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October 25, 2017

Health, energy among fastest-growing jobs

By Brian Fung, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2017-10-25 06:48:43

Solar-panel installers, home health aides, statisticians and software developers are among the 15 fastest-growing occupations in the United States and reflect the needs of an aging population, a shift to clean energy and demand for science, technology and math talent. [ read more … ]

Developers Plan Wind Farms Off Jersey as Christie Era Ends

By Joe Ryan, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2017-10-25 06:46:32

After years of being sidelined by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, wind farm developers are dusting off plans for massive offshore turbines that may someday generate more electricity than a nuclear reactor. Christie, a Republican whose term ends in January, effectively blocked wind farms off his state’s coast by never fully implementing a program that would subsidize the projects. Both of the leading candidates to replace him have pledged support for the industry, opening the door for developers to push toward construction. [ read more … ]

Big Oil Is Investing Billions to Gain a Foothold in Clean Energy

By Anna Hirtenstein, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2017-10-25 06:46:58

The world’s biggest oil companies are closing more clean energy deals as pressure to diversify their businesses mounts and growth accelerates among green technologies. Oil majors more than doubled the number of acquisitions, project investments and venture capital stakes, to 44 in 2016 from 21 the year before, according to research published Tuesday by Bloomberg New Energy Finance. In the last 15 years, they’ve completed 428 transactions and spent $6.2 billion building stakes in clean energy companies. [ read more … ]

Subsidizing coal and nuclear power plants would not be legal, says PJM

By John Funk, The Plain Dealer  •    •  Posted 2017-10-25 06:47:17

The independent company that manages competitive wholesale power markets in Ohio and 12 other states believes a federal proposal to subsidize the owners of old nuclear and coal plants is unworkable and would not even be legal. The U.S. Department of Energy proposal “is simply unworkable,” said Andrew Ott, CEO of PJM Interconnection, in a press conference today. “We believe it is contrary to law.” [ read more … ]

Commentary: EPA repeal of Clean Power Plan won’t get Trump what he wants

By Ben Adler, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2017-10-25 04:25:08

Even if Pruitt were able to convince courts that the Clean Power Plan’s costs outweigh its benefits – an argument for which environmentalists have plenty of counter-evidence – the EPA would still be obligated to come up with a replacement carbon pollution regulation. Courts could order EPA to produce a regulation by a certain time and hold Pruitt in contempt of court if he fails to comply. That’s what happened to EPA administrator William D. Ruckelshaus in 1984 for not issuing standards on radioactive airborne materials. [ read more … ]

Op-Ed: Rick Perry’s Anti-Market Plan to Help Coal

By JODY FREEMAN and JOSEPH GOFFMAN, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2017-10-25 06:47:52

Mr. Perry’s plan is premised on two unfounded claims: First, it assumes that coal and nuclear power plants, because they can stockpile fuel on site, are uniquely able to enhance the “reliability and resiliency” of the electric power grid, especially in times of fuel supply disruptions. Second, it assumes that those plants are being driven out of business by unfair subsidies to renewable-energy producers, as Mr. Perry has repeatedly claimed or implied. [ read more … ]

Report: Renewables, Not Natural Gas, Should Replace Coal In New Mexico

By Renewable Energy News  •    •  Posted 2017-10-25 06:48:10

Though the legislative effort to strengthen New Mexico’s renewable portfolio standard (RPS) did not pass earlier this year, a new analysis by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) finds that significantly increasing the state’s share of electricity from solar and wind would spur job creation, improve public health and benefit the environment. [ read more … ]

Can solar save a huge coal plant? Zinke’s thinking about it

Brittany Patterson and Benjamin Storrow, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2017-10-25 06:48:29

The Navajo Generating Station, a 2,250-megawatt coal plant in northeast Arizona, is scheduled to retire in 2019 after four utilities with a stake in the facility voted to close it earlier this year. The Interior Department is a minority owner, and the Trump administration opposes shuttering it. As a fix, federal officials have explored regulatory rollbacks and tax credits, and attempted to help facilitate the sale of the massive facility. [ read more … ]

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