Andrew Cuomo Throws Political Weight Behind Offshore Wind and Energy Storage

Source: By Emma Foehringer Merchant, Greentech Media • Posted: Thursday, January 4th, 2018

On Wednesday, Governor Andrew Cuomo delivered his 2018 State of the State address, revealing new energy goals as New York heads into the fourth year of its Reforming the Energy Vision process. The plan offers cash and sets capacity goals for two emerging industries, energy storage and offshore wind. Governor Cuomo wants to solicit 800 megawatts of offshore wind solicitations over the next two years, and 1,500 megawatts of energy storage projects by 2025. 

New Minnesota senator Tina Smith eyes green focus

Source: Kellie Lunney, Geof Koss and Manuel Quiñones, E&E News reporters • Posted: Thursday, January 4th, 2018

Tina Smith, Minnesota’s new senator, is looking to continue her advocacy on environmental issues from Capitol Hill. “In Minnesota, I worked very hard to extend the renewable energy standard to 50 percent by 2030. It’s a clean jobs opportunity for my state. We have 57,000 clean energy jobs and I think it is a way to make our economy work better, and so that’s something I’m very interested in.”

Op-Ed: Solar’s Bright Future Is Further Away Than It Seems

Source: By Tyler Cowen, Bloomberg • Posted: Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018

There is now a doctrine of what I call “solar triumphalism”: the price of panels has been falling exponentially, the technology makes good practical sense, and only a few further nudges are needed for solar to become a major energy source. Unfortunately, this view seems to be wrong. Solar energy could be a boon to mankind and the environment, but it’s going to need a lot more support and entrepreneurial and policy dynamism.

Elon Musk promises to make a Tesla pickup truck, said he is ‘dying to build’ one

Source: By Arjun Kharpal, CNBC • Posted: Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018

CEO of Tesla and Space X, Elon Musk gave us all a sneak peek at his Falcon Heavy rocket that is expected to take flight in January 2018. Josh King has the story (@abridgetoland). Buzz60 Tesla will make a pickup truck in the future, Chief Executive Elon Musk said on Tuesday, adding that he was “dying to build it.”

Report: Tesla’s Australian battery project steps in after coal units fail

Source: By Robert Walton, Utility Dive • Posted: Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018

Tesla already attracted attention when it rolled out the Hornsdale storage project in record time, but now the finished storage system is drawing praise for its work in stabilizing the grid. When the coal facility’s Unit 3 went down, the plant’s Unit 1 ultimately replaced the power, but not before Tesla’s Hornsdale battery injected more than 7 MW onto the grid, according to the Gladstone Observer. While Hornsdale storage project is much smaller than the almost-1,700 MW coal plant, it can rapidly respond to operational issues in order to maintain grid reliability.

North Dakota Wind Energy: Mostly All Benefit

Source: By J. Reed Anderson, Devil's Lake Journal • Posted: Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018

A 2017 study by North Dakota State University and the Utility Shareholders of North Dakota estimated that in 2016 $174.8 million was generated in business activity by the wind industry. The study, “Wind Energy Industry’s Contribution to the North Dakota Economy in 2016,” estimated that $57 million was statewide personal income and $55 was generated in the retail sector.

Vestas finishes 2017 in style

Source: By Renewable Energy News • Posted: Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018

Vestas has pushed total 2017 orders to more than 10GW – and a new company record – with a flurry of year-end turbine supply deals. The Danish manufacturer finished the 12 months with 10,595MW of firm and unconditional deals, surpassing the 10,494MW secured in 2016.

Northeastern states sue EPA for ‘failing to act’ on smog

Source: Sean Reilly, E&E News reporter • Posted: Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018

New York and seven other Northeastern states are suing U.S. EPA regarding its refusal to undertake a sweeping expansion of regional ozone reduction efforts. The lawsuit, filed last week, challenges the agency’s turndown last fall of a 2013 petition to add another nine states — mostly in the South and Midwest — to the Ozone Transport Region.

More states hosting ‘people’s’ hearings on clean power plan repeal

Source: Arianna Skibell, E&E News reporter • Posted: Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018

Two more states have announced they intend to hold public hearings on U.S. EPA’s proposal to repeal the Clean Power Plan, former President Obama’s signature climate regulation. Maryland and Delaware will join New York in hosting a “People’s Hearing” on the new administration’s plans. While EPA chief Scott Pruitt has scheduled hearings on the repeal in several cities, he failed to set any on the East Coast.

Power Prices Go Negative in Germany, a Positive for Energy Users

Source: By STANLEY REED, New York Times • Posted: Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018

Germany has spent $200 billion over the past two decades to promote cleaner sources of electricity. That enormous investment is now having an unexpected impact — consumers are now actually paid to use power on occasion, as was the case over the weekend. Power prices plunged below zero for much of Sunday and the early hours of Christmas Day on the EPEX Spot, a large European power trading exchange, the result of low demand, unseasonably warm weather and strong breezes that provided an abundance of wind power on the grid.