President Donald Trump’s executive order that promotes ‘Energy Independence’ and targets Obama’s Clean Power Plan went down a treat with fossil fuel interests, who praised Trump for making good on his promise to preserve coal jobs and avoid “regulatory burdens”. However, environmentalists took a different interpretation; viewing the order as a KO of the previous administration’s entire climate action legacy. Clean energy advocates stood somewhere in the middle, concluding that little will change in the long run.
President Trump’s long anticipated executive order advising the Environmental Protection Agency to withdraw parts of the Clean Power Plan (CPP) has left clean energy advocates unabashed, despite critics viewing the order as a total wipe out of Obama’s climate action legacy.
The Governors’ Wind and Solar Energy Coalition (GWSEC), a 20-member bipartisan group, has written a letter to president Trump, urging him to support renewable energy as it is critical to economic growth.
This week's segment mainly focuses on career moves in the US - featuring some of the nation's biggest energy players, including SunPower, NEXTracker and the SEIA. There is also news from key energy agencies including the IEA, FERC and the New York PSC.
Former Texas governor Rick Perry, secretary of energy nominee to head the very department he suggested should be scrapped, said in his Senate confirmation hearing yesterday that he regretted making that recommendation.
As Donald Trump officially becomes the 45th president of the United States today, the solar industry remains quietly confident that any momentum gained so far will continue, even under the fossil-fuel promoting, climate change-denying Republican.
Newly-appointed CEO and president of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) Abigail “Abby” Ross Hopper will helm the US’ main solar political lobbying group as it prepares for an unprecedented time of attack under the Trump administration. She caught up with reporters last week, to discuss what her top priorities for the association were.