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September 22, 2017

Puerto Rico’s grid ‘totally destroyed’ — Trump

Hannah Northey, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-09-22 04:41:08

President Trump said Puerto Rico’s already degraded and underfunded electrical grid was obliterated by Hurricane Maria and vowed to visit the U.S. territory in the coming days. “Puerto Rico is in very, very, very tough shape. Their electrical grid is destroyed,” Trump told reporters after a meeting with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. [ read more … ]

White House Staffers huddle to talk energy, environment

Zack Colman, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-09-22 04:41:24

Climate change surfaced as a discussion topic amid a subset of broader matters like technology and energy security, the official said. The deputy assistants from the departments of the Treasury, Energy and others wanted to find a framework and legacy that differed from the Obama administration’s climate-centric posture on energy and environment policy. [ read more … ]

Another industry group asks agency to regulate carbon

Niina Heikkinen, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-09-22 04:41:45

More power companies are calling on U.S. EPA to regulate greenhouse gases rather than nix the Clean Power Plan. The Coalition for Innovative Climate Solutions, a group that represents electric generating companies and service providers in 19 states, is asking EPA to provide industry with “regulatory certainty” by developing a replacement for the Obama-era regulation on carbon emissions from power plants. [ read more … ]

Report: States take the reins on clean energy, despite federal policy changes

By Robert Walton, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2017-09-22 04:42:00

“Our coverage has shown that states are taking a proactive approach in reaching Renewables Portfolio Standards, despite the shift in focus from policy makers at the federal level,” Nick Kapur, senior director of energy at S&P Global Market Intelligence, said in a statement. But while the trend towards clean, distributed, and mobile energy resources is “well underway and recognized,” said Kapur, “industry stakeholders are still grappling with how to restructure their business models, redesign their regulatory processes, and establish new infrastructure requirements needed to power the grid of the future.”
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Push is on to move Massachusetts to 100% renewable energy use

By Shira Schoenberg, MassLive  •    •  Posted 2017-09-22 04:42:19

A group of 30 academics and people working in the renewable energy industry signed a letter urging Massachusetts to set a goal of getting 100 percent of its energy from renewable sources. “Our reliance on dirty sources of energy like oil and gas is harming our health and changing our climate in dangerous ways,” the academics wrote. “While solar and wind energy are growing rapidly, we are still not doing enough to protect our communities from harmful pollution and ensure a safe, livable climate for future generations.” [ read more … ]

Protests mark FERC’s first open meeting in 8 months

Sam Mintz, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-09-22 04:42:36

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Neil Chatterjee presided over his first open commission meeting yesterday, and the agency’s first in eight months, now that the panel has regained a quorum. While the meeting featured a fairly low-profile agenda noticeably lacking any major policy issues or infrastructure project approvals, dozens of protesters greeted commissioners inside and out. [ read more … ]

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