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August 3, 2017

Senate to vote on DOE nominee; Trump submits FERC picks

Sam Mintz, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-08-03 06:37:01

The Senate’s blitz on confirmations continues today with a noon vote slated on insurance executive Dan Brouillette’s nomination to the No. 2 slot at the Department of Energy. The DOE deputy secretary pick passed through the Energy and Natural Resources Committee last month, but his confirmation was reportedly held up by Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) over the Trump administration’s plans to resume licensing for the controversial Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository in Nevada. [ read more … ]

Court lets states intervene in ozone fight in setback for EPA

Sean Reilly, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-08-03 06:38:49

Dealing a blow to the Trump administration and business groups, a federal appeals court will allow California and a half-dozen other states to intervene in litigation to defend U.S. EPA’s 2015 ground-level ozone standard. A three-judge panel on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit granted the states’ motion without comment in a one-page order released yesterday. [ read more … ]

Air pollution deaths expected to rise because of climate change

By CBS News  •    •  Posted 2017-08-03 06:39:38

New research predicts that air pollution worsened by climate change will cost tens of thousands of lives if changes are not made. The study, published in the journal Nature Climate Change, estimates that if current trends continue, climate change will be responsible for another 60,000 air pollution-related deaths globally in the year 2030. By 2100, that number could jump to 260,000. [ read more … ]

Exports swell as Trump pushes ‘energy dominance’

Umair Irfan, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-08-03 06:37:38

U.S. energy exports have surged this year as the Trump administration has pushed to beef up shipments, but Energy Secretary Rick Perry will have a harder time moving the needle at home. Trump promised to bring back coal jobs to the country and leverage U.S. coal, oil and natural gas around the world to exert global “energy dominance.”
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Can Congress Help NJ’s Offshore Wind Industry Get Cranking?

By Tom Johnson, NJSpotlight  •    •  Posted 2017-08-03 06:38:22

In a push to spur development of an offshore wind industry, bipartisan legislation to extend tax credits for investments in the renewable energy in coastal and other waters across the United States is now before Congress. If enacted, the legislation could be significant for New Jersey, because its efforts to develop offshore wind farms have stalled, allowing other states on the Eastern Seaboard to take the lead. [ read more … ]

Calif. PUC’s Picker says DOE grid study to have little impact on utilities, operators

By Monica Trauzz, E&E  •    •  Posted 2017-08-03 06:40:17

As the Trump administration moves to reverse Obama-era policies aimed at reducing emissions, California recently extended its greenhouse gas market through 2030. Will the Trump administration’s air policies have an impact on California’s efforts to reduce emissions? During today’s OnPoint, Michael Picker, president of the California Public Utilities Commission, explains why he believes the federal policy landscape will not affect states that have acted aggressively on emissions. [ read more … ]

Op-Ed: Foreign companies shouldn’t pick winners and losers in US energy

By Scott Brown, The Hill  •    •  Posted 2017-08-03 06:40:38

Suniva, Inc., a bankrupt solar module company based in Georgia and owned by a Chinese conglomerate, has filed a rare petition under the 1974 Trade Act that could cost nearly 90,000 American jobs across the U.S. solar industry. Suniva, which at its peak employed fewer than 400 workers, claims that U.S. solar manufacturers need blanket protection from imports, no matter where they are manufactured, and regardless of whether foreign manufacturers are competing fairly or unfairly. [ read more … ]

Germany to Take on Tesla With Gigafactory Rival

By Brian Parkin, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2017-08-03 06:41:08

German executives are preparing to announce a new home for a lithium-ion battery plant designed to rival the output at Tesla Inc.’s Gigafactory. Terra E Holding GmbH will choose one of five candidate sites in Germany or a neighboring country next month to build its 34 gigawatt-hour battery factory, Frankfurt-based Chief Executive Officer Holger Gritzka said in an interview. The former ThyssenKrupp AG manager has helped to assemble a consortium of 17 German companies and won government support for the project, which will break ground in the fourth quarter of 2019 and reach full capacity in 2028, he said. [ read more … ]

Rocky Mountain power seeks Idaho commission approval for wind, transmission projects

By Kevin Randolph, Daily Energy Onsider  •    •  Posted 2017-08-03 06:41:27

Rocky Mountain Power recently filed requests with the Idaho Public Utilities Commission (PSC) for approval to build or acquire four wind farms in Wyoming, upgrade 13 existing wind farms and enhance its transmission system. The projects are expected to cost a combined $3.13 billion. The proposed new wind farm projects would cost $2 billion and have a combined capacity of 860 megawatts (MW). [ read more … ]

Austin Utility Signs Long-Term Wind Deal With Avangrid

By North American Wind Power  •    •  Posted 2017-08-03 06:41:42

Iberdrola, which will own and operate the wind project, says Austin is the 14th most populated U.S. city. Austin Energy, serving more than 448,000 customer accounts and more than 1 million residents in Greater Austin, was named one of the American Wind Energy Association’s top utility wind energy providers of 2015. The location of the wind farm, which will have a 200 MW capacity and require an investment of nearly $300 million, will be chosen over the next few weeks, says Iberdrola. [ read more … ]

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