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July 8, 2016

Murkowski, Cantwell plot next steps for reform bill negotiations

Hannah Hess, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-07-08 06:44:54

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) skipped a meeting with her party’s presumptive presidential nominee yesterday morning to work on the framework for an energy reform conference committee. Murkowski met Wednesday with ranking member Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) to hammer out more plans. The two senators are working out “a process for how we can kind of get the conference going and started and kind of keep it moving along,” Murkowski said. [ read more … ]

Trump ‘light on details’ during Hill visit

Hannah Hess, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-07-08 06:45:19

“He didn’t really discuss substantive … policy positions,” former Energy and Commerce Chairman Joe Barton (R-Texas) told Greenwire. Trump made “more of a generic statement than anything else.” Despite the lack of specifics in the meeting and on the campaign trail, Barton said he was comfortable with Trump because of the lawmaker’s close relationship with Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), who has advised the campaign on energy issues.
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Will the world’s largest storage battery be America’s energy cure?

John Fialka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-07-08 06:45:41

For many years, the tradition has been that on midsummer afternoons, engineers will turn on what they call a “peaker,” a natural gas-burning power plant In Long Beach. It is needed to help the area’s other power plants meet the day’s peak electricity consumption. Thus, as air conditioners max out and people arriving home from work turn on their televisions and other appliances, the juice will be there. Five years from now, if current plans work out, the “peaker” will be gone, replaced by the world’s largest storage battery, capable of holding and delivering over 100 megawatts of power an hour for four hours. The customary afternoon peak will still be there, but the battery will be able to handle it without the need for more fossil fuels. It will have spent the morning charging up with cheap solar power that might have otherwise been wasted. [ read more … ]

Tough to Keep the World From Warming When Carbon Is This Cheap

By Mathew Carr and Joe Ryan, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2016-07-08 06:46:09

Carbon markets, the free-enterprise solution to saving the world from global warming, are now in danger themselves. The idea was simple enough: Set a cap on carbon emissions, issue enough permits to allow power plants, refineries and the like to stay within those limits and then shrink the cap over time to achieve reductions. The companies whose emissions fall fastest can sell their permits for a profit to slower responders — call it a reward for good behavior. [ read more … ]

Dong in Deal for What May Be World’s Cheapest Offshore Wind

By Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2016-07-08 06:46:35

The Danish utility Dong Energy A/S won a contract to develop two wind farms off the coast of the Netherlands that the Dutch government deemed the cheapest in the world. Dong, the world largest offshore wind developer, offered to develop the projects for 7.27 euro cents a kilowatt-hour (8 U.S. cents), excluding connection fees for TenneT of 1.4 cents a kilowatt-hour, the Dutch economic affairs ministry said in a statement on its website Tuesday. The government said the move will allow it to spend 2.7 billion euros less than it had anticipated over the 15 years it will subsidize the project. [ read more … ]

Hanergy Launches Solar Powered Cars In China

Tycho De Feijterm Forbes  •    •  Posted 2016-07-08 06:46:57

China’s Hanergy Holding Group (Hanergy) has unveiled four solar-powered electric concept cars, set for production within three years. Hanergy is a large clean-energy company and one of the largest thin-film solar cell manufacturers in the world. Hanergy is also the owner of U.S. based Alta Devices, which it bought in 2014. Much of the technology used in the solar panels that cover the Hanergy cars is based on Alta Devices AnyLight, which was devised as a range-extending technology for electric vehicles. [ read more … ]

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