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August 21, 2017

Solar Eclipse Presents First Major Test of Power Grid in Renewable Era

By Ruthy Munoz, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2017-08-21 04:36:29

As Monday’s total solar eclipse sweeps from Oregon to South Carolina, U.S. electric power and grid operators will be glued to their monitoring systems in what for them represents the biggest test of the renewable energy era. Utilities and grid operators have been planning for the event for years, calculating the timing and drop in output from solar, running simulations of the potential impact on demand, and lining up standby power sources. It promises a critical test of their ability to manage a sizeable swing in renewable power. [ read more … ]

Bannon’s exit could reshape Trump energy policies

Michael Doyle, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-08-21 04:36:48

White House strategist Steve Bannon’s abrupt but long-anticipated departure today from President Trump’s inner circle removes a distinctive voice on energy and environmental issues and could give moderate voices more say. Following a flurry of rumors and unusual interviews that Bannon granted in the last few days, the White House announced today that he was history. [ read more … ]

Trump axes infrastructure council

Camille von Kaenel, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-08-21 04:38:00

President Trump’s planned advisory panel on infrastructure “will not move forward,” a White House spokeswoman said. The Advisory Council on Infrastructure, chaired by New York developers Richard LeFrak and Steven Roth, would have helped Trump develop a plan to spur $1 trillion in infrastructure spending. [ read more … ]

It’s the deadline for a big climate report. Agencies are mum

Scott Waldman, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-08-21 04:37:20

Last week was the deadline for 13 federal agencies to respond to a sweeping climate science report that draws on extensive research to show that humans are warming the world at an unprecedented pace. Some Trump administration Cabinet members, and the president himself, have contradicted the type of basic climate science contained throughout the 669-page report. U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and Energy Secretary Rick Perry have claimed, incorrectly, that carbon dioxide is not the primary driving force behind climate change [ read more … ]

Groups to launch clean-energy lobbying blitz

By Amy Harder, Axios  •    •  Posted 2017-08-21 04:38:24

“We don’t want this to be political,” said Charles Hernick, director of the forum’s policy and advocacy. “We obviously live in a very political world, but we need to be able to separate the technologies and the solutions from the politics of the day. We need to separate one administration from the next.” [ read more … ]

Some Democrats See Tax Overhaul as a Path to Taxing Carbon

By LISA FRIEDMAN, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2017-08-21 04:38:43

With a sweeping overhaul of the tax code on the horizon, two Senate Democrats believe this is the moment to broach the third rail of climate change policy: a carbon tax. The plan by the senators, Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island and Brian Schatz of Hawaii, to level a $49 per metric ton fee on greenhouse gas emissions is widely acknowledged as a long shot. But the lawmakers, along with climate activists and a cadre of conservative supporters, insist the tax reform is a way to create bipartisan support. The senators propose to use a portion of the estimated $2.1 trillion they anticipate in carbon tax revenue over the first 10 years to reduce the top marginal corporate tax income rate, something the White House has called for [ read more … ]

Economists, legal experts challenge Trump on carbon pricing

Arianna Skibell, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-08-21 04:39:09

A group of economists and lawyers is arguing that the current calculation of the societal cost of greenhouse gas emissions is the best estimate available, despite President Trump’s decision to withdraw the metric and disband the interagency working group that developed it. [ read more … ]

Emerging climate bonds boom, but are they really green?

By Claire Milhench, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2017-08-21 04:39:30

Emerging economies are increasingly selling green bonds to Western investors hungry for environmentally-friendly investments, but there is a concern some of the new deals don’t meet the standards required. Bonds from polluting countries are one example; investment in controversial hydro projects another. Green bonds are intended to finance environmental projects such as solar and wind farms. [ read more … ]

Dutch Utility Bets Its Future on an Unusual Strategy: Selling Less Power

By STANLEY REED, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2017-08-21 04:39:49

When Eneco, a major Dutch utility, tested a promising energy monitor in several dozen homes, things could not have gone much worse. The company making the devices failed to deliver enough of them, and some of those provided did not work. But when Eneco sent workers to recover the monitors, something strange happened — a tenth of customers refused to open their doors. “They wanted to keep it,” said Tako in ’t Veld, a former Eneco executive who now leads the “smart energy” unit at Quby, the company that makes the energy meter. “They were so happy with the energy insight.” [ read more … ]

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