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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.

Carter: Renewable Energy Can Help Trump Create Jobs

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

Former President Jimmy Carter said Wednesday millions of jobs could be created in the United States if President Donald Trump embraced renewable energy sources such as geothermal, solar and wind power. Carter, a Democrat who was the first U.S. president to install solar panels at the White House, said he hoped the Republican Trump would give it “deep consideration.”

Trump’s Team Urges Freeze to Program That Aided Solyndra

Source: By Ari Natter, Bloomberg • Posted: Thursday, February 9th, 2017

President Donald Trump’s advisers have recommended the Energy Departmentfreeze and consider ending a loan program that famously backed the failed solar panel maker Solyndra LLC, according to two people familiar with the plan.

NRDC: States should lead low-carbon economy

Source: By Daniel J. Graeber UPI • Posted: Thursday, February 9th, 2017

It may be up to the governments of U.S. states to take the lead in the effort to advance a low-carbon economy, the Natural Resources Defense Council said. A review of federal data from the NRDC finds the U.S. renewable energy sector was one of the largest job creators in recent years. The estimated 350,000 people tied to the solar energy sector is greater than some parts of the conventional fossil fuels industry and wind energy was moving in a similar employment direction.

Wind farm off Block Island operating at full capacity after repair

Source: By Alex Kuffner, Providence Journal Staff Writer • Posted: Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

The first offshore wind farm in the United States, installed in the waters off Block Island last fall, is now operating at full capacity after technicians repaired a turbine that was damaged during construction. “Testing confirmed that the repair was successful, and the turbine is now running normally,” Jeffrey Grybowski, CEO of project developer Deepwater Wind, said in a statement. “The Block Island Wind Farm continues to perform well.”

Gov. Mary Fallin proposes tax on Oklahoma wind production

Source: By Paul Monies, The Oklahoman • Posted: Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

Oklahoma would become the second state to impose a tax on wind power, and its tax would be the nation’s highest, under a proposal announced Monday by Gov. Mary Fallin. In her executive budget, Fallin proposed a 0.5 cent per kilowatt hour tax on electricity from wind generation. She also wants to sunset existing tax incentives for the wind industry earlier than planned.

Repeal without replace: a dangerous GOP strategy on Obamacare and climate

Source: By Dana Nuccitelli, The Guardian • Posted: Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

House Republicans have introduced a bill to rewrite the Clean Air Act. The bill, which has 114 co-sponsors (all Republicans), would revise the Clean Air Act such that: The term ‘air pollutant’ does not include carbon dioxide, water vapor, methane, nitrous oxide, hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons, or sulfur hexafluoride. This change would kill the EPA regulation of carbon pollution that’s a key component of the Clean Power Plan.

Energy lobbyist expected to land key White House slot

Source: Robin Bravender, E&E News reporter • Posted: Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

President Trump is expected to hire an energy lobbyist with executive branch experience and deep ties to Capitol Hill Republicans for a top White House energy post. Mike Catanzaro, a lobbyist at CGCN Group whose résumé also includes stints at the White House and U.S. EPA, is expected to soon sign on as special assistant to the president for energy and environmental issues in the White House National Economic Council, according to two sources close to the Trump administration. He’d take a post that’s expected to be one of the most influential energy positions in the Trump administration.

Even Trump can’t dismiss the success of renewables

Source: By Martin Wright, The Guardian • Posted: Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

What impact will the climate-sceptic, coal enthusiast President Trump have on the prospects for renewable energy? How will Brexit affect the UK’s renewable sector? And what’s driving the growth of clean energy in Asia? These were key questions for participants at a Guardian roundtable on the future of wind and solar power, supported by Julius Baer.