Thursday, March 16, 2017

BOEM launches N.C. offshore wind lease sale today

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Opinion: Renewables are good for everyone | Renewables advocates should tout climate benefits, NREL director says | Analysis: Clean energy has too much momentum to stop now
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Opinion: Renewables are good for everyone
Everyone benefits from renewable energy development's ability to combat climate change, improve water and air quality and encourage economic growth, writes Robert Ciesielski, chairman of the Energy Committee of the Atlantic Chapter of the Sierra Club. "We have at this time the ability to help create a sustainable energy system capable of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving the life of humankind and all creatures," he writes.
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Renewables advocates should tout climate benefits, NREL director says
Renewable energy advocates can increase support for their industry by focusing on how wind and solar can counteract climate change, said National Renewable Energy Laboratory Director Martin Keller at the Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association's annual meeting on Tuesday. "We have to continue to push innovation forward and we need to continue to tell the story about why we need federally funded research and innovation," he said.
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Analysis: Clean energy has too much momentum to stop now
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Clean energy development is here to stay, regardless of what the federal government does, according to this analysis. Observers argue that California and other states will continue to pursue their clean energy goals whether or not federal grants are available.
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BOEM launches N.C. offshore wind lease sale today
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is holding a lease sale today for up to 1.5 gigawatts of installed offshore wind capacity off the coast of North Carolina in the Kitty Hawk development zone. Nine companies have prequalified to participate, including Avangrid, Enbridge and PNE Wind. (U.K.) (3/15) 
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What happens if you don't adapt to IT changes?
Digital transformation isn't just a buzzword - it's a business requirement. Adapt to changing trends in technology or get left behind by your competitors. It's that simple. Frost & Sullivan examines the trends, the risks of not adapting, and how to change with the market via a systems integrator. Download Whitepaper
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Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult reviews Adwen blade
The Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult has begun testing an 88-meter turbine blade developed for Adwen's AD-180 8-megawatt offshore wind turbine, according to the organization. "The test outcomes will be used to validate the structural design of the blade," said ORE Catapult Blades Knowledge Area Lead Raul Prieto. (U.K.) (3/15) 
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N.Y. community could benefit from wind lease payments, resident says
Residents of Parishville, N.Y., should support Avangrid Renewables' proposed North Ridge Wind Farm because it would bring much-needed lease payments to local landowners and benefit the local economy, writes Janet Robbins. "If this area is to thrive, we must have some form of industry whether we welcome it or not," she writes.
Watertown Daily Times (N.Y.) (3/16) 
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Policy Watch
Trump proposes draft 2018 budget, including 31% cut at EPA
President Donald Trump published his first draft budget for fiscal 2018 today. If approved, the budget would cut funding for the Environmental Protection Agency by 31% and cut several of its programs, including Clean Power Plan and climate research initiatives.
Reuters (3/16),  Bloomberg (3/16),  The Hill (3/16) 
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Opinion: ARPA-E, EERE funding cuts could hinder US job creation
Cutting funding for the Energy Department's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy program and Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy office could hinder US job growth and have other long-term consequences for the country, writes Climate Nexus Executive Director Jeff Nesbit. He argues that the two programs have played a crucial role in the growth of clean energy, and that funding cuts could interfere with jobs creation, economic growth in rural communities and the development of new clean energy technology.
U.S. News & World Report (3/15) 
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Ill. county board OKs 18-month moratorium on wind, solar
The DeKalb County, Ill., Board unanimously voted in favor of a moratorium on wind and solar energy development that will last for either 18 months or until a sustainable energy ordinance has been created, the board said. Wind and solar companies will still be able to develop meteorological towers in the area during the ban.
Daily Chronicle (DeKalb, Ill.) (3/15) 
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Rep. Tom Reed: Wind works for America
Rep. Tom Reed, R-N.Y., penned an op-ed in The Hill this week explaining why the wind energy Production Tax Credit should be considered a successful policy, and why he thinks wind works for America. Reed cited wind's large-scale job creation, the income it provides to rural communities, and the economic investment it attracts as reasons why it's an important part of an all-of-the-above energy policy. Here are a few highlights from Reed's piece.
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