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August 4, 2017

Trump’s energy agenda is plowing ahead as other initiatives stall

By Tom DiChristopher, CNBC  •    •  Posted 2017-08-04 06:36:18

President Donald Trump may be fuming over Republicans’ failure to repeal and replace Obamacare, but he can certainly take solace in the GOP’s swift overhaul of the Obama administration’s energy and environmental agenda. In just half a year, Trump and his appointees have dismantled many of President Barack Obama’s policies to combat climate change and reduce the nation’s reliance on fossil fuels. For an administration often accused of operating in a state of chaos, it has shown remarkable focus in executing its “America First Energy Plan.” [ read more … ]

Tesla logging 1,800 Model 3 reservations daily

Anne C. Mulkern, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-08-04 06:36:40

Reservations to buy Tesla Inc.’s midpriced Model 3 electric car are coming in at 1,800 a day since the company released a few of them last week. Tesla plans to make 5,000 Model 3s every week by year’s end, and 10,000 a week by late 2018, company officials said yesterday. Elon Musk, Tesla’s co-founder and CEO, described it as a transformational period in a conference call to discuss second-quarter finances with stock analysts. [ read more … ]

A plant dies, and some ask if nuclear can help the climate

Benjamin Storrow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-08-04 06:37:10

Nuclear power plants provide 60 percent of America’s carbon-free electricity. But efforts to increase that figure were dealt a serious blow this week when two South Carolina utilities elected to abandon two new reactors at V.C. Summer, an existing nuclear power plant about 20 miles northwest of Columbia. The decision sparked an immediate debate among greens seeking to curb carbon dioxide emissions. Nuclear advocates said it illustrates the need for further government support, arguing that America risks losing not only the workforce and supply chain needed to service a civilian nuclear industry, but also a valuable tool for decarbonizing the power sector. [ read more … ]

Alliant Energy’s doubles down on wind, pushing investment to $1.8 billion

By Joel Aschbrenner, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted 2017-08-04 06:37:34

Alliant Energy said its Iowa company wants to invest $890 million to add 500 megawatts of wind energy, generating enough juice to power 215,000 homes. The company received approval last year to build 500 megawatts in Iowa. Combined, the two projects would total $1.8 billion, said Interstate Power & Light, Alliant’s Iowa company. [ read more … ]

Energy giant Con Ed proposes to deliver Maine wind energy to Boston

By Portland Press Herald  •    •  Posted 2017-08-04 06:37:54

New York energy giant Con Edison hopes to partner with developers of new Maine wind farms to deliver power to Boston through a bid process under consideration in Massachusetts. The Bay State issued a request for proposals for clean energy earlier this year so it can meet its aggressive renewable energy goals. The RFP drew 46 bids by a July 27 deadline. Among them was a proposal from Central Maine Power Co. to build a transmission corridor through western Maine to deliver Quebec hydropower. [ read more … ]

Deepwater Wind taking 2 shots at Massachusetts energy procurement

By Katie Lannan, Cape Cod Times  •    •  Posted 2017-08-04 06:38:13

One of the three developers vying to build wind energy installations south of Martha’s Vineyard took its first shot last week at winning a long-term contract to bring renewable power to Massachusetts. Deepwater Wind, which currently operates an offshore wind farm off Rhode Island, announced it had answered a request for proposals (RFP) for clean energy projects with a plan to construct the “Revolution Wind” farm 12 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard, with operations based in New Bedford. [ read more … ]

Op-Ed: Policy Makers Need to Include Renewables in Planning for Power Needs

By Ernie Shea, 25×25  •    •  Posted 2017-08-04 06:38:29

There is a growing debate within clean energy circles centered on some academic contentions that by 2050 this country can generate all its electricity from renewable technologies like wind, solar, geothermal, hydropower and biomass. It’s an incredibly ambitious goal, and it would require a significant reconfiguration of current energy policies at the federal, state and local levels to sufficiently accelerate the growth and development of renewable technologies to achieve success. [ read more … ]

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