Sierra Club Sues U.S. Energy Department Over Power Grid Study

Source: By Timothy Gardner, Reuters • Posted: Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

Environmental group the Sierra Club sued the U.S. Energy Department on Monday in hopes of forcing it to reveal the groups it has consulted in conducting an eagerly awaited study on the electricity grid. It was the latest push-back on the department’s study from backers of renewable energy such as wind and solar power who fear it could be used by the Trump administration to form policies that could slow growth in the industry.

FERC’s Chatterjee vows to support coal, nuclear

Source: Sam Mintz, E&E News repo • Posted: Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

In his first substantive public remarks since being named chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission last week, Neil Chatterjee talked up the importance of coal and “baseload power.” In the comments, part of an official FERC podcast called “Open Access,” Chatterjee said his first priority will be to get started on an accumulated backlog of orders.

Tri Global makes Nebraska move

Source: By Renewable Energy News • Posted: Monday, August 14th, 2017

Dallas outfit Tri Global Energy is to develop a 100MW wind farm in Nebraska, its first such project outside of Texas. Development of the Sugar Loaf wind farm will be initiated this year, a spokeswoman told reNEWS.

Loebsack tours Iowa wind energy farm

Source: By By ANGIE HOLLAND, OSKALOOSA Herald • Posted: Monday, August 14th, 2017

U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack (D-Iowa City) toured a wind farm near New Sharon and Iowa Wood Preservers in Oskaloosa on Thursday, Aug. 10, as part of his continuing “Iowa First” tour. “They’re going to have 85 or so of these turbines up by the end of the year and it’s really going to add a lot of energy; good, clean renewable energy for the state of Iowa,” he said. “We’re going to get to the point where pretty soon we’re going to be at maybe 40 percent of our electricity in Iowa generated by wind alone and that’s absolutely fantastic.”

AWEA maps US wind

Source: By AWEA • Posted: Monday, August 14th, 2017

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) has released an online map showing every utility-scale wind farm in the US. The map also includes markers for the more than 500 wind-related manufacturing facilities in the country.

After Failure of SC Nuke Plant, Backers Seek Federal Aid

Source: By Matthew Daly, Associated Press • Posted: Monday, August 14th, 2017

Proponents of nuclear power are pushing to revive a failed project to build two reactors in South Carolina, arguing that the demise of the $14 billion venture could signal doom for an industry that supplies one-fifth of the nation’s electricity. Even though the nation’s 99 commercial nuclear reactors supply about 20 percent of U.S. electricity, no new nuclear plant has been built from scratch in more than 30 years. Supporters were alarmed when two South Carolina utilities halted construction on a pair of reactors that once were projected to usher in a new generation of nuclear power to provide reliable, cost-effective, carbon-free electricity for decades.

Chile’s Energy Transformation Is Powered by Wind, Sun and Volcanoes

Source: By ERNESTO LONDOÑO, New York Times • Posted: Monday, August 14th, 2017

With the ability to power roughly 165,000 homes, the new plant is yet another step in Chile’s clean energy transformation. This nation’s rapidly expanding clean energy grid, which includes vast solar fields and wind farms, is one of the most ambitious in a region that is decisively moving beyond fossil fuels. Latin America already has the world’s cleanest electricity, having long relied on dams to generate a large share of its energy needs, according to the World Bank.

Trump, Pruitt dismiss warming reports

Source: Dianna Skibell, E&E News reporter • Posted: Monday, August 14th, 2017

Two major reports surfaced last week warning of skyrocketing global temperatures, but President Trump and U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt are insisting the threat is not dire. Speaking at his New Jersey golf course yesterday, Trump said his top priority is to “de-nuke” the world, not address climate change.

Senators fight proposed tariffs on solar panels

Source: By Timothy Cama, The Hill • Posted: Monday, August 14th, 2017

A bipartisan group of senators is expressing “deep concern” over a federal agency considering potential trade penalties for imported solar panel technology. The Friday letter spearheaded by Sens. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Thom Tillis(R-N.C.), who both hail from states with growing solar power capacity, tells the International Trade Commission (ITC) that the penalties could severely hurt the solar industry

Republicans, Democrats join forces to protect rooftop solar installers

Source: By John Siciliano, Washington Examiner • Posted: Monday, August 14th, 2017

Republican and Democratic lawmakers on Friday defended U.S. installers of rooftop solar panels and made an effort to beat back a pending decision that could make imported solar panels more expensive. Bipartisan letters from 16 senators and 53 congressman were sent to International Trade Commission Chairman Rhonda Schmidtlein, and urged the agency to reject a petition by Chinese and German-owned companies that manufactured solar panels and cells in the U.S., but have since gone bankrupt.