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The President?s Climate Change Executive Order: Wrong Pretense
30 Mar 2017 at 9:53am
The President announced on Tuesday, March 28th at the Environmental Protection Agency his new Executive Order based on protecting 75,000 US coal jobs by threatening over 3 million US clean energy jobs.
According to MorningConsult
The order directs officials to review the Environmental Protection Agency regulations on new and existing power plants, withdraw the Obama administration?s ?social cost of carbon,? which puts a price on greenhouse gas emissions, end a moratorium on new coal leases on federal land, review regulations on methane emissions from natural gas systems, end a guidance for agencies to consider climate change, and end Bureau of Land Management restrictions on hydraulic fracturing.
The Trump administration has not yet released the text of the order which is based solely on saving coal and other fossil jobs, but a senior White House official shared details with reporters in a call on March 27th.
Viewpoint: UK Prime Minister mentions of certainty and policy could ultimatel...
30 Mar 2017 at 5:43am
In a portion of her statement delivered yesterday to the European Union, United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May said, ?I hereby notify the European Council in accordance with Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union of the United Kingdom's intention to withdraw from the European Union.?
Xcel Energy Plans Investment in 11 Wind Farms Across Seven States
30 Mar 2017 at 4:55am
Xcel Energy said it will invest in 11 new wind farms in seven states, bringing about 3,380 MW of new wind generation to its system by 2021. The investment will bring the total amount of wind power in Xcel?s energy mix to 35 percent, the utility said.
EU Backs 600-MW Kriegers Flak Wind Farm in Danish Waters
30 Mar 2017 at 4:34am
The European Commission on March 28 determined that its support of the 600-MW Kriegers Flak offshore wind farm in Danish territorial waters is in line with EU state aid rules. The commission said the project will help Denmark reduce CO2 emissions, in line with EU energy and climate goals, without unduly distorting competition.
As Trump Bows Out, States Set to Fill Void on Climate Change
30 Mar 2017 at 4:05am
As President Donald Trump scales down federal efforts to combat climate change, states are ramping up. California?s Air Resources Board broke with Trump and voted to uphold auto fuel efficiency rules, while Illinois offered a bail out to carbon-free nuclear producers. Iowa and Michigan have moved to increase incentives for renewable energy, and Maryland?s Republican Governor Larry Hogan is poised to sign a statewide ban on fracking.
Trump Slams Brakes on Obama?s Climate Plan, But There?s Still a Long Road Ahead
30 Mar 2017 at 3:38am
Badly looking for a political win that would both fulfill some campaign promises to his political base and satisfy the demands of rank-and-file Republicans in Congress, President Trump on March 28 signed an expansive Energy Independence and Economic Growth Executive Order.
China to Launch Green Certificates in Renewable Energy Sector
30 Mar 2017 at 3:13am
China?s National Development and Reform Commission, Ministry of Finance and National Energy Administration recently jointly announced a pilot program for the issuance of green certificates to renewable energy producers coupled with a trading scheme running on a voluntary basis across the country.
3@3 on Solar PV: Trump, Citisuns, Manufacturing Numbers
29 Mar 2017 at 1:10pm
Jenn Runyon, Chief Editor of Renewable Energy World and Paula Mints, Chief Market Research Analyst with SPV Market Research discuss three hot topics in the global solar industry for three minutes each. Today?s topics include President Donald Trump's "Energy Independence" executive order; solar "citisuns," what they are and how you can be one, too; and total installed capacity for solar including how much manufacturing capacity exists in the world today and what that means for solar businesses. Check it out.
Full Text of Presidential Executive Order on Promoting Energy Independence an...
29 Mar 2017 at 12:56pm
By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows:
Section 1. Policy. (a) It is in the national interest to promote clean and safe development of our Nation's vast energy resources, while at the same time avoiding regulatory burdens that unnecessarily encumber energy production, constrain economic growth, and prevent job creation. Moreover, the prudent development of these natural resources is essential to ensuring the Nation's geopolitical security.
Seven Key Solar PV Industry Metrics And What They Mean To You
29 Mar 2017 at 10:05am
Here?s a solid look at 2016 numbers from shipments to grid connections and an anlysis to help you understand how they will impact your business.
The Old, Dirty US Electric Grid Would Cost $5 Trillion to Replace. Where Shou...
29 Mar 2017 at 6:59am
The electric grid is an amazing integrated system of machines spanning an entire continent. The National Academy of Engineering has called it one of the greatest engineering achievements of the 20th century.
Cornell University Moving Forward with Geothermal Energy Plan
29 Mar 2017 at 6:28am
Cornell's Senior Leaders Climate Action Group presented its findings Tuesday night regarding the school's stated goal of becoming a carbon neutral campus within 20 years and the use of an "unproven" but intriguing new method of heat production that could greatly reduce the school's carbon footprint by nearly 40 percent.
A Low-Tech Approach To Energy Storage: Molten Metals
29 Mar 2017 at 6:23am
The ability to store energy promises to revolutionize the way we generate, transmit and use electricity - making renewable sources such as wind and solar cheaper and more dependable. Massachusetts is one of just three states requiring electric utilities to build battery facilities in the future.
Innovative Aggregation Expands Access to Large-scale Renewables
29 Mar 2017 at 6:01am
This week, the largest renewable energy project built in the U.S. through an alliance of diverse buyers reached commercial operation. The development of the 60-MW Summit Farms Solar project was driven by demand from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Boston Medical Center, and Post Office Square Redevelopment Corporation.
New Twist on Green Beer as Anheuser Busch Commits to 100 Percent Renewables
28 Mar 2017 at 8:11am
Leading the way among major producers of consumer goods, Anheuser-Busch (ABInBev) on Tuesday announced its commitment to become 100 percent powered by renewable energy by 2025. According to the company it will then become the largest corporate direct purchaser of renewable electricity in the consumer goods sector.
In total, this will shift 6 terawatt-hours of electricity annually to renewable sources in the markets where AB InBev operates and will help transform the energy industry in countries like Argentina, Brazil, India and markets across the African continent.