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November 14, 2017

Nuclear, CCS amendments among Senate energy offerings to tax overhaul bill

Geof Koss, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-11-14 06:40:00

Nuclear, carbon capture and sequestration, biofuels, and efficiency are among the power sources that would benefit from more than two dozen energy-related amendments filed by members of both parties to the Senate Republican tax overhaul that is being marked up in committee this week. While the underlying bill unveiled by Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) last week would largely leave key tax breaks for clean and traditional energy sources intact, it does not include a number of changes and extensions to other incentives — some already expired — that companies and advocates have sought in recent years. [ read more … ]

Wind industry apprehensive as provision in House tax bill puts future projects on shaky ground

By Danika Worthington, Denver Post  •    •  Posted 2017-11-14 06:40:50

The U.S. Senate’s recently released tax bill preserves key wind construction tax credits that are at risk in the House’s version, which threw the industry into a tailspin when it was released at the start of November as analysts forecast a deep cut in new wind power. While waiting for the two bills to be meshed, a chilling effect has swept over the industry as groups remain apprehensive. About $50 billion of private investment, including $1.1 billion of projects in the pipeline in Colorado, and the jobs tied to that investment are now on shaky ground. [ read more … ]

The Energy 202: With Chris Christie gone, wind energy may pick up speed in New Jersey

By Dino Grandoni, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2017-11-14 06:41:38

Gov.-elect Phil Murphy wants New Jersey to get all its energy from “clean” sources by the middle of the century. To do so, Murphy promised to rejoin the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, under which nine East Coast states cap and trade carbon dioxide to reduce climate-warming emissions from the power sector. And he set what his campaign calls “the most ambitious offshore wind target in the country” by promising to bring 3,500 megawatts of offshore wind power online by 2030. [ read more … ]

Boost technology 100-fold — or else, report warns

Christa Marshall, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-11-14 06:42:19

Deployment of carbon capture technology needs to increase at least 100 times to meet global emissions targets under the Paris Agreement and avoid dangerous warming, according to a report released this morning. The Global CCS Institute, an international organization backing the technology, found in its annual report that there need to be about 2,500 CCS facilities operating by 2040 to hold temperatures at manageable levels. There currently are 17 large-scale carbon capture facilities online. [ read more … ]

Fossil fuel pitch by White House gets grimaces at Bonn

Jean Chemnick, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-11-14 06:42:53

American dignitaries are thick on the ground here at the U.N. climate talks, assuring a nervous global community that President Trump’s rhetoric about unleashing coal, and its emissions, is mostly talk. “Coal’s days are numbered; nobody questions that,” former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg told an audience Saturday. One day earlier, he had pledged $50 million of his own funds to help accelerate phasing out coal globally.
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North American Climate Leaders Statement

By Ben Rubin, Climate Nexus  •    •  Posted 2017-11-14 06:46:27

Canada, Mexico, and the U.S. Climate Alliance, a bipartisan coalition of 15 U.S. Governors, stand together in a strong commitment to combat climate change and support clean growth across North America. We recognize that a global climate challenge demands working together. We agreed today to strengthen our climate initiatives through a new North American Climate Leadership Dialogue. We will share progress on these goals at the 2018 Global Climate Action Summit to be hosted by California this September. [ read more … ]

Op-Ed: Cracking down on foreign-made solar panels would make U.S. less secure

By Norman R. Seip, Washongton Post  •    •  Posted 2017-11-14 06:44:32

The U.S. military depends on a diverse set of energy resources, and increasingly that includes solar energy. Over the past seven years, the price of solar has dropped by 70 percent, giving our military a cost-effective, reliable, flexible source of electricity for its operations. The tariffs proposed would significantly raise the cost of solar energy, jeopardizing the financial viability of solar projects at U.S. military bases across the globe and threatening our long-term security interests. [ read more … ]

They’ve got the power: Students run a turbine and light up their future

By Debbie Truong, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2017-11-14 06:46:50

The wind turbine and solar panel represent a growing effort to equip students with knowledge about renewable energy. Jobs in the solar industry top the list of fastest-growing professions in the United States, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. It’s a field that’s expected to more than double between 2014 and 2024, the agency estimates.
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