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July 19, 2017

Senate panel OKs $38.4B energy and water spending bill

Christa Marshall and Ariel Wittenberg, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2017-07-19 06:42:04

The Senate Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee advanced a fiscal 2018 energy and water spending bill this afternoon that largely rejects President Trump’s request for the Department of Energy. DOE’s energy efficiency and renewable energy programs — which Trump wanted to slash by 70 percent — would be funded at $1.9 billion. That is lower than the $2.1 billion provided last year, but far above Trump’s proposal. The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy supports renewable and sustainable transportation research and oversees mandatory efficiency standards. [ read more … ]

Perry Touts Energy Exports, Awaits Study on Electric Grid

By Matthew Daly, The Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2017-07-19 06:39:49

Perry cited a drive for renewable energy in Germany that he said has forced electricity costs to record highs. “That is not the direction the United States plans to take under the Trump administration,” he said. Perry also touted increased U.S. oil and coal exports as part of a strategy to boost energy production and jobs. Trump has heralded an “energy revolution” that he says celebrates American production on American soil, noting that the U.S. is on the brink of becoming a net exporter of oil, gas and other energy resources. [ read more … ]

Industry execs split on baseload, reliability

Sam Mintz, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-07-19 06:40:22

A former chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission told lawmakers yesterday that coal and nuclear power plant retirements are primarily being caused by low natural gas prices and other market forces, not regulatory policy, and that there is no evidence that the trend will threaten electric grid reliability. The comments from Joseph Kelliher, now executive vice president for federal regulatory affairs at NextEra Energy Inc., came days after a leaked draft study from the Department of Energy included essentially the same findings [ read more … ]

What can DOE actually do for the grid? Not much

Umair Irfan and Benjamin Storrow, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2017-07-19 06:41:37

The much-anticipated report will set the agenda for the Trump administration’s DOE. Perry, Trump’s Energy secretary, said in a memorandum that he wants to use the study to “provide concrete policy recommendations and solutions.” But DOE can do little more than offer advice, according to industry observers. Control of the power grid largely rests in state capitals and at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. [ read more … ]

Draft: Wind and solar played ‘minor roles’ in plant closings

Daniel Cusick, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-07-19 06:41:15

A leaked interim draft of the Department of Energy’s highly anticipated grid reliability study indicates there’s little evidence to show that a major infusion of renewable energy onto the U.S. grid is doing irreparable harm to the nation’s baseload power plants. No author’s name appears on the “Electric Power System, Markets and Reliability” draft report bearing the logo of DOE’s Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, a copy of which was obtained yesterday by E&E News. [ read more … ]

The Energy 202: Perry’s electric grid draft draws some blanks

By Dino Grandoni, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2017-07-19 06:42:30

“The striking thing about the findings at the beginning is that there is almost nothing about reliability in there at all,” said David M. Hart, a professor and director of the Center for Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy at George Mason. “It’s all about baseload retirement. My understanding was that the big question was, how does that affect reliability? And there’s almost nothing in this draft that says anything really definitive about that.” [ read more … ]

Offshore Wind’s Investment Opportunity: Economic Growth With Emissions Reductions

By Forbes  •    •  Posted 2017-07-19 06:43:00

The offshore wind industry’s economic potential has often been considered just out of sight on the horizon, much like how operational turbines themselves appear from coastlines. But the fledgling offshore wind industry is finally reaching maturity, promising gigawatts of clean energy and billions in economic opportunity. [ read more … ]

US offshore to ‘top 3.5GW’

By Renewable Energy News  •    •  Posted 2017-07-19 06:43:26

Offshore wind capacity in the US could reach 3.5GW by 2026, according to a new report by Westwood Global Energy Group (WGEG). The report – ‘World Offshore Wind Market Forecast 2017–2026’ – said capacity is set to grow from 30MW in 2016 to 2.5GW by 2026, with an additional 1GW of capacity from projects that have not yet passed conceptual phases.
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Smith mum about his recent trip to the Arctic

Arianna Skibell, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-07-19 06:43:47

Republican Rep. Lamar Smith of Texas, a vocal critic of climate science, organized and led a clandestine expedition to the melting Arctic in May. The House Science, Space and Technology Committee chairman has declined media requests for comment since Buzzfeed News broke the story last week, but that hasn’t stopped scientists and Democrats from speculating whether seeing global warming’s impacts up close could prompt a change of heart. [ read more … ]

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