Editorial: A Republican Carbon Tax

Source: By Editorial Board, Bloomberg • Posted: Thursday, February 9th, 2017

Alas, President Donald Trump and conservatives in Congress have already rejected the notion of a carbon tax. Perhaps this collection of eminences can open the Republican mind. As they point out, even if you don’t believe that humans are fully to blame for climate change, a carbon tax is the just the kind of insurance policy everyone needs.

States push back against DOE transmission siting authority

Source: Rod Kuckro, E&E News • Posted: Thursday, February 9th, 2017

The nation’s state utility regulators are poised to reassert their authority over the siting of electric transmission lines, beginning with a resolution to be considered at their winter meetings in Washington next week. The galvanizing issue is the Department of Energy’s unprecedented use of its authority to take an ownership stake in a 720-mile-long transmission project from the Oklahoma Panhandle to Tennessee.

Solar Power And Electric Vehicles To Halt Growth In Oil And Coal By 2020

Source: By Forbes • Posted: Thursday, February 9th, 2017

Trump has pushed through executive orders to revive the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines and he has even promised to revive the moribund US coal industry, causing shares in coal miners to soar. But a new report suggests that demand for coal and oil could peak by 2020 thanks to dramatic falls in the cost of solar power and electric vehicles.

Having climate change deniers in the White House doesn’t imply US renewable energy industry is dead

Source: By Mona Dajani, International Business Times • Posted: Thursday, February 9th, 2017

Donald Trump’s presidency has been called the ‘Triumph of Climate Change Denial’. His appointment of Myron Ebell to lead the US Environmental Protection Agency, and his open disdain for environmental legislation have been a major blow to renewable energy supporters who hoped that Hillary Clinton would continue former president Barack Obama’s work on renewable energy and programmes such as the American Clean Power Plan.

Full-go for NC wind farm that politicians claimed is threat

Source: By EMERY P. DALESIO, Associated Press • Posted: Thursday, February 9th, 2017

North Carolina’s first large-scale wind farm is fully operational despite efforts by some of the state’s most powerful politicians to shut down the $400 million project as a possible national security threat. Avangrid Renewables said Thursday its 104 wind turbines reaching 50-stories tall are now generating enough electricity for 60,000 homes. Amazon is buying the power produced in rural, northeastern North Carolina to run its Virginia data centers.

Wind surpasses hydro as largest U.S. renewable energy source

Source: By Nichola Groom, Reuters • Posted: Thursday, February 9th, 2017

Wind energy has surpassed hydropower as the biggest source of renewable electricity in the United States following the sector’s second-biggest quarter ever for new installations, a wind industry trade group said on Thursday. Wind installations totaled 82,183 megawatts at the end of 2016, enough to power 24 million homes, the American Wind Energy Association said in its fourth-quarter market report.

Wind Power Surpasses Hydroelectric in a Crucial Measure

Source: By DIANE CARDWELL, New York Times • Posted: Thursday, February 9th, 2017

The wind industry crossed an important threshold in the United States last year, exceeding the generating capacity of hydroelectric power for the first time, according to the main industry trade group, the American Wind Energy Association. The nation’s fleet of dams has long stood as the top renewable energy source, but there has been little market interest in building more big hydroelectric generating stations. In the meantime, wind has rapidly expanded — more than tripling in capacity since 2008 — with many more installations on the way.

Wind energy becoming more competitive, says Vestas CEO

Source: By Anmar Frangoul, CNBC • Posted: Thursday, February 9th, 2017

Wind energy is set to maintain its competitiveness in the energy market, according to the chief executive of global wind energy company Vestas, which released its annual earnings report on Wednesday. “I’m extremely satisfied with the performance in 2016,” Anders Runevad told CNBC. “Wind continues to increase its competitiveness in the energy space, and we take good advantage of that,” he added.

Wind Overtakes Coal Power in Europe as Turbines Head Offshore

Source: By Jess Shankleman, Bloomberg • Posted: Thursday, February 9th, 2017

European wind power grew 8 percent, to 153.7 gigawatts, comprising 16.7 percent of installed capacity and overtaking coal as the continent’s second-biggest potential source of energy, according to figures published Thursday by the WindEurope trade group. Gas-fired generation retained the largest share of installed capacity

Big Utilities Try to Tilt Solar Energy Market in Their Favor

Source: By The Associated Press • Posted: Thursday, February 9th, 2017

Indiana’s energy utilities want state lawmakers to pass a law that critics say would muscle out smaller companies from the emerging solar energymarket. Solar power provides only about 1 percent of the country’s energy, but the industry is growing rapidly, with figures showing it employed 208,859 workers in 2015. That amounts to a 125 percent increase since 2010, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.