s Annual Energy Outlook 2017. This continues a trend the Energy Information Administration has highlighted before in its annual report. The EIA projects the country will continue to import oil through 2050, though at much lower levels than in the past. The main thing that will make the U.S. a net exporter of energy is natural gas.

Obama Presses Trump Not to Back Away From Clean Energy

Source: By Josh Lederman, Associated Press • Posted: Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

President Barack Obama cast the adoption of clean energy in the U.S. as “irreversible,” putting pressure Monday on President-elect Donald Trump not to back away from a core strategy to fight climate change. Obama, penning an article in the journal Science, sought to frame the argument in a way that might appeal to the president-elect: in economic terms. He said the fact that the cost and polluting power of energy have dropped at the same time proves that fighting climate change and spurring economic growth aren’t mutually exclusive.

U.S. solar lobbying group names ‘bridge builder’ as new lead

Source: By Nichola Groom, Reuters • Posted: Monday, January 9th, 2017

The U.S. solar industry’s top lobbying group named energy policymaker Abigail Ross Hopper as its new chief executive, pledging pragmatism as the sector prepares to work with an incoming president who has expressed doubts about its importance. Hopper joins the Washington-based Solar Energy Industries Association after serving as director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management for two years. At the BOEM, Hopper was responsible for leasing and permitting oil, gas and offshore wind projects.

EPA head’s top regret: failing to connect with rural America

Source: By Valerie Volcovici, Reuters • Posted: Monday, January 9th, 2017

Among the millions of rural Americans who voted for incoming president Donald Trump, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s legacy of hard-nosed regulation earned it a reputation as a jobs killer – a fact that outgoing EPA Director Gina McCarthy says could prove to be one of her biggest regrets. “We tried to change the outreach and messaging in rural America in a number of ways, but … has it changed the rhetoric that people hear? It hasn’t,” McCarthy said in an interview this week at EPA headquarters in Washington. “We couldn’t get it, but I wish we had.”

DOE Annual Energy Outlook projects doubling of wind energy

Source: By Michael Goggin, AWEA • Posted: Monday, January 9th, 2017

There’s good news from the Department of Energy (DOE) today. DOE’s annual report projecting the future of energy in America shows wind power capacity will double from 76 gigawatts (GW) today to 152 GW by the year 2023. However, new wind deployment drops off significantly in EIA’s scenarios after 2023. This drop-off appears to be driven by an anomaly in EIA’s assumptions about future cost reductions.

Will Donald Trump Blow Warren Buffett’s Clean-Energy Bet Off Course?

Source: By Stephen Gandel and Katie Fehrenbacher, Fortune • Posted: Monday, January 9th, 2017

What isn’t well known, in Iowa or elsewhere, is that one of the biggest winds at green energy’s back is coming from the world’s second-richest man. Buffett and his holding company, Berkshire Hathaway have spent more than $17 billion on renewable energy since 2004. Two years ago at the Edison Electric Institute’s annual power conference Buffett pledged to nearly double that.This year Berkshire is on track to spend almost $1 billion on its Iowa wind facilities alone—though Buffett admits he himself has never done more than drive past a wind farm. In an interview in November, Buffett told Fortune, “On the subject of hamburgers, I am an expert. Wind, I know less.”

Trump May Not Like Alternative Energy, but Investors Should

Source: By PAUL SULLIVAN, New York Times • Posted: Monday, January 9th, 2017

Given what President-elect Donald J. Trump has said about his energy strategy — he favors coal and wants to end federal subsidies to the clean energy industry — does it still make sense to invest in wind, solar and other alternative sources of power? The answer is an emphatic yes, according to investment advisers, who say clean energy companies will continue to thrive during a Trump administration, regardless of what the president says or does. The sector has become as much about getting returns on investments and catching the next technological boom as it is about reducing greenhouse gases and helping the environment. And clean energy is creating jobs in every state, not just the ones that have oil or gas in the ground. Even the most politically conservative states, like Kansas and Iowa, are leaders in wind power and are likely to continue investing in it.

EPA Nominee on Track for Confirmation, Top Republicans Say

Source: By Brian Dabbs, Bloomberg BNA • Posted: Monday, January 9th, 2017

Senate leadership is prepared to confirm Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as Environmental Protection Agency administrator with meager, or even nonexistent, Democratic support, top Republicans told Bloomberg BNA. Both Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) predicted Pruitt’s confirmation, despite an ongoing outcry from Democrats over the nominee’s skepticism of the human connection to climate change.

Governors Call on Congress to Develop National Offshore Wind Energy Policy

Posted: Friday, January 6th, 2017

Governors Call on Congress to Develop National Offshore Wind Energy Policy

Meet the Obscure Group Influencing Trump’s Energy Policy

Source: By Jennifer A Dlouhy, Bloomberg • Posted: Friday, January 6th, 2017

An obscure Washington policy group that opposes almost any government aid for renewable energy has emerged as an influential force in shaping Donald Trump’s plans to dismantle Obama administration climate initiatives. The tiny Institute for Energy Research and its advocacy arm, the American Energy Alliance, work from an office decorated with an oversized photo of an oil derrick in a nondescript building in downtown Washington.