Renewable and Sustainable Energy Industries React To EPA Chief Scott Pruitt Resignation

Friday, 06 July 2018

The U.S. renewable and sustainable industries yesterday collectively sighed with relief yesterday at the news that Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) head, Scott Pruitt, was resigning. Pruitt, a climate-change skeptic, was appointed by President Trump and while at the helm of the EPA, succeeded in removing many of the environmental regulations that were put in place under President Obama. Ken Kimmell, president of the Union of Concerned Scientists had this to say about the resignation. ““It was clear from the beginning that Scott Pruitt had no interest in protecting public health and safety, and it’s unfortunate that he wasn’t dismissed until he became a clear political liability.   “While he clearly violated ethical standards and bilked taxpayers, he inflicted far worse injury on American children and families by abandoning science and the EPA’s public health and environmental mission. It’s time for the EPA to clean house." Kimmell said that the next EPA administrator should be “someone who will uphold independent science and commit wholeheartedly to the agency’s science-based mission of protecting public health and the environment.” Dan Lashof, Director of the World Resources Institute, United States added that Pruitt’s time at the EPA “has been the worst in the history of the agency.” He said that under Pruitt’s direction, the EPA had undermined "a wide range of vital protections for people and the environment—and the very mission of the EPA itself” and that “Pruitt led a crusade to undercut the critical role of science and transparency in policymaking.” Andrew Wheeler was named acting Chief of the EPA while Trump considers his next appointee. Learn more about how he views the energy industry in the article below.            

Bill to Take California to 100 Percent Clean Electricity Gains Traction

Thursday, 05 July 2018

The Assembly Utilities and Energy Committee approved Senate Bill 100, historic legislation to transition California to 100 percent clean electricity by 2045, sending it to the full Assembly for a vote. The vote could have been influenced by the more than 38,000 messages and signatures in support of the legislation from a range of stakeholders, including health and environmental advocates, clean energy industries, business communities, and environmental justice organizations.

China’s Wind Power Industry Aims To Keep Wind And Solar Curtailment Rate Under 9 Percent

Thursday, 05 July 2018

According to data released by the National Energy Administration of China, the country added wind power grid-connected capacity of 3.94 GW during the first quarter of this year, a year-over-year increase of 12 percent. The country’s average wind curtailment rate had decreased to 8.5 percent as of the end of the quarter, down 8 percentage points from a year earlier.

Pumped Hydropower Plus Wind, Solar Is Path To 100 Percent Renewable Energy

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

If you want to build pumped storage hydropower plants, don’t talk about pumped storage hydropower. That was the message delivered by Adam Rousselle, president of Renewable Energy Aggregators (REA) during the first Grid-Scale Storage Summit, which took place on June 25-26 in Charlotte, NC.

Timely US Offshore Wind Construction Support Vessel Proposed

Monday, 18 June 2018

Two companies based in The Netherlands have proposed developing a near-term marine vessel solution for delivering wind turbine parts for the construction of new U.S. offshore wind projects planned over the next few years.

AT&T ‘Goes Big’ on Wind Power in Texas

Monday, 18 June 2018

AT&T last week said it is adding to its wind power program with the purchase of 300 MW from two new wind farms in Wilbarger and Hardeman counties in Texas.

PennWell Partners with Folds of Honor Foundation

Thursday, 14 June 2018

In commemoration of Flag Day, PennWell Corp. is partnering with the Folds of Honor Foundation to raise money for military families. The effort is in conjunction with PennWell’s Wall of Honor, a traveling wall highlighting the names of our military service personnel (past and present) and displayed at all PennWell power generation events in North America. The wall displays the branch, the company and the name of each person honored.