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Election roundup: The top 5 energy stories

Republican Donald Trump won the U.S. presidency Nov. 8, bringing with him a series of energy policy proposals including the rollback of federal legislation and promises to resurrect a hurting coal and gas industry.  Across the states, the day also brought to the ballots a series of cl Read More...

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Weekend reads, election edition: Trump's DOE, EPA, projected policy overhauls & more

Every Saturday, we'll bring you five most interesting — or quirky; it is the weekend after all — energy stories from the prior week that you may have missed from around the web.As this is a special week in American history, we're following suit with a special election edition of this fea Read More...

300+ businesses urge Trump support of Paris deal

More than 365 U.S. businesses and investors on Nov. 16 joined together in a letter addressed to president-elect Donald Trump and other government leaders reaffirming their support for U.S. participating in the Paris Climate Agreement.The business group, at a press conference held in Marrakech, Read More...

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Outgoing EPA head: Clean energy future is inevitable

Speaking at a National Press Club event Nov. 21, outgoing U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy urged the U.S. to plow ahead with efforts to combat climate change, regardless of the direction the new presidential administration takes.In what could have been McCarthy's last major speech Read More...

Report: US already beating Clean Power Plan targets

Despite significant uncertainty surrounding the future of the U.S. EPA's Clean Power Plan, a new analysis of government data shows the country is already meeting a number of its outlined targets.  According to the analysis of data provided by The Sierra Club to Politico, changes Read More...

Corporates urge Trump support of low carbon policies

More than 530 companies and 100 investors on Jan. 10 called on the incoming Trump administration and the new Congress to support policies to accelerate a low-carbon future."We want the U.S. economy to be energy efficient and powered by low-carbon energy," the businesses wrote in a joint statement ad Read More...

NC lawmakers ask Trump to halt Amazon wind farm

Republican lawmakers in North Carolina have asked officials in the Trump administration to oppose, as is, an almost completed $400 million wind project that Amazon Web Services expects to buy clean energy from. The 300-MW wind project, Amazon Wind Farm U.S. East, is reportedly ready to beg Read More...

Outgoing FERC chairman resigns from commission

Norman Bay, who up until Jan. 26 had been serving as Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, has resigned. In a letter to President Donald Trump, Bay indicated he would resign from the commission effective Feb. 3. The decision immediately followed the president's nomination o Read More...

Governors ask Trump to support solar, offshore wind

A bipartisan coalition of state governors have written to President Donald Trump asking him to support offshore wind and solar energy projects.Led by Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo, a Democrat, and Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, a Republican, the Governors' Wind & Solar Energy Coalition said that i Read More...

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Trump takes aim at EPA budget, regulations

President Donald Trump has proposed a 24% cut to the U.S. EPA's budget and on Feb. 28 signed an executive order instructing the agency to rewrite an Obama-era water jurisdiction rule, multiple news outlets have reported. Citing sources familiar with Trump's budget plan, Politico reported Feb. 2 Read More...

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Reports: Trump aims to shutter Energy Star program

Among other anticipated changes and cuts to the U.S. EPA, E&E News reported March 6 that the Trump administration is planning to "close out" the Energy Star program. According to the publication, a preliminary budget proposal from the White House calls for the elimination of the energy effi Read More...

An open letter to President Trump on Energy Star

President Trump,The readers of Smart Energy Decisions operate the commercial buildings and industrial plants responsible for nearly half of the nation's energy use. And while a great deal of progress and sophistication has been achieved over the years, much of this energy is still wasted through ine Read More...

Trump budget cuts Energy Star, 3,200 jobs from EPA

Following a series of leaked excerpts from President Donald Trump's 2018 federal budget proposal, the White House on March 16 released the document, which made official the president's call for drastic cuts to the U.S. EPA. At EPA, the proposal calls for a $5.7 billion total budget, repres Read More...

Trump signs executive order to roll back climate protections, vows to end 'war on coal'

Following weeks of speculation regarding President Donald Trump's plans for an executive order aimed at unwinding Obama's climate regulations, the president on March 28 made it official in signing that order, joined by a group of coal miners, at the U.S. EPA. An overview of the order provi Read More...

States file to oppose Trump's halt of Clean Power Plan

Led by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, a coalition of 24 U.S. states and localities has formally filed opposition to the Trump administration's request to delay court proceedings regarding the U.S. EPA's Clean Power Plan in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Read More...

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