- Maryland regulators approved plans for the nation’s first large-scale offshore wind projects. The Maryland Public Service Commission awarded renewable energy credits for two projects off Maryland’s Eastern Shore near Ocean City. The PSC says the decision allows US Wind and Skipjack Offshore Energy to build 368 MW of capacity. [PennEnergy]
- President Donald Trump’s efforts to dilute US climate policies put Tillerson in an awkward position at a meeting of Arctic nations in Fairbanks. Tillerson signed an agreement recognizing the Paris climate accord, but he said Trump was not rushing to decide whether to leave or weaken US commitments to the pact. [Financial Express]
- Each year the intelligence community puts together a “Worldwide Threat Assessment” report. This year’s report makes for particularly disquieting reading. While it focuses on the increasing danger that North Korea’s nuclear weapons program poses as well as cyberterrorism threats, one environmental concern stands out: climate change. [Yahoo News]
- A committee of Maine legislators today voted unanimously against a bill that would have blocked the 12-MW Aqua Ventus floating offshore wind demo. The decision by the Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee effectively kills the bill. Republican senator Dana Dow proposed the law to protect local scenic beauty and tourism. [reNews]
- The Indonesian government appears to be backtracking on its aggressive 35,000-MW, coal-centric energy development plan. The ambitious 35,000 MW of new electricity generation projects were to be completed by 2019, according to a plan announced by President Joko Widodo in 2014. However, only 15,000 MW will be required by then. [Mongabay.com]
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