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Off Long Island, Wind Power Tests the Waters

Source: By DIANE CARDWELL, New York Times • Posted: Monday, January 23rd, 2017

Only a few years ago, the long-held dream of harnessing the strong, steady gusts off the Atlantic coast to make electricity seemed destined to remain just that. Proposals for offshore wind farms foundered on the shoals of high costs, regulatory hurdles and the fierce opposition of those who didn’t want giant industrial machinery puncturing the pristine ocean views. Now the industry is poised to take off, just as the American political landscape and energy policy itself face perhaps the greatest uncertainty in a generation.

As U.S. Cedes Leadership on Climate, Others Step Up at Davos

Source: By HIROKO TABUCHI, New York Times • Posted: Monday, January 23rd, 2017

Under the Obama administration, the United States took on a climate leadership role. But President Trump has threatened to quit the Paris climate deal, and within minutes of his taking office on Friday, the White House website removed a discussion of the threat of climate change and replaced it with a commitment to eliminate cornerstone environmental policies. If the United States is willing to cede its role, however, there are plenty of countries happy to step up. Over four days of intense politicking and parleying at the World Economic Forum in Davos, the annual gathering in the Swiss Alps where global policy and business leaders debate the world’s challenges, the sizable Chinese delegation seemed to preach climate action every chance it got.

Trump’s Victory Creates Uncertainty for Wind and Solar Power

Source: By CATHY BUSSEWITZ AND GEOFF MULVIHILL, Associated Press • Posted: Monday, January 23rd, 2017

President Donald Trump has disputed climate change, pledged a revival of coal and disparaged wind power, and his nominee to head the Energy Department was once highly skeptical of the agency’s value. What this means for states’ efforts to promote renewable energy is an open question. States that are pushing for greater reliance on wind and solar power are not quite sure what to expect as Trump takes over. Many of them depend heavily on federal renewable-energy tax credits, grants and research, much of which comes from the Energy Department.Renewable energy accounts for about 15 percent of the electricity generated in the United States. And 29 states have set targets for boosting their reliance on such power.

With Trump in Charge, Climate Change References Purged From Website

Source: By CORAL DAVENPORT, New York Times • Posted: Saturday, January 21st, 2017

Within moments of the inauguration of President Trump, the official White House website on Friday deleted nearly all mentions of climate change. The one exception: Mr. Trump’s vow to eliminate the Obama administration’s climate change policies, which previously had a prominent and detailed web page on whitehouse.gov.

What Would The Economic Impact Be If Everyone Installed Solar Panels?

Source: By Paul Mainwood, Forbes • Posted: Friday, January 20th, 2017

What is the economic impact if everyone install solar panel on their roof? Before starting, we should recognize that everyone in the world going up and installing solar panels on their roof is not the most cost-effective approach to energy generation. It costs a lot to get all those panels all the way up those ladders, and residential roof-tops are usually not the best locations. It’s far more efficient to design and install proper utility-scale solar farms.

Navy: Wind Farm Opposed by GOP Lawmakers Won’t Harm Radar

Source: By The Associated Press • Posted: Friday, January 20th, 2017

The Pentagon says it disagrees with Republicans in North Carolina who claim a $400 million clean energy project slated to power data centers for Amazon.com Inc. poses a threat to national security. State legislative leaders have asked the incoming Trump administration to either kill or require major changes to the nearly completed wind farm, which they said will interfere with the operation of a military radar installation that scans for aircraft and ships hundreds of miles out over the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean.

Critical federal approvals for massive Wyoming wind project

Source: By The Associated Press • Posted: Friday, January 20th, 2017

The biggest onshore wind development in the works in the U.S. has received two critical federal approvals. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management on Wednesday approved the 500-turbine first phase of the Chokecherry and Sierra Madre wind project in southern Wyoming.

Trump nominees share a less urgent climate-change line

Source: By Brady Dennis and Chris Mooney, Washington Post • Posted: Friday, January 20th, 2017

No so long ago, Rick Perry described the science behind human-caused climate change as a “contrived phony mess.” On Thursday, during his confirmation hearing to become the next head of the Energy Department, the former Texas governor expressed a markedly different view — one that has begun to sound very familiar in recent days. “I believe the climate is changing,” he told lawmakers. “I believe some of it is naturally occurring, but some of it is caused by man-made activity. The question is how we address it in a thoughtful way that doesn’t compromise economic growth.

Perry Vows to Defend Energy Department Research, Loan Programs

Source: By Ari Natter, Bloomberg • Posted: Friday, January 20th, 2017

Rick Perry, Trump’s choice to lead the Energy Department, said he supported the department’s broad research programs and its controversial loan guarantees for innovative technologies. He also disavowed a questionnaire sent by Trump’s team demanding a list of staff members working on climate change programs. “I’m a big believer that we have a role to play, both in basic research, obviously, but also in that applied research — to bring new technologies, new commercialization, new economic development opportunities to this country,” Perry told the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. “I will be an advocate,” he said, noting he has a background of “defending budgets.”

Energy Pick Vows to Boost Agency He Had Pledged to Eliminate

Source: By MATTHEW DALY, The Associated Press • Posted: Friday, January 20th, 2017

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, tapped by President-elect Donald Trump to head the Energy Department, vowed to be an advocate for an agency he once pledged to eliminate and promised to rely on federal scientists, including those who work on climate change. Perry told a Senate committee on Thursday that he regrets his infamous statement about abolishing the department and insisted it performs critical functions, particularly in protecting and modernizing the nation’s nuclear stockpile.