EPA nominee doesn’t think agency should regulate GHGs

Source: Niina Heikkinen, E&E News reporter • Posted: Monday, September 11th, 2017

President Trump’s pick to lead U.S. EPA’s air office doesn’t believe the agency should be regulating carbon emissions under the Clean Air Act. Bill Wehrum, the nominee to be assistant administrator of the Office of Air and Radiation, thinks Congress hasn’t given EPA the authority to control carbon dioxide emissions. His views put him in line with EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and place him at odds with those who would like to see EPA pursue aggressive climate change rules.

Denmark’s DONG Wins UK Contract to Build World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm

Source: By Stine Jacobsen, Reuters • Posted: Monday, September 11th, 2017

Danish offshore wind firm DONG Energy was awarded a contract to build 1.4 gigawatt (GW) capacity at its Hornsea 2 wind power project during a British auction for renewables, creating the world’s largest offshore wind farm. DONG said the guaranteed price for the power it will supply was set at a 57.50 pounds per megawatt hour (MWh), 50 percent lower than the allocations at auction two years ago.

Irma to Put $3 Billion Worth of Power Grid Upgrades to the Test

Source: By Jim Polson, Bloomberg • Posted: Monday, September 11th, 2017

As Hurricane Irma bears down on Florida, the state’s utility customers will find out exactly what $3 billion worth of power-grid upgrades got them. NextEra Energy Inc.’s Florida Power & Light Co. used that money in recent years to replace wooden poles with concrete ones, install flood monitors to protect low-lying substations, and deploy smart meters to help track power outages.

A wind farm of epic proportions is taking shape in Africa

Source: By Anmar Frangoul, CNBC • Posted: Friday, September 8th, 2017

“It is the largest wind farm in Africa (and) it has 365 turbines,” Carlo Van Wageningen, director and board member at Lake Turkana Wind Power, told CNBC’s Sustainable Energy on Thursday. “We are hoping to soon see the transmission line completed so that Kenya will be able to benefit from this cheap source of power,” he added.

Op-Ed: DOE Report Misses Disruptor Coming to Energy Grid: Predictive Analytics

Source: By Sonny Garg, Morning Consult • Posted: Friday, September 8th, 2017

In late August, the Department of Energy released its long-awaited report on the reliability of the U.S. energy grid. Not surprisingly, it found natural gas the main culprit for the retirement of coal and nuclear power plants. But what’s missing from the report is what will disrupt the entire energy industry next: predictive analytics.

5 Countries With the Highest Installed Solar Capacity (No. 2 May Surprise You)

Source: By Travis Hoium, Motley Fool • Posted: Friday, September 8th, 2017

Solar energy is the fastest-growing new source of energy in the world, and it’s still just scratching the surface of its potential. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), at least 302 GW of solar capacity were in operation at the end of 2016, enough to power 49.5 million U.S. homes. And solar energy still provides less than 2% of the world’s electricity needs, meaning there are years, or even decades, of growth ahead.

Climate rule rollback expected this fall

Source: Ellen M. Gilmer, E&E News reporter • Posted: Friday, September 8th, 2017

The Trump administration’s proposal to scrap or replace the embattled Clean Power Plan is expected to roll out this fall, U.S. EPA said today. In a status report to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, government lawyers said they expect EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to sign a proposed rule reconsidering the Obama-era climate measure this fall.

Coalition aims to change ‘policy landscape,’ expand access

Source: Christa Marshall, E&E News reporter • Posted: Friday, September 8th, 2017

Microsoft Corp., Walmart and some of the nation’s other largest companies are joining forces to expand access to renewable energy by changing the “policy landscape.” The Advanced Energy Buyers Group will work to help companies and public entities like schools purchase renewable energy and “advanced energy” resources such as fuel cells or demand response, according to a release. The policy focus distinguishes the group from other business coalitions that are centered more on setting initial corporate sustainability targets.

Jerry Brown is in Russia to talk about the climate

Source: Debra Kahn, E&E News reporter • Posted: Friday, September 8th, 2017

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) sought cooperation on climate change yesterday at an economic forum in Russia. In remarks at the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, Brown cautioned against “getting absorbed in the controversies of the moment, the difficulties of today or even next week,” and instead urged leaders to work together on climate change and on upholding the U.N. Paris Agreement.

Republicans cross aisle to fund climate treaty

Source: Arianna Skibell, E&E News reporter • Posted: Friday, September 8th, 2017

Republican Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Lamar Alexander of Tennessee today crossed the aisle to vote for an amendment to fund two international climate bodies in a fiscal 2018 spending bill. It happened during a Senate Appropriations Committee markup this afternoon on legislation to fund the State Department and foreign programs.