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July 18, 2017

California Extends Climate Bill, Handing Gov. Jerry Brown a Victory

By ADAM NAGOURNEY, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2017-07-18 06:37:33

alifornia lawmakers voted Monday to extend a cap-and-trade program until 2030, ending a legislative standoff that had threatened a critical component of the state’s pioneering efforts to reduce climate-altering emissions. The measure was approved by a two-thirds majority in both the Assembly and the Senate, a margin that Gov. Jerry Brown, a Democrat, had insisted lawmakers meet to avoid any potential legal challenges. In the end, eight Republicans voted for the bill, affirming what many described as the need to deal with climate change and differentiating themselves from Republicans in Washington. [ read more … ]

Wind, solar do not harm power grid reliability: draft U.S. study

By Timothy Gardner, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2017-07-18 06:31:41

The growth of renewable power, including wind and solar, has not harmed the reliability of the U.S. electricity grid, according to a draft U.S. Department of Energy study, echoing the findings of grid operators across the country. The conclusion of the draft, dated July and viewed by Reuters, could ease fears in the renewable energy industry that the widely anticipated study would be used by President Donald Trump’s administration to form policies supporting coal plants at the expense of wind and solar. [ read more … ]

Leaked text disappears from grid study

Hannah Northey, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-07-18 06:36:34

The current version of a highly anticipated grid study from the Department of Energy no longer includes draft text that pointed a finger at cheap gas and low electricity demand — not renewables — as the main drivers of recent baseload power plant closures. An early draft of DOE’s grid study spanning more than 140 pages obtained by E&E News concludes that the nation’s grid is operating reliably and probes the closure of baseload power plants. Bloomberg first reported on the draft Friday. [ read more … ]

Perry’s grid study is coming. Here’s what we know

Umair Irfan and Daniel Cusick, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2017-07-18 06:36:12

The U.S. energy industry is waiting on tenterhooks for the Department of Energy’s study on the impacts of renewable energy incentives on grid reliability, due out as early as this week. Its findings may defy the premise under which the study was commissioned, according to a draft of the report first reported by Bloomberg on Friday. [ read more … ]

Macron: My charm offensive may soften Trump’s climate stance

By The Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2017-07-18 06:37:08

Macron defended his outreach to Trump, whose “America first” policies have elicited worry and disdain in Europe. “Our countries are friends, so we should be too,” Macron said in an interview Sunday in the Journal du dimanche newspaper. [ read more … ]

Republicans aren’t happy about Colorado joining the U.S. Climate Alliance, but governor says “this isn’t a partisan issue”

By Jesse Paul, Denver Post  •    •  Posted 2017-07-18 06:38:08

Republicans have been sounding the alarm over Gov. John Hickenlooper’s decision Tuesday to sign Colorado on to the U.S. Climate Alliance, saying his executive order lacked collaboration, could hurt the state and might even be challenged in court. [ read more … ]

The Winds Above Wyoming

By Jeremy Deaton, Nexus Media  •    •  Posted 2017-07-18 06:38:31

There’s the Wyoming you see on postcards — the snow-dusted mountains and caramel-colored prairies where movie stars build their second homes. But there’s another Wyoming — the one that powers America’s homes and businesses. The Cowboy State churns out more coal than all of Appalachia, and it’s home to some of the strongest winds on the continent. The Rocky Mountains funnel air across flat, open prairies, producing winds that rival the most powerful ocean gales. [ read more … ]

National Renewable Energy Laboratory optimistic in face of Trump’s budget cuts

By Peter Marcus, Denver Post  •    •  Posted 2017-07-18 06:38:52

Researchers at NREL — a national laboratory that celebrated its 40th birthday on July 5 — have been innovating and contributing to the Colorado and national economy through seven presidential administrations, with the reach of their work only growing each year. But the laboratory’s future is uncertain under President Donald Trump, who has promised to trim government spending, and has identified renewable energy programs as a target. [ read more … ]

Big Oil Just Woke Up to Threat of Rising Electric Car Demand

By Jess Shankleman, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2017-07-18 06:39:25

The world’s biggest oil producers are starting to take electric vehicles seriously as a long-term threat. OPEC quintupled its forecast for sales of plug-in EVs, and oil producers from Exxon Mobil Corp. to BP Plc also revised up their outlooks in the past year, according to a study by Bloomberg New Energy Finance released on Friday. The London-based researcher expects those cars to reduce oil demand 8 million barrels by 2040, more than the current combined production of Iran and Iraq. [ read more … ]

Utilities are giving people cash for clean cars

Camille von Kaenel, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-07-18 06:39:44

Utilities have begun offering direct rebates for electric vehicles in an effort to jump-start sluggish sales in an emerging car market that stands to benefit them financially. Electric companies in Vermont and California have offered customers $450 to $1,200 off their electric bill if they buy a plug-in car. Others have partnered with Nissan to offer $10,000 in rebates. [ read more … ]

What If Big Oil’s Bet on Gas Is Wrong?

By Jack Farchy, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2017-07-18 06:40:02

Pouyanne and his peers have pitched the fuel as a bridge between a fossil-fuel past and a carbon-free future. Gas emits less pollution than oil and can be burned to produce the power that grids will need for electric cars. But with the cost of renewable technologies falling sharply, some are warning that the outlook may not be so rosy. Forecasters are beginning to talk about peak gas demand, spurred by the growth of alternative power supplies, in the same breath as peak oil consumption, caused by the gradual demise of the internal combustion engine. [ read more … ]

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