Bipartisan group of former FERC commissioners rejects energy secretary’s bid to help coal plants

Source: By Steven Mufson, Washington Post • Posted: Friday, October 20th, 2017

Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s bid to change regulations to help coal and nuclear power plants has run into unusually blunt opposition from a group of former regulators from both parties. Eight former members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission  — including five former chairmen — have filed a letter with the commission opposing Perry’s proposal that would give coal and nuclear plants credit for resilience so that they would have a better chance of beating solar, wind and natural gas competitors.

4 energy and environment issues to watch during tonight’s Senate budget debate

Source: George Cahlink, E&E News reporter • Posted: Thursday, October 19th, 2017

The Ways and Means Committee is expected to fill in the details with legislation later this fall that will seek steep cuts in corporate rates that could come at the expense of ending renewable credits and other breaks. GOP leaders and the White House have said they want the tax bill signed into law by year’s end. Many Republicans would prefer to do away with renewable tax breaks, which are unpopular with their allies in the fossil fuel industry.

CEI-led petition urges Pruitt to ditch endangerment finding

Source: Arianna Skibell, E&E News reporter • Posted: Thursday, October 19th, 2017

A conservative think tank urged U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt again today to reconsider the 2009 endangerment finding, the science that underpins his agency’s climate rules. The Competitive Enterprise Institute’s letter to Pruitt is signed by more than 60 scientists and health professionals in support of a petition to reconsider the finding for greenhouse gases.

Package of Three NJ Bills Ratchets Up State’s Renewable-Energy Goals

Source: By Tom Johnson, NJ Spotlight • Posted: Thursday, October 19th, 2017

If adopted, the legislation would require 100 percent of the state’s electricity to come from renewable sources by 2050. Another bill would set a target of having 3,500 megawatts of offshore wind capacity by 2030. The third measure would require power suppliers to achieve aggressive goals for storing energy.

A new working group will deliver recommendations on how to jump-start offshore wind in Delaware by December 15.

Source: By Justin Gerdes, Green Tech Media • Posted: Thursday, October 19th, 2017

Delaware is ready to rejoin the U.S. offshore wind race. On August 28, Governor John Carney signed an executive order establishing an Offshore Wind Working Group. The working group is to submit a report to the governor by December 15 with “recommendations on short- and long-term strategies for developing wind power to serve Delaware, and plans to develop job opportunities in the offshore wind industry.”

Why Perry’s coal rule could be a climate bomb

Source: Benjamin Storrow, E&E News reporter • Posted: Thursday, October 19th, 2017

Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s proposal to pay coal plants to stockpile fuel has the potential to derail U.S. climate efforts, analysts say, halting emission reductions from the power sector and stalling attempts to decarbonize the American economy. U.S. carbon emissions have been on a downward trajectory for much of the last decade, in large part due to reductions from the power sector.

Pruitt: Staff dropping the ball on ‘real, tangible’ problems

Source: Jean Chemnick, E&E News reporter • Posted: Thursday, October 19th, 2017

U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt wants a public fight over climate science, and he thinks his agency’s staff isn’t acting urgently enough on “real” environmental problems like toxic waste cleanup.

Bloomberg-backed group sends staff to states fighting Trump

Source: Benjamin Hulac, E&E News reporter • Posted: Thursday, October 19th, 2017

The attorneys general of six states and the District of Columbia are getting some reinforcements in their battle against the Trump administration’s environmental policies.

Grassley swats aside Pruitt comments on tax credit

Source: Christa Marshall, E&E News reporter • Posted: Thursday, October 19th, 2017

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) yesterday dismissed U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s call to eliminate renewable tax credits after a meeting on biofuels. Pruitt called for killing the wind production tax credit last week during a speech at the Kentucky Farm Bureau, where he said renewables should “stand on their own and compete against coal, natural gas and other sources”

Solar Finds Unexpected Champion in Sean Hannity

Source: By Chris Martin, Bloomberg • Posted: Thursday, October 19th, 2017

Hannity voiced an advertisement asserting that tariffs on solar imports would threaten jobs in the U.S. The spot gained visibility after the Solar Energy Industries Association trade group tweeted it Tuesday.