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September 18, 2017

FERC, DOE, Interior picks up for vote this week

Sam Mintz, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-09-18 06:28:19

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will vote tomorrow on nominees for top positions at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the departments of the Interior and Energy, including FERC nominees Richard Glick and Kevin McIntyre [ read more … ]

Democrats kill bill to require all renewable energy in California by 2046

By Taryn Luna, Modesta Bee  •    •  Posted 2017-09-18 04:40:28

After facing late opposition from labor unions, a measure to require utility companies to use renewable energy for all of the retail electricity sold in the state faltered in the final week of the legislative session. Senate Bill 100, introduced by Sen. President Pro Tem Kevin de León, calls for all retail electricity sold in the state by utility companies to come from renewable energy and zero-carbon sources by 2046. The measure also accelerates the timeline to hit interim targets that became law under Senate Bill 350 in 2015. [ read more … ]

California’s Plan for 100% Renewables Falls Flat in the 11th Hour

By Emma Foehringer Merchant, Green Tech Media  •    •  Posted 2017-09-18 04:40:47

The downfall of California’s 100 percent bill, SB 100, came shortly after unions representing about 120,000 electric and utility workers, who had previously supported the bill, turned their backs on the legislation amid worries over job loss and grid security.   “There’s a lot in all the bills that we like,” said Tom Dalzell, business manager at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1245, based outside of Sacramento. “Our interest was protecting the distribution system and the jobs of our members that work on the distribution system.” [ read more … ]

Solar industry mum as trade groups praise grid study

Sam Mintz, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-09-18 04:41:12

Energy trade groups praised the Department of Energy yesterday for its staff report on grid reliability, but one industry group was conspicuously absent. A letter to the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which praised the grid study’s focus on fuel diversity, was signed by the trade groups for nuclear, oil, mining, gas, hydropower and wind. Missing: solar. [ read more … ]

Southern Wyoming wind energy transmission line will benefit Colorado on way to powering California

By Joel Funk, Greeley Tribune  •    •  Posted 2017-09-18 04:41:44

A project more than a decade in the making to build transmission lines supplying wind power generated in southern Wyoming to markets in southwestern states also could benefit Colorado when it begins in 2019. [ read more … ]

Court spurns BLM’s ‘irrational’ approach to climate review

Ellen M. Gilmer, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-09-18 04:42:31

A federal court on Friday rebuffed the Bureau of Land Management for failing to closely consider the climate impacts of several coal leases in Wyoming’s Powder River Basin. In a win for environmental groups and climate advocates, the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled BLM violated the National Environmental Policy Act by skipping in-depth analysis of the potential climate impacts from four coal lease [ read more … ]

Solar’s bête noire — so far — not so scary

Hannah Northey, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-09-18 04:42:05

When President Trump appointed Daniel Simmons to help oversee energy efficiency and renewables at the Department of Energy, clean power boosters groaned. Labeling Simmons a “Koch cadet” and highlighting his criticism of renewable energy, his detractors questioned whether the self-described free-market evangelist would dismantle DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy as his former employer, the Institute for Energy Research (IER), had once suggested. [ read more … ]

Bipartisan bill a climate savior or Big Oil handout?

Christa Marshall, E&E News repo  •    •  Posted 2017-09-18 04:42:50

House legislation introduced last week to boost carbon capture and sequestration projects is being framed as both a climate savior and a massive handout for the fossil fuel industry. The “Carbon Capture Act,” a companion to Senate legislation and introduced by Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Texas) with 29 bipartisan co-sponsors, would increase the value of an existing tax credit and make it eligible to more developers. [ read more … ]

Op-Ed: The Next Big Renewable Fuel? Accountants

By David Fickling, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2017-09-18 04:43:06

What’s the most important innovation behind the rise of renewable energy: Taller wind turbines? Smart power grids? Spray-on solar cells? None of the above. For all the advances made by engineers that cut the cost of solar modules and new wind generation by more than half in five years, the true heroes of the renewables revolution may be a group that’s rarely recognized: accountants. [ read more … ]

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