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October 11, 2017

Industrialists want lawmakers to block Perry’s FERC proposal

Hannah Northey, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-10-11 06:55:08

Operators of the nation’s factories and industrial plants are trying to enlist Congress’ help to halt Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s request for market reforms to boost coal and nuclear power. Ahead of the secretary’s appearance before the House Energy and Commerce Committee tomorrow, the Industrial Energy Consumers of America called on Republican and Democratic leaders to ask Perry to withdraw his request for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission rulemaking. [ read more … ]

Pruitt calls for killing wind tax credits

Christa Marshall, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-10-11 06:55:26

U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt called for ending renewable tax credits. In a speech at the Kentucky Farm Bureau, Pruitt said he would do away with “these incentives that we give to the wind industry.” Via a budget deal forged at the end of 2015, federal tax credits for wind and solar were extended. [ read more … ]

Oklahoma Wind Power Project To Be Biggest In Nation, Push Supply To Arkansas, Texas And Louisiana

By Jacqueline Froelich, Arkansas Public Radio  •    •  Posted 2017-10-11 06:56:48

A public-private partnership is pushing ahead with plans to build the nation’s largest wind farm — the second largest in the world — in western Oklahoma. The Wind Catcher Energy Connection Project is a collaborative venture by Invenergy, a global renewable energy design firm based in Chicago, Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO) and Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO) which serves three states, including western Arkansas. [ read more … ]

Ocean hot spots could power the planet — study

Christa Marshall, E&E  •    •  Posted 2017-10-11 06:58:52

A properly placed offshore wind farm could provide far more electricity than an identical land system and power the entire planet, according to a surprising new study. There was a previous assumption that deep-sea turbines might produce about the same power per unit as their land counterparts. But the Carnegie Institution for Science team found an ocean system could produce at least three times as much electricity, because of unique atmospheric conditions created by heat released from the ocean. [ read more … ]

Killing Obama’s Power Plan Hasn’t Stopped the Renewable Boom Yet

By Mark Chediak, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2017-10-11 06:57:12

For a look at what the death of the Clean Power Plan means for renewable energy, consider this: Since President Donald Trump signed the order to roll back the emissions-curbing rule, almost $30 billion has been spent on solar and wind projects. In the third quarter alone, clean energy spending in the U.S. hit the highest level in two years, totaling $14.8 billion. [ read more … ]

It’s finally getting the ax. But climate skeptics want more

Zack Colman, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-10-11 06:57:51

The Trump administration  officially announce the end of the Clean Power Plan, a regulation limiting planet-warming carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. But the conservative crowd that’s skeptical about climate change says its work is just beginning. [ read more … ]

How Will the Clean Power Plan Repeal Change Carbon Emissions for Your State?

By BRAD PLUMER and NADJA POPOVICH, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2017-10-11 06:58:28

It all depends on where you live. For California, repeal won’t make much difference. For West Virginia, it could matter a lot. When the Obama administration unveiled the Clean Power Plan in 2015, each state was given individual goals to slash power sector emissions. The aim was to shift utilities away from coal in favor of cleaner sources like natural gas, wind, solar and nuclear to help address global warming. [ read more … ]

Op-Ed: Does Donald Trump Hate Iowa?

By Daniel Gross, Slate  •    •  Posted 2017-10-11 06:58:11

Iowans are now coming to realize that perhaps the slick-talking salesman from the east wasn’t on their side in quite the way they thought. As Sen. Chuck Grassley said of the move on the ethanol standards, “this seems like a bait and switch.” Grassley and his fellow Iowans may have occasion to ask Trump about the ways in which policy is affecting their state: The Iowa caucus is less than 28 months away. [ read more … ]

China Hastens the World Toward an Electric-Car Future

By KEITH BRADSHER, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2017-10-11 06:56:00

There is a powerful reason that automakers worldwide are speeding up their efforts to develop electric vehicles — and that reason is China. Propelled by vast amounts of government money and visions of dominating next-generation technologies, China has become the world’s biggest supporter of electric cars. That is forcing automakers from Detroit to Yokohama and Seoul to Stuttgart to pick up the pace of transformation or risk being left behind in the world’s largest car market. [ read more … ]

Tesla delays big rig truck debut; Model 3 in ‘production hell’

By Munsif Vengattil, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2017-10-11 06:56:18

Chief Executive Elon Musk on Friday pushed back the unveiling of the company’s big rig truck until mid-November, tweeting that the electric vehicle maker was diverting resources to fix production bottlenecks of its new Model 3 sedan and to help Puerto Rico. Musk said Tesla’s Model 3 was “deep in production hell” echoing his own comments in July, when he showed off some of the first cars of that model. [ read more … ]

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