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How Scottish Wind Power Beat Trump But Lost the War

Source: By Jess Shankleman, Bloomberg • Posted: Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

Scotland was so bullish about becoming Europe’s wind energy hub its politicians fell out with a brash real-estate developer and reality TV star called Donald Trump. Five years on, Trump’s ambitions have taken him to the White House. But instead of the 950 offshore turbines Scotland envisioned by the end of 2017, it has only 63 because of legal battles, geographical challenges and caps on government aid.

Solar, Wind Industries Pitch Job Growth to New Administration

Source: By By Rebecca Kern, Bloomberg BNA • Posted: Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

The solar and wind industries are pushing a message they think sells well even with an administration fixed on helping fossil fuels: Renewable energy creates jobs. Solar and wind are among fastest growing sectors in the economy, and the trend is projected to continue, the renewable industries say. “Our messaging all along has been jobs,” Christopher Mansour, vice president of federal affairs at the Solar Energy Industries Association, said. “When you’re talking to any politician at the federal, state or local level …. jobs equals voters, and so jobs is such a strong message for decision makers at all levels,” Mansour told Bloomberg BNA.

US Energy Dept. Still Believes That Small Wind Turbines Are Da Bomb

Source: By Tina Casey, CleanTechnica • Posted: Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

The renewable energy spotlight shines brightest on the latest crop of supersized wind turbines and gigantic wind farms, but the small wind sector still has a chance to plant its flag on the US energy landscape. In the latest development, the Energy Department is readying another round of funding aimed at accelerating cutting edge technology for distributed wind energy. The funding program is relatively small compared to other federal energy programs — for example, a 2014 round in the same program totaled a measly $1.3 million — but a little goes a long way in the small turbine field.

Gary Griggs, Our Ocean Backyard: We must move toward renewable energy

Source: By Gary Griggs, Santa Cruz Sentenial • Posted: Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

We live in an extraordinarily complex and crowded world today, all 7.5 billion of us. We have huge demands for water, food and energy, some of us far more than others, and quite honestly, there isn’t enough to go around. According to the United Nations, 21,000 people around the world die of hunger or hunger-related causes every day. This is one person every four seconds, and most of these are children.

Supreme Court stay factors into litigation’s future

Source: Amanda Reilly, E&E News reporter • Posted: Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

The Trump administration asked a federal court today to indefinitely suspend lawsuits over the Clean Power Plan rather than send the litigation back to U.S. EPA. Pausing the litigation indefinitely would conserve judicial resources and maintain the status quo — including the Supreme Court’s February 2016 stay of the Obama administration’s signature climate rule, the Department of Justice argued.

Governor Brown heading to China to promote climate policies

Source: Debra Kahn, E&E News reporter • Posted: Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) is going to China early next month to drum up support for climate and clean energy policies as well as general trade cooperation. The weeklong trip will see Brown attend an international clean energy conference in Beijing, the Clean Energy Ministerial, and visit two other economic powerhouses: Chengdu, in the province of Sichuan, and Nanjing, in Jiangsu province. Brown will also host another clean energy forum in Beijing under the auspices of his Under2 Coalition, a group of governments nonbindingly committed to reducing emissions to under 2 tons per capita by 2050.

Grid review splits renewable energy providers

Source: Christa Marshall, E&E News reporter • Posted: Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

Several renewable energy groups are urging Energy Secretary Rick Perry to use a contested grid study to consider how their industries are not receiving the same benefits as wind, natural gas and other technologies. Critics see DOE’s review of grid reliability and subsidies as a potential threat to the federal wind tax credit, especially since study leader Travis Fisher has questioned its value and the broader benefit of renewable energy mandates.

Infrastructure package will land on Hill in a few weeks — Chao

Source: Camille von Kaenel, E&E News reporter • Posted: Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

The Trump administration will send its infrastructure package to Congress in a few weeks, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao told the U.S. Chamber of Commerce today. Sixteen agencies have been preparing the broad package, she said, which will pack $200 billion in direct federal spending for a broad range of projects — from roads and bridges to broadband and energy infrastructure.

China, India surpass U.S. as most attractive renewables markets: report

Source: By Nina Chestney, Reuters • Posted: Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

China and India have surpassed the United States to become the two most attractive countries for renewable energy investment, a report by UK accountancy firm Ernst & Young showed on Tuesday. In an annual ranking of the top 40 renewable energy markets worldwide in terms of allure, China was the top country, followed by India.

Trump pick for Interior deputy gets his day in the sun

Source: Corbin Hiar, E&E News reporte • Posted: Monday, May 15th, 2017

President Trump’s controversial pick for deputy secretary of the Interior Department is likely to face tough questions from senators this week about his work for energy industry clients and service at the agency during the George W. Bush administration. David Bernhardt, who is currently chairman of the natural resources department at the law firm Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP, will appear before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on Thursday morning.