An infrastructure plan Democrats can love?

Source: By ERIC LIPTON,  New York Times • Posted: Monday, December 19th, 2016

The president-elect’s son-in-law and close adviser, Jared Kushner, told New York business leaders on Friday that Mr. Trump’s vision for a large-scale federal infrastructure program was “closer” to Senator Chuck Schumer’s, the incoming minority leader, than to the majority leader, Senator Mitch McConnell’s. Mr. Kushner made the remarks at an event hosted by the Partnership for New York City, just after an appearance by Mr. Schumer, the New York senator.

Proposal for wind farm in Nebraska Sand Hills region is whipping up a ruckus

Source: By Paul Hammel, Omaha Wald Herald • Posted: Monday, December 19th, 2016

Carolyn Semin and her husband, LeRoy, moved out to their patch of the Sand Hills in the 1950s. Other than a random passing vehicle on nearby Highway 20 they have enjoyed an unspoiled view of miles and miles of grass-covered prairie ever since. There are more cows than people in Cherry County, and the closest village, Kilgore, has a population that barely exceeds the capacity of a single school bus. But that sense of isolation was shattered this spring when a neighbor called to inform the Semins that 30 wind turbines, each more than 400 feet tall, were being planned across the highwa

Trump’s Cabinet Selections Signal Pointed Shift After Obama

Source: By Ken Thomas, Associated Press • Posted: Monday, December 19th, 2016

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry once famously struggled to name three federal departments he would eliminate if elected president, muttering “oops” during a 2011 presidential debate. In one of the ironies of the Trump transition, Perry is now preparing to run one of those agencies, the Energy Department, after more than 14 years as governor. Perry presided over his state’s vast oil and gas industries and leading wind energy sector. He is currently on the boards of two petroleum companies seeking approval for the Dakota Access Pipeline project. He would be a break from predecessors such as Steven Chu, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist, and Ernest Moniz, a nuclear physicist from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

From Catfish to Kombucha, Conservatives Target Rules

Source: By Erik Wasson, Bloomberg • Posted: Monday, December 19th, 2016

The House Freedom Caucus wish list, sent by chairman Mark Meadows to Trump’s transition team, includes 228 federal regulations to examine or revoke. It’s designed to hold Trump to his campaign promise to use his presidential pen to loosen rules on businesses. It’s also certain to trigger partisan fights in Congress. Cutting regulation is a top priority next year as it can help boost U.S. economic growth and “reignite animal spirits,” House Speaker Paul Ryan said today in Washington.

Interior Department Auctions Over 79,000 Acres Offshore New York for Wind Energy Development

Source: By Tracey Moriarty (BOEM), Office of the Secretary, DOI • Posted: Monday, December 19th, 2016

Furthering President Obama’s comprehensive Climate Action Plan to create American jobs, develop domestic clean energy resources and cut carbon pollution, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Director Abigail Ross Hopper today announced the completion of the nation’s sixth competitive lease sale for renewable energy in federal waters. The provisional winner of today’s lease sale is Statoil Wind US LLC.

Michigan House approves energy bills on final day of term

Source: By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press • Posted: Monday, December 19th, 2016

The Michigan Legislature approved a rewrite of state energy laws, voting on the final day of the two-year term Thursday to boost the required use of renewable sources of power and to keep intact some competition in the electricity market. The bills, which passed 79-28 and 76-31 with bipartisan votes in the Republican-led House, then cleared the Senate 33-4. Gov. Rick Snyder will sign the legislation, which has been one of his top priorities.

The U.S. solar industry is booming — and it isn’t afraid of Trump

Source: By Chelsea Harvey, Washington Post • Posted: Friday, December 16th, 2016

The optimistic new report, published by the Solar Energy Industries Association and market analysis firm GTM Research, comes at a time of mounting uncertainty for the future of renewable energy and environmental policy in the United States. President-elect Donald Trump has recently sparked major concern about among environmentalists with his nominations for heads of the federal energy and environment agencies.

U.S. Wind Power Enjoys a Rebirth as Solar’s Obstacles Mount

Source: By Nichola Groom, Reuters • Posted: Friday, December 16th, 2016

A year after Congress extended generous tax credits for renewable energy projects, the U.S. wind industry is thriving. Solar power companies, meanwhile, are hunkering down for a rough 2017.The tax credit renewal has boosted the long-term outlooks for both industries. But in the short term, the subsidies are far more attractive for wind power, which has spurred utilities to launch wind projects while they scale back or delay solar installations.

Bidding underway in NY auction

Source: By Renewable Energy News • Posted: Friday, December 16th, 2016

US regulators have closed bidding for the day in the hotly contested 800MW New York offshore wind auction. The sale will continue Friday morning at 8:30am Eastern time. Three companies bid a record $25.5m in the twenty-seventh and final round of the day on Thursday.

As Trump Signals Climate Action Pullback, Local Leaders Push Forward

Source: By TATIANA SCHLOSSBERG, New York Times • Posted: Friday, December 16th, 2016

Mayors and governors — many of them in states that supported President-elect Donald J. Trump — say they are equally determined to continue the policies and plans they have already adopted to address climate change and related environmental damage, regardless of what they see from Washington. “With a federal government that’s hostile to climate action, more and faster climate action work from cities, states and businesses will be required to stay anywhere near on track with our carbon pollution goals,” said Sam Adams, the former mayor of Portland, Ore., and current director of the World Resources Institute United States.