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IRENA: Renewables employed 9.8 million people worldwide in 2016

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Calif. Senate leader touts clean energy economy at WINDPOWER 2017
California's clean energy economy means the state "can dramatically expand clean energy while also growing our economy and putting people to work," said California Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin de Leon during his keynote speech at the American Wind Energy Association's WINDPOWER 2017 conference on Tuesday. AWEA CEO Tom Kiernan also spoke at the event, touting the Pacific Coast's potential for offshore wind development and how stable policies have helped the wind industry to flourish in recent years.
The San Diego Union-Tribune (tiered subscription model) (5/23),  Windpower Engineering (5/24) 
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Trump budget includes cuts for offshore renewables, BOEM
President Donald Trump's proposed $4.1 trillion budget for fiscal 2018 includes several major funding cuts for energy innovation programs, including slashing $2.7 million from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and delaying the agency's offshore wind auction in Hawaii. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said despite the cuts, the federal government still plans to pursue an all-of-the-above approach to energy that includes renewables.
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GE Energy Financial to invest at least $1.5B in renewables this year
GE Energy Financial Services will invest $3 billion in various projects this year, with at least $1.5 billion of that total going toward renewables, said the company. CEO David Nason said most of its renewable energy investments would involve repowering wind farms in North America.
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IRENA: Renewables employed 9.8 million people worldwide in 2016
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The global renewable energy industry employed a total of 9.8 million people in 2016, marking a 1.1% increase from 2015, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency. "The nature of jobs is changing a little bit, with more emphasis on the installation, operational and maintenance side," Director-General Adnan Amin said.
Bloomberg (5/24) 
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Dong Energy to shed oil, gas unit, focusing on renewables
Dong Energy has confirmed that it plans to sell its oil and gas segment to Ineos in a $1.3 billion deal as it restructures to completely divest from fossil fuels and focus on renewables, including offshore wind, the company said today. "The transaction completes the transformation of DONG Energy into a leading, pure play renewables company," CEO Henrik Poulsen said.
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Curbing emissions remains a top priority for Calif., says governor
California will continue to curb greenhouse gas emissions and strive to combat climate change, regardless of the Trump administration's agenda, Gov. Jerry Brown says. The state is pursuing several emissions-reducing initiatives, including developing a cap-and-trade program with China and a bill calling for 100% by 2045 renewable energy target for retail electricity.
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Industry asserts "brand new attitude" at WINDPOWER 2017
US wind industry leaders and the leader of the California Senate described the mounting economic benefits of increased wind power as thousands arrived in Anaheim for the American Wind Energy Association's annual WINDPOWER Conference and Exhibition. "With wind's success comes new and solvable challenges. Management of the grid needs to evolve to meet these challenges," said Tristan Grimbert, newly elected AWEA board chair, and president and CEO of EDF Renewable Energy. Read more.
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