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September 8, 2017

After protests, Trump FERC picks tackle coal and grid reliability

Sam Mintz, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-09-08 06:49:19

After brief interruptions from a handful of protesters, it was smooth sailing for Federal Energy Regulatory Commission nominees Kevin McIntyre and Richard Glick during their Senate confirmation hearing yesterday. Still, lawmakers were keen to get them on the record about energy policy and issues affecting electricity and power infrastructure. [ read more … ]

Trump picks EPA air chief, and Boxer not around to block him

Sean Reilly, E&E News reportera  •    •  Posted 2017-09-08 06:49:35

In tapping attorney William Wehrum to head U.S. EPA’s air office, President Trump hewed to a now-familiar profile: an alumnus of George W. Bush’s administration closely tied to industries that he would oversee. The White House sent his nomination to the Senate last night. A decade ago, questions about his ties helped sink Wehrum’s first bid for the job. This round, courtesy of an ensuing change in Senate rules, he’s likely to win confirmation. [ read more … ]

Gas Shortage Shifts From Texas to Florida

By Laura Blewitt, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2017-09-08 06:49:55

Truckers who hauled gasoline to Texas last week from Florida may run the same route in reverse next week as Hurricane Irma bears down on the Sunshine State. South Floridians are stocking up on supplies like gasoline and water while preparing to evacuate to the northern part of the state ahead of Irma, which is forecast to bring winds as high as 150 miles (240 kilometers) an hour to the state. More than 1,800 stations in Florida metropolitan areas were without fuel late Thursday, according to, a retail price-tracking service. [ read more … ]

Republicans cross aisle to fund climate treaty

Arianna Skibell, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-09-08 06:50:20

Republican Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Lamar Alexander of Tennessee today crossed the aisle to vote for an amendment to fund two international climate bodies in a fiscal 2018 spending bill. It happened during a Senate Appropriations Committee markup this afternoon on legislation to fund the State Department and foreign programs. [ read more … ]

Jerry Brown is in Russia to talk about the climate

Debra Kahn, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-09-08 06:50:36

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) sought cooperation on climate change yesterday at an economic forum in Russia. In remarks at the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, Brown cautioned against “getting absorbed in the controversies of the moment, the difficulties of today or even next week,” and instead urged leaders to work together on climate change and on upholding the U.N. Paris Agreement.
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Coalition aims to change ‘policy landscape,’ expand access

Christa Marshall, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-09-08 06:50:55

Microsoft Corp., Walmart and some of the nation’s other largest companies are joining forces to expand access to renewable energy by changing the “policy landscape.” The Advanced Energy Buyers Group will work to help companies and public entities like schools purchase renewable energy and “advanced energy” resources such as fuel cells or demand response, according to a release. The policy focus distinguishes the group from other business coalitions that are centered more on setting initial corporate sustainability targets. [ read more … ]

Climate rule rollback expected this fall

Ellen M. Gilmer, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-09-08 06:51:11

The Trump administration’s proposal to scrap or replace the embattled Clean Power Plan is expected to roll out this fall, U.S. EPA said today. In a status report to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, government lawyers said they expect EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to sign a proposed rule reconsidering the Obama-era climate measure this fall. [ read more … ]

5 Countries With the Highest Installed Solar Capacity (No. 2 May Surprise You)

By Travis Hoium, Motley Fool  •    •  Posted 2017-09-08 06:51:32

Solar energy is the fastest-growing new source of energy in the world, and it’s still just scratching the surface of its potential. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), at least 302 GW of solar capacity were in operation at the end of 2016, enough to power 49.5 million U.S. homes. And solar energy still provides less than 2% of the world’s electricity needs, meaning there are years, or even decades, of growth ahead. [ read more … ]

A wind farm of epic proportions is taking shape in Africa

By Anmar Frangoul, CNBC  •    •  Posted 2017-09-08 06:52:01

“It is the largest wind farm in Africa (and) it has 365 turbines,” Carlo Van Wageningen, director and board member at Lake Turkana Wind Power, told CNBC’s Sustainable Energy on Thursday. “We are hoping to soon see the transmission line completed so that Kenya will be able to benefit from this cheap source of power,” he added.
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Op-Ed: DOE Report Misses Disruptor Coming to Energy Grid: Predictive Analytics

By Sonny Garg, Morning Consult  •    •  Posted 2017-09-08 06:51:47

In late August, the Department of Energy released its long-awaited report on the reliability of the U.S. energy grid. Not surprisingly, it found natural gas the main culprit for the retirement of coal and nuclear power plants. But what’s missing from the report is what will disrupt the entire energy industry next: predictive analytics. [ read more … ]

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