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May 15, 2017

Mid-Atlantic enters ‘offshore game’ in a big way

Benjamin Storrow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-05-15 04:39:10

Maryland regulators approved financing for the largest offshore wind developments planned in the United States yesterday in a decision that advocates said highlighted the industry’s growing strength. The Public Service Commission was initially expected to only award renewable energy credits to one of two companies vying for state financing. In the end, commissioners elected to grant the credits to both: a 248-megawatt development proposed by U.S. Wind Inc. and a 120-MW project planned by Skipjack Offshore Energy LLC. Regulators hailed the economic benefits of the projects. They estimated the developments would spur $1.8 billion in investment, create 9,700 direct and in-direct jobs, and contribute $74 million in taxes over 20 years. [ read more … ]

Trump pick for Interior deputy gets his day in the sun

Corbin Hiar, E&E News reporte  •    •  Posted 2017-05-15 06:36:19

President Trump’s controversial pick for deputy secretary of the Interior Department is likely to face tough questions from senators this week about his work for energy industry clients and service at the agency during the George W. Bush administration. David Bernhardt, who is currently chairman of the natural resources department at the law firm Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP, will appear before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on Thursday morning. [ read more … ]

Tesla’s new moonshot is solar energy — here’s why it might just work

By Christian de Looper, World of Tech    •    •  Posted 2017-05-15 04:39:42

Tesla is a powerhouse in the modern tech world, and for good reason. The company’s push for electric cars has captivated consumers, investors and industry observers, and the result is that Tesla is now the most valuable American car company. CEO Elon Musk has even set his sights on overtaking Apple one day in terms of company worth. More recently, Tesla’s focus has broadened, and it’s made a different kind of push, one that aims to capture energy from the sun and use it to power people’s homes. [ read more … ]

Brown: ‘Very good chance’ of a deal on cap and trade

Debra Kahn, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-05-15 04:40:04

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) said he is confident lawmakers can come to an agreement this year on extending the state’s economywide cap-and-trade system. Speaking at the release of his revised budget proposal in Sacramento, Brown acknowledged several new proposals that have been floated to stretch the climate change program past 2020. But he pointed to the strengths of the current program as justification for continuing it. [ read more … ]

Even Clean Energy Has Its Little Oil Spills

By Adam Williams, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2017-05-15 04:40:22

Wind turbines were planted along a strip of Mexico’s southern coast to make the country’s power industry cleaner. Now they’re spilling oil. In the town of Juchitan last month, a clean-up was under way around a generator owned by Electricite de France. Workers wearing goggles and masks were scrubbing off a copper-colored lubricant that dripped down from the turbine. They’d wrapped cloth around its base, to absorb further leakage, and stuffed contaminated soil and stones into plastic trash-bags. [ read more … ]

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