For clean-energy jobs, sky’s the limit

Source: By Mike Hughlet, Minneapolis Star Tribune • Posted: Monday, October 16th, 2017

As wind and solar energy have grown, they’ve created a tide of jobs nationwide in fields from construction to manufacturing. Renewable energy jobs, most of which are in wind and solar, grew by 16 percent to around 6,200 in Minnesota from 2015 to 2016, according to a recent study by Clean Energy Economy Minnesota, an industry-led nonprofit.

Wind power to overtake coal power in Texas

Source: By John Siciliano, Washington Examiner • Posted: Monday, October 16th, 2017

Wind energy is expected to overtake coal in Texas after Friday’s news that two large coal-fired power plants are set to close in the next year. The utility firm Luminant announced that it would close the Sandow Power Plant and the Big Brown Power Plant in early 2018. The power plants comprise 2,300 megawatts of electricity, which means 2.1 million homes in the Lone Star State will no longer be powered by coal.

FERC member: We won’t ‘bastardize markets’

Source: Hannah Northey, E&E News reporter • Posted: Monday, October 16th, 2017

A key member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission yesterday tried to calm jitters around an Energy Department directive that would bolster coal and nuclear plants. Robert Powelson, a new FERC member from the gas-rich state of Pennsylvania, attempted to give attendees at an energy conference in Washington, D.C., “peace of mind your voices will be heard,” and said the commission isn’t in the practice of picking winners and losers in the energy markets.

Op-Ed: Rick Perry, put American electricity consumers first

Source: By Greg Wetstone, The Hill • Posted: Monday, October 16th, 2017

Over the next few months, we’ll find out if economic growth really is a priority for the Trump administration. If it is, you would think that the renewable energy industry, which has garnered nearly $100 billion in domestic investment over the past two years, would be looked upon favorably. This same industry was also the number one source of private sector infrastructure investment over the past five years.

Renewable storage breakthrough boosts efficiency, cuts costs

Source: Christa Marshall, E&E News reporter • Posted: Monday, October 16th, 2017

Scientists have developed a ceramic pump that they say could transform backup power for renewables by storing heat in extremely hot liquids. In a study this week in Nature, researchers reported the system could operate at temperatures of 1,400 degrees Celsius and transport liquefied metals like molten tin. That is hundreds of degrees hotter than temperatures allowed in existing storage systems, including those using molten salt to store heat with concentrated solar power.

Dem AG vows to sue over Clean Power Plan repeal

Source: By.Devin Henry, The Hill • Posted: Monday, October 16th, 2017

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (D) said Monday he will sue the Trump administration over its decision to repeal the Clean Power Plan climate regulation. “By seeking to repeal the Clean Power Plan — especially without any credible commitment to replacing it — the Trump administration’s campaign of climate change denial continues, once again putting industry special interests ahead of New Yorkers’ and all Americans’ safety, health, and the environment,” Schneiderman said in a statement.

Governors bullish on battery storage as boon to solar energy

Source: By Mikayla Whitmore, Las Vegas Sun • Posted: Monday, October 16th, 2017

The summit brought hundreds of environmentalists and members of the renewable energy industry to the Bellagio to hear how green technology can be integrated with transportation, buildings and electric grids. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, a Republican, and Hawaii Gov. David Ige, a Democrat, spoke with Sandoval about what their states are doing to reduce their impact on the environment. Both said batteries that store unused energy generated from solar panels can still be improved and could give more residents access to solar power. Tesla, which is building its battery factory in Northern Nevada, has been part of a project in Hawaii to couple solar panel systems with energy storage.

Perry says: ‘Yes sir,’ warming is real

Source: Benjamin Hulac, E&E News reporter • Posted: Monday, October 16th, 2017

Energy Secretary Rick Perry said climate change is a threat to the United States yesterday as he defended coal subsidies and denied that free-market capitalism exists in the energy world. At a subcommittee hearing of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Rep. Jerry McNerney (D-Calif.) asked Perry about the risks from rising temperatures. “Do you think that climate change is in any way a threat to our nation?” McNerney asked. Perry replied simply, “Yes sir, I do.”

Perry plan splits Coal Caucus

Source: Dylan Brown, E&E News reporter • Posted: Monday, October 16th, 2017

Not even the Congressional Coal Caucus is completely behind Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s proposal to subsidize their organizing power source. The former Texas governor spent three hours on Capitol Hill yesterday explaining his policy goals to a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee, including a rule he asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to craft that would pay coal and nuclear power plants to stockpile fuel

FERC chairman tries to calm jitters over Perry’s directive

Source: Sam Mintz, E&E News reporter • Posted: Monday, October 16th, 2017

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will get a wide berth for how it responds to Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s grid-pricing proposal, FERC Chairman Neil Chatterjee said today. Perry directed FERC to change rules in the electricity markets it oversees to compensate coal and nuclear plants. His Sept. 29 proposal has worried some advocates of competing energy technologies, especially because FERC has squeezed its work on the directive into a compressed timeline, offering a short comment period for stakeholders.