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September 15, 2017

Hurricane talk dominates grid hearing

Sam Mintz, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-09-15 06:39:40

Director of North American Reliability Corp. said keeping up reliability with a renewable-centered system would be “technically feasible” now but that there are significant challenges, including developing new controls for wind and solar to interact with the grid. “The technology is there today, it just requires a lot of coordination,” he said. Chatterjee said that he would want more details on the question and declined to say whether he agreed with Cauley. [ read more … ]

Fire on the Mountain: 2 Forests Offer Clues to Yellowstone’s Fate in a Warming World

By MICHAEL PRICE, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2017-09-15 04:46:31

This is a tale of two forests, Densetown and Stumptown, whose paths diverged after a succession of wildfires. One illustrates the historic resilience of the dense Yellowstone pinelands; the other portends a much sparser future for these forests under climate change. Seventeen years ago, fire swept through this area north of Jackson Lake and Grand Teton’s glaciered peaks, burning a forest of old-growth lodgepole pines that had towered for more than 200 years. In its aftermath, a new generation of pines sprouted, healthy and dense. [ read more … ]

Trump CEQ rolls out plans for swift NEPA reviews

Robin Bravender, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-09-15 04:47:22

The White House released plans today aimed at hastening government environmental reviews of infrastructure projects — a major priority for the Trump administration that critics say will cause big problems. The Council on Environmental Quality published a notice and a fact sheet announcing actions it plans to take to speed up reviews under the National Environmental Policy Act. [ read more … ]

US eyes offshore rules

By Renewable Energy News  •    •  Posted 2017-09-15 04:46:58

The US has launched an initiative to develop a set of standards for the offshore wind sector. The three-year project is a collaboration between the the Department of Energy, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, Business Network for Offshore Wind and the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). [ read more … ]

Ariz. company asks Supreme Court to step into rooftop case

Amanda Reilly, E&E New  •    •  Posted 2017-09-15 04:47:41

An Arizona municipal power company has turned to the Supreme Court in its bid to kill a lawsuit by solar panel installer SolarCity Corp. over fees for homeowners. The Salt River Project Agricultural Improvement and Power District filed a petition with justices Sept. 7 asking them to reconsider the recent decision by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals allowing the lawsuit to go forward. [ read more … ]

Clean jobs on the rise in Missouri, region

By Jason Taylor, MissouriNet  •    •  Posted 2017-09-15 04:48:01

Green jobs are on the rise in the Show-Me state.  A new analysis shows there are now more than 55,000 people working in clean energy throughout Missouri, a more than 5% increase since 2015. The Clean Jobs Midwest report shows the state leads the Midwest region in number of energy storage and smart grid jobs.
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Mike Rounds introduces bill to quash ‘secretive science’

Sean Reilly, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-09-15 04:48:28

Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) has introduced a companion version of a controversial House-passed bill that would bar U.S. EPA from issuing new regulations unless the underlying science is “transparent or reproducible.” EPA has long used “questionable and secretive science” to justify rules that hurt businesses, Rounds, a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, said in a news release yesterday announcing the bill’s introduction. [ read more … ]

DOE funds infrastructure resilience, cybersecurity projects

BY TIMOTHY CAMA , The Hill  •    •  Posted 2017-09-15 04:46:02

The Energy Department Tuesday is giving awards worth as as much as $50 million to its national laboratories for energy infrastructure resilience and cybersecurity projects. The department said hurricanes Harvey and Irma have reinforced the importance of federal funding to protect energy infrastructure, including the electric grid, pipelines and refineries. [ read more … ]

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