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New Energy Economy - Issue #3


New Energy Economy

January 17 · Issue #3 · View online

Transformations in clean energy

The Trump Edition
If you haven’t yet, read Alex Steffen’s piece that led last week’s newsletter, “Trump, Putin and the Pipelines to Nowhere.” It weaves together clean energy, the carbon bubble, and Russia’s singular reliance on oil, and provides one plausible explanation why Putin would take the risks he did to aid Trump.
Some of which are unverified, but there isn’t much mystery about what Trump’s energy policy will look. His cabinet picks share a deep affinity for oil and coal and a strong antipathy toward environmental regulation.
Which will probably affect renewable deployment in the US. To the degree Trump can roll back the Clean Power Plan, not having to comply with CO2 emissions standards could give coal a boost. But it might not: automation and fracking are killing coal, not regulation, and if the price of gas stays anywhere near its current historic lows, deregulation won’t change coal’s fate or even slow it down much. The invisible hand is doing the heavy lifting here. Fracking, renewables, and economics meant the CPP’s targets for 2025 were met in 2015–before the CPP even went into effect.
Infrastructure may be a different story, as Trump says he supports the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines. Issues around Keystone are complicated, but despite conflicts of interest (expect to hear that phrase a lot more), Trump’s team, and North Dakota’s new governor, continues to say they’ll push for Dakota Access.
As Obama said of clean energy, the train has left the station, but how fast it goes is a lot less clear than we thought it was two months ago.

Meet the Obscure Group Influencing Trump's Energy Policy
Trump Cabinet Positions Fill Up With Oil, Gas Advocates
Trump has vowed to kill the Clean Power Plan. Here’s how he might — and might not — succeed
Gas And Renewables Toppled Coal A Decade Early
Davos Elite Focus on Climate Change, Ignoring Trump’s Skepticism
Obama’s government just issued five new energy rules — but Trump’s will have to finish them
Exxon’s $180 Million Deal With Trump’s Pick for State
Federal leasing for offshore wind grows as first U.S. offshore wind farm comes online
Trump Isn't Bringing Coal Back
Solar Could Beat Coal to Become the Cheapest Power on Earth
Five Links
🔫 Wyoming is trying to outlaw solar and wind power.
👭 States friendliest to rooftop solar. Wyoming is 45th.
💖 Likely Energy Secretary Rick Perry loves wind power.
🌬️ In 2016, wind generated more electricity than coal in the UK.
😠 But that doesn’t impress Ikea.
Jan 23: Energy and Environment Policy Under Trump. Columbia University Events. New York, NY/Livestream
Jan 12-21: Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW), Abu Dhabi, UAE
Jan 23-25 !ntelect 2017, New Delhi, India
Feb 14-17: GreenBiz17, “The Premier Annual Event for Sustainability Leaders”. Phoenix, AS
February 14-14: Solar Power Northeast, Boston, MA
The Kicker
Where Marijuana Plants Flourish Under Energy-Saving LED Lights
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