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May 8, 2017

Berkshire Hathaway’s Annual Meeting Q&A: ‘We’ve got a big appetite for wind or solar,’ Buffett says

By Cole Eppley, Omaha World Herald  •    •  Posted 2017-05-08 04:21:44

Because renewable generation harnesses the wind or sunshine to create electricity, utilities don’t have to pay for fuel like they do at natural gas- or coal-fired power plants. That has helped keep electricity rates especially low for MidAmerican ratepayers in Iowa, where rates will remain unchanged at least until 2029. Simply put, Buffett said: “We’ve got a big appetite for wind or solar (projects). … If someone walks in with a solar project tomorrow and it takes $1 billion or $3 billion, we’re ready to do it.” [ read more … ]

Australian Push May Open More Doors for Batteries on Power Grids

By By Sonali Paul, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2017-05-08 04:23:41

Battery makers worldwide are watching to see whether Australia’s most wind power-dependent state can keep the lights on by installing grid-scale batteries by December, which could help drive the growth of renewable energy across Australia and Asia. A decade-long political stalemate in Australia over energy and climate policy has effectively led to power and gas shortages and soaring energy prices threatening industry and households. If batteries help solve Australia’s problems by storing surplus electricity generated by wind and solar power, countries like Indonesia, the Philippines and Chile, could follow suit. [ read more … ]

The National Power Grid Is Being Overseen by a Democrat — For Now – Bloomberg

By Catherine Traywick, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2017-05-08 04:24:12

It’s a tale as old as the C-suite: A woman rises to the upper echelons of an organization, only to find herself boxed out of the top spot. By the time it happened to Cheryl LaFleur, she’d spent two decades at National Grid USA, a utility that delivers power to 3.4 million customers in the Northeast. After almost a year as acting chief executive officer, she thought the board would give her the job permanently. Instead, LaFleur had to relinquish the corner office to an outside hire. She resigned. “That was not an experience I ever thought I would repeat,” said LaFleur.
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Tariffs would hurt demand ‘significantly’ — Goldman Sachs

Christa Marshall, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-05-08 04:24:50

A solar company’s request to President Trump to impose new trade barriers could cause U.S. solar demand to drop “significantly,” according to a new research note from Goldman Sachs. Earlier this month, bankrupt solar company Suniva asked the Trump administration to put new tariffs on solar cells made outside of the United States. The U.S. solar manufacturing industry is being hit with a flood of inexpensive panels from Asia, in particular. [ read more … ]

Utility-scale solar has grown rapidly over the past five years

By Manussawee Sukunta, EIA  •    •  Posted 2017-05-08 04:22:29

Utility-scale solar installations—including both photovoltaic (PV) and thermal technologies—grew at an average rate of 72% per year between 2010 and 2016, faster than any other generating technologies. Utility-scale solar (plants with a capacity of at least one megawatt) now makes up about 2% of all utility-scale electric generating capacity and 0.9% of utility-scale generation. The first utility-scale solar plants were installed in the mid-1980s, but more than half of the currently operating utility-scale solar capacity came online in the past two years. [ read more … ]

Dem senator pushes bill to overhaul clean energy tax credits

By Devin Henry, The Hill  •    •  Posted 2017-05-08 04:25:16

Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) has introduced a bill to create a new system of federal tax credits for clean energy projects. The bill, dubbed the “Clean Energy for America Act,” would overhaul the existing tax structure for energy development, which today consists of 44 different tax credits. Wyden, the ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, argues some of those credits are too short to effectively deploy more clean energy, while others subsidize technologies “with no discernible policy rationale.”
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Agency suspends advisory panels even as decisions loom

By Scott Streater, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-05-08 04:25:34

The Interior Department is formally reviewing the “charter and charge” of more than 200 advisory panels that assist federal agencies managing hundreds of millions of acres of public lands at a time when the Trump administration is considering significant changes to land-use designations and management practices. The Bureau of Land Management has told members of its 30 resource advisory councils (RACs) to postpone scheduled meetings through at least September as part of the new national review of Interior’s advisory panels, both internal and external. [ read more … ]

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