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October 16, 2017

FERC member: We won’t ‘bastardize markets’

Hannah Northey, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-10-16 16:17:50

A key member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission yesterday tried to calm jitters around an Energy Department directive that would bolster coal and nuclear plants. Robert Powelson, a new FERC member from the gas-rich state of Pennsylvania, attempted to give attendees at an energy conference in Washington, D.C., “peace of mind your voices will be heard,” and said the commission isn’t in the practice of picking winners and losers in the energy markets. [ read more … ]

Wind power to overtake coal power in Texas

By John Siciliano, Washington Examiner  •    •  Posted 2017-10-16 16:18:23

Wind energy is expected to overtake coal in Texas after Friday’s news that two large coal-fired power plants are set to close in the next year. The utility firm Luminant announced that it would close the Sandow Power Plant and the Big Brown Power Plant in early 2018. The power plants comprise 2,300 megawatts of electricity, which means 2.1 million homes in the Lone Star State will no longer be powered by coal. [ read more … ]

For clean-energy jobs, sky’s the limit

By Mike Hughlet, Minneapolis Star Tribune  •    •  Posted 2017-10-16 16:18:42

As wind and solar energy have grown, they’ve created a tide of jobs nationwide in fields from construction to manufacturing. Renewable energy jobs, most of which are in wind and solar, grew by 16 percent to around 6,200 in Minnesota from 2015 to 2016, according to a recent study by Clean Energy Economy Minnesota, an industry-led nonprofit. [ read more … ]

How to Make Enemies in Solar Energy

By Travis Hoium, Motley Fool  •    •  Posted 2017-10-16 16:18:58

In the battle over solar tariffs proposed by bankrupt manufacturers Suniva and SolarWorld, nearly every solar company has come out against tariffs. One that’s breaking ranks is First Solar. First Solar’s management said this week that it’s in favor of some kind of protective measure. But this may be a self-serving opinion, because First Solar itself isn’t under threat from solar tariffs. [ read more … ]

OPEC Sees ‘Healthy’ Oil Demand Growth to 2022

By Wael Mahdi, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2017-10-16 16:19:27

Oil demand will grow at a “healthy pace” over the next five years as renewables show the fastest expansion of any type of energy, the head of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries said. Wind, solar, geothermal and photovoltaic sources will be the fastest-growing energy, increasing by an average of 6.8 percent a year from 2015 to 2040, though still accounting for less than 5.5 percent of the world’s total energy mix by 2040, he said. [ read more … ]

Strong reactions on both sides to Trump’s CEQ pick

Hannah Northey, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-10-16 16:19:49

President Trump’s nomination of a former Texas regulator who’s touted the benefits of carbon dioxide to lead the Council on Environmental Quality is being praised by industry but derided by environmentalists as “creative evil” and a “nightmare scenario.” If confirmed by the Senate, Kathleen Hartnett White would lead a short-handed White House office that’s traditionally been seen as an environmental watchdog on Pennsylvania Avenue. [ read more … ]

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