President Donald Trump is expected today to kick off the process of rescinding the Obama administration's climate policies as part of his effort to pursue energy independence. The first targets will be the Clean Power Plan and methane leak rules at oil and natural gas drilling sites.
Iowa's wind industry is poised for growth and is expected to employ up to 17,000 people by 2020, with another $9 billion, according to Navigant Consulting. "Wind does not provide just well-paying jobs, either, many Iowans also know wind farms are the new 'drought-resistant cash crop' in Iowa, paying up to $20 million a year to Iowa farmers," said American Wind Energy Association CEO Tom Kiernan.
American utilities are poised to continue their shift away from coal-fired generation in favor of low-cost natural gas, wind and solar, regardless of the action of the Trump administration, observers say. Rolling back of the Clean Power Plan isn't expected to stop the transition.
Statkraft has entered into a power purchase agreement with a 6.15-megawatt wind farm in France, according to the company. "For us as a company, this is an important step in order to establish Statkraft in the French renewable scene," said Statkraft's Lillian Dale.
China Three Gorges-Fujian Energy joint venture Chinese Fuqing Haixia Generation has ordered three 6-megawatt Haliade 150 machines from General Electric for its offshore wind pilot project off the coast of China, according to the companies. The 73-MW project is expected to use turbines from a variety of companies.
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management said it has agreed to meet with state officials from California to discuss the state's outlook for offshore wind development. Both parties are in the process of gathering data on California's oceanfront in preparation of launching a system dedicated to offshore wind planning.
The Sierra Club's Ready for 100 renewable energy commitment initiative has grown to include 25 US cities, according to the organization. Observers say that cities from both sides of the political spectrum have joined the initiative, which shows that renewables like wind and solar can have bipartisan support.
Thirty-nine of Maine's unorganized territories have regained the right to reject proposed wind farms from being constructed in their communities, writes Darren Fishell in this piece. The areas lost a say in local wind development with the passage of the 2008 Maine Wind Energy Act, which granted zoning approval to projects in unorganized territories without requiring a review by a regional commission.
A bill under consideration in the Montana Senate could stall wind and other renewable energy development in the state, said the Sierra Club Montana Chapter. The bill would require utilities Puget Sound Energy and Talen Energy to pay millions of dollars to compensate for the closure of coal-burning plants, plus reimburse various local entities for lost revenue.
Nova Chemicals and Borealis AG have agreed to a joint venture with Total Petrochemicals that will include a 1.35 billion-pound-capacity polyethylene resin unit in Bayport, Texas, and a 2.2 billion-pound-capacity ethylene cracker in Port Arthur, Texas. Pending approvals, the JV will be established late this year, and the new PE plant would start producing Borealis' Borstar-brand PE resin in late 2020.