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July 11, 2016

Getaway week could prove pivotal for energy, spending bills

Manuel Quiñones, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-07-11 06:37:09

Congressional leaders are set to work this week to revive a flailing appropriations process and set the stage for the first major energy reform law in a decade. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) will be working to convince colleagues to join the House in a conference committee to merge competing versions of an energy bill. [ read more … ]

Natural Resources panels focus on renewable energy development

Corbin Hiar, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-07-11 06:36:43

In a pair of subcommittee hearings this week, House Natural Resources Committee members will consider legislation to promote renewable energy development on public lands and scrutinize existing projects that have been built there. The Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee is set to host the first hearing on Wednesday afternoon. With representatives from the conservation community, renewables industry and country governments, they will evaluate the “Public Land Renewable Energy Development Act,” or H.R. 2663. [ read more … ]

Dems strike compromise on energy provisions in platform

Jennifer Yachnin, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-07-11 06:36:21

Democrats on Saturday struck a compromise over energy policy in the party’s 2016 platform that calls for incentives that favor renewable energy development over natural gas power plants but does not include an outright ban on hydraulic fracturing promoted by supporters of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. A “unity” amendment backed by supporters of both presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Sanders — who is expected to abandon his bid for the nomination and endorse Clinton as early as tomorrow — also failed to include a formal carbon tax, although it states that “greenhouse gases should be priced to reflect their negative externalities, and to accelerate the transition to a clean energy economy.” [ read more … ]

A grand bargain? Gov. Jerry Brown in talks with oil companies about climate change programs

By Chris Megerian and Melanie Mason, Los Angeles Times  •    •  Posted 2016-07-11 04:38:56

Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration has been talking directly with oil companies in hopes of reaching a consensus on extending California’s landmark climate programs, opening a back channel with an industry the governor has harshly criticized as a barrier to addressing global warming. The dialogue was described by sources who requested anonymity to talk about private discussions and later confirmed by the Western States Petroleum Assn., which represents oil companies in Sacramento. [ read more … ]

Here’s what U.S. can learn from Germany’s sunny grid

John Fialka, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-07-11 04:40:45

A report by a Berlin research institute said that on Sunday, May 15, Germany had generated just short of 100 percent of its electricity from renewable energy. It appeared to be an environmentalist’s dream come true. A surge of wind and solar power helped handle nearly all of the day’s power demands, and the grid hadn’t flickered. “Germany achieves milestone,” said one headline. But like many aspects of adapting electricity grids to cleaner energy sources, the milestones are still to come. First, the institute’s report was wrong. Later calculations showed the portion of electricity supply from renewable energy was around 82 percent, not a record. [ read more … ]

Google, Amazon and Apple Are Forging the Future of Corporate Energy Management

By Andrew Mulherkar, GreenTechMedia  •    •  Posted 2016-07-11 04:39:21

Apple recently made headlines when it established a subsidiary called Apple Energy and filed for authorization to sell capacity, energy and ancillary services in wholesale energy markets nationwide. It will be some time before we see Apple participate in many of these markets, since Apple’s application currently covers only its renewable energy projects in California and Nevada, as well as one under construction in Arizona. But the fact that a consumer technology company has formed an energy subsidiary reflects the extent to which large corporations are taking an active approach to energy management. [ read more … ]

Colorado PUC Reverses Decision, Approves Community Solar Gardens

By Glenn Meyers, CkeanTechnica  •    •  Posted 2016-07-11 04:39:48

For the Colorado Public Utilities Commission, June was a month of changes for the future of renewable electricity and solar gardens in this state. Here is why: At June’s end, PV-Tech reported the Colorado PUC reversed an earlier decision it had rendered by approving the deployment of community solar gardens. The regulatory agency granted reconsideration of a proposal by the state’s largest utility, Xcel Energy, and three solar companies, for community solar gardens which had earlier been rejected. Community solar gardens provide scope for virtual net-metering to those wanting to go solar but who are unable to have panels on their own property, and were part of Xcel’s wider Renewable Energy Standard (RES) compliance plan. [ read more … ]

Wisconsin Regulators relax wind farm noise standards

By The Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2016-07-11 04:40:13

Wisconsin regulators have relaxed noise restrictions on a major wind farm in St. Croix County. The Public Service Commission approved the Highland wind farm in 2013, but a St. Croix County judge ruled the commission improperly imposed noise restrictions on the farm’s turbines. The restrictions required the turbines to remain within maximum decibel levels 95 percent of the time, or just under 23 hours per day.
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Canada can boost wind power without hiking energy bills — study

Daniel Cusick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-07-11 04:41:05

More than a third of Canada’s electricity demand could be met with wind turbines without compromising the country’s grid reliability or driving up power bills, new findings from a much-anticipated wind power integration study show. The study, led by GE Energy Consulting, is the first to make a detailed systemwide examination of the opportunities, costs and benefits of adding significant amounts of wind energy capacity to Canada’s grid, officials said. [ read more … ]

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