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September 11, 2017

Irma to Put $3 Billion Worth of Power Grid Upgrades to the Test

By Jim Polson, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2017-09-11 04:34:19

As Hurricane Irma bears down on Florida, the state’s utility customers will find out exactly what $3 billion worth of power-grid upgrades got them. NextEra Energy Inc.’s Florida Power & Light Co. used that money in recent years to replace wooden poles with concrete ones, install flood monitors to protect low-lying substations, and deploy smart meters to help track power outages. [ read more … ]

Industry, govt. heavyweights to brief lawmakers on grid study

Sam Mintz, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-09-11 06:38:16

Major players from the energy industry and the federal government are scheduled to testify this week at a House hearing on electric grid reliability and the Department of Energy’s recent study on the issue. Almost every major energy technology is represented on the witness list, with appearances scheduled from leaders in the coal, solar, oil, wind, nuclear, hydropower and energy storage sectors. The headline is Neil Chatterjee, the recently installed chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, who will be making his first official appearance on the Hill as a representative of the agency. [ read more … ]

China’s Electric Car Push Lures Global Auto Giants, Despite Risks

By KEITH BRADSHER, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2017-09-11 04:36:15

Global automakers see the future of electric cars, and it looks Chinese. The biggest players are shifting crucial scientific and design work to China as the country invests heavily in car-charging stations and research and pushes automakers to embrace battery-powered vehicles. China underscored that ambition over the weekend, when it said it would eventually ban the sale of gasoline- and diesel-powered cars at an unspecified date. But the auto industry’s response — moving electric car design and production to China — represents a big risk. [ read more … ]

EPA nominee doesn’t think agency should regulate GHGs

Niina Heikkinen, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-09-11 04:35:44

President Trump’s pick to lead U.S. EPA’s air office doesn’t believe the agency should be regulating carbon emissions under the Clean Air Act. Bill Wehrum, the nominee to be assistant administrator of the Office of Air and Radiation, thinks Congress hasn’t given EPA the authority to control carbon dioxide emissions. His views put him in line with EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and place him at odds with those who would like to see EPA pursue aggressive climate change rules. [ read more … ]

U.S. solar installations rise despite drop in residential market

  •  By Nichola Groom, Reuters  •  Posted 2017-09-11 04:36:39

U.S. solar installations rose 8 percent in the second quarter as robust utility demand offset a sharp pullback in residential rooftop systems, according to an industry report published on Monday. The industry installed 2.39 gigawatts of photovoltaic solar, up from 2.2 GW a year ago, the report by GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association said. Utility projects accounted for 58 percent of the total. [ read more … ]

Senate to debate role of national labs

Christa Marshall, E&E News reporter  •  By Nichola Groom, Reuters  •  Posted 2017-09-11 06:38:36

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy will hold an oversight hearing this week on fostering innovation at the national laboratories, which have been under scrutiny because of proposed budget cuts by President Trump. The White House asked for a nearly $1 billion fiscal 2018 cut in DOE’s Office of Science, which oversees the majority of the national labs. [ read more … ]

N.C. Takes First Step Toward ‘Unnecessary’ Study Regarding Wind Moratorium

By North American Wind Power  •  By Nichola Groom, Reuters  •  Posted 2017-09-11 04:36:56

In relation to North Carolina’s 18-month moratorium on the issuance of new permits for wind projects, the state’s General Assembly has issued a request for proposals (RFP) to begin a study of military operations in order to determine the placement of wind facilities – a study the NC Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA) calls unnecessary and redundant. [ read more … ]

Minnesota jobs related to clean energy have grown more than 5 percent

By Mike Hughlet, Minneapolis Star Tribune  •  By Nichola Groom, Reuters  •  Posted 2017-09-11 04:37:13

Jobs related to clean energy in Minnesota have grown 5.3 percent over the past year and now number 57,351, with the highest concentration in energy efficiency, according to a study released Thursday by a clean energy group. [ read more … ]

Op-Ed:Rick Perry went looking for a reason to bail out coal and came back empty

By Susan Tierney, The Hill  •  By Nichola Groom, Reuters  •  Posted 2017-09-11 04:37:29

When Energy Secretary Rick Perry ordered a study back in April to examine the “premature retirement” of “baseload” coal and nuclear plants, the writing seemed to be on the wall: presumably, the administration would use the study to claim that renewable energy is undermining the reliability of the grid, justify the rollback of incentives and environmental protections and then prop up coal. [ read more … ]

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