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‘Game-changer’: FERC order opens door for renewables

Source: By Arianna Skibell, E&E News reporter • Posted: Sunday, September 20th, 2020

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission yesterday voted 2-1 to remove market barriers for rooftop solar and other distributed energy resources in a long-awaited move that could boost technologies including electric vehicles to “smart” appliances. Republican Chairman Neil Chatterjee and lone Democrat Richard Glick championed the draft market rule, called Order No. 2222, lauding it as fueling the transition to a clean energy economy. Republican Commissioner James Danly, the only other sitting appointee, voted against the measure in a rare show of dissent with Chatterjee.

Big potential, but challenges to overcome: A look at offshore wind in the U.S.

Source: By Anmar Frangoul, CNBC • Posted: Sunday, September 20th, 2020

Stretching for thousands of miles, the east coast of the United States is home to major cities, stunning beaches and millions of people. Soon, though, it could also host several major offshore wind farms, a development that would have a significant effect on America’s energy mix. At the moment, the offshore wind sector in the U.S. is small. The country’s first offshore wind farm, the 30 megawatt, five turbine Block Island Wind Farm, only started commercial operations at the end of 2016.

Ford to build truck plant in Mich., add 300 jobs

Source: By Associated Press • Posted: Sunday, September 20th, 2020

Ford says it will add 300 jobs at a new factory that’s being built to assemble batteries and manufacture an electric version of the F-150 pickup truck. The new plant is being built in Dearborn, Mich., where Ford is starting to produce a new version of the F-150 that’s due in showrooms this November.

FERC removes barriers for distributed energy resources

Source: By Josh Siegel and Abby Smith, Washington Examiner • Posted: Thursday, September 17th, 2020

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission voted during a meeting Thursday to approve an order allowing distributed energy resources — such as rooftop solar, home energy storage, and electric vehicles and their supply equipment — to participate in wholesale electricity markets. Republican Chairman Neil Chatterjee and Democratic Commissioner Richard Glickvoted to approve the order, while Republican Commissioner James Danly dissented, though he gave no details during the meeting as to why.

Vermont governor vetoes global warming solutions act

Source: By Associated Press • Posted: Thursday, September 17th, 2020

Republican Gov. Phil Scott has vetoed a bill that would have required Vermont to meet certain greenhouse gas emissions targets in the coming years and allowed the state to be sued if it didn’t. Scott said in his veto letter Tuesday evening that he “shares the Legislature’s commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and enhancing the resilience of Vermont’s infrastructure and landscape in the face of a changing climate” but had problems with three areas of the bill, including one that “could lead to costly litigation and delay.”

Meet the man who told Trump climate change is real

Source: By Anne C. Mulkern, E&E News reporter • Posted: Thursday, September 17th, 2020

Wade Crowfoot, a California Cabinet secretary, didn’t plan on confronting President Trump on extreme heat and wildfires. Then Trump dismissed climate change. “It’ll just start getting cooler, you just watch,” Trump said during a Monday meeting with California officials who were briefing him on the state’s catastrophic wildfires. Crowfoot, in a response that went viral, responded: “I wish science agreed with you.”

Trump’s climate views are extreme, even for deniers

Source: By Chelsea Harvey, E&E News • Posted: Thursday, September 17th, 2020

Faced with one of the most dramatic symbols of global warming in the United States — wildfires engulfing the West — President Trump not only questioned the science of climate change, but suggested warming trends may actually reverse themselves. “It’ll start getting cooler,” he said Monday in a conversation with Wade Crowfoot, head of California’s Natural Resources Agency.

Committee questions FERC picks on climate, blackouts

Source: By Jeremy Dillon, E&E News reporter • Posted: Thursday, September 17th, 2020

For Clements, the hearing marked a nearly year-and-a-half-long odyssey. Democrats floated her for a spot on the commission in early 2019, but the White House did not nominate her until this summer. Clements heads the clean energy market program at the Energy Foundation. She previously worked with the Natural Resources Defense Council on FERC-related issues in its Sustainable FERC Project.

Researchers urge federal moonshot for clean energy

Source: By David Iaconangelo, E&E News reporter • Posted: Thursday, September 17th, 2020

Columbia University researchers are urging the winner of this year’s presidential election to launch a moonshot-style mission to develop new clean energy technologies, a critical step on the path to net-zero carbon emissions. The group, which includes two former Obama energy officials and staff from the nonprofit Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, this week unveiled a road map of policies that would allow “the next administration and Congress to hit the ground running” on clean-tech development.

Ohio GOP slows push to repeal law tied to bribery scandal

Source: By Jeffrey Tomich, E&E News reporter • Posted: Thursday, September 17th, 2020

Ohio lawmakers continued hearings yesterday on bills that would repeal an energy law tainted by federal allegations of a $60 million bribery scheme. The 15-member Select Committee on Energy Policy and Oversight heard testimony from the state’s top utility regulator and an official with grid manager PJM Interconnection but took no action.