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November 16, 2017

Senate GOP eyes separate ‘extenders’ bill for energy

Geof Koss and George Cahlink, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2017-11-16 06:40:48

Republican members of the Senate Finance Committee said today they’re looking to assemble legislation to address a number of unresolved energy issues that will move separately from the broader tax overhaul the panel is marking up this week. “We don’t want to mix the two together,” Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), the former Finance Committee chairman, told E&E News this afternoon of the assortment of energy amendments that have been filed to the panel’s tax overhaul. [ read more … ]

Texas wind energy projects worth about $11 billion threatened by U.S. House tax vote today

By Jeff Mosier, Dallas Morning News  •    •  Posted 2017-11-16 06:41:07

The wind energy industry is warning that $10.9 billion worth of Texas projects could be threatened by a U.S. House vote Thursday. The House is scheduled to decide on tax reform that includes retroactively slashing the wind energy production tax credit. And, that’s worrying industry leaders in Texas, which has lead the U.S. in electricity produced by wind farms and has a large percentage of the nation’s wind projects currently in the pipeline. [ read more … ]

U.S. grid regulator: interim plan could aid nuke, coal plants for years

By Timothy Gardner, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2017-11-16 06:41:49

The top U.S. electricity regulator wants to prop up ailing coal and nuclear plants for as long as it takes to determine whether they provide vital services to the grid – a process that could take two years or longer, he said in an interview late on Wednesday. Neil Chatterjee, the acting head of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, said his interim plan to keep the plants open would likely require regional grid operators to evaluate which power plants should be helped, so they could recoup costs through regulated pricing. [ read more … ]

Facebook data center to be powered by $430 million wind farm in Nebraska

By Anmar Frangoul, CNBC  •    •  Posted 2017-11-16 06:42:16

Construction has begun on a wind farm that will supply 100 percent of the power required to operate a Facebook data center in Papillion, Nebraska. The Rattlesnake Creek wind farm in Dixon County, Nebraska, will have a capacity of 320 megawatts (MW). Under a power purchase agreement, Facebook will buy power from 200 MW of the farm’s capacity to operate its data center. [ read more … ]

Editorial: OPPD’s clean energy goals worthy

By Editorial Board, Omaha World Herald  •    •  Posted 2017-11-16 06:42:59

Consumer demand for cleaner sources of electricity and improved economics for wind and solar power are leading the Omaha Public Power District to boost its generation from renewable sources. By 2020, the utility says, renewables should provide half of the electricity it sells to retail customers. This pledge from OPPD President and Chief Executive Tim Burke is more impressive than it seems, because OPPD is decommissioning the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Station, and Nebraska lagged other states in encouraging private and public investment in wind power. [ read more … ]

Wind farm in Kimball, Nebraska, is being decommissioned, but a new one will rise on the same site in 2018

By Cole Epley, Omaha World Herald  •    •  Posted 2017-11-16 06:43:36

For the first time in about seven years as a wind developer, Sandhills Energy President Eric Johnson finally has an answer to the question he most commonly gets asked: What happens to wind farms when they’ve reached the end of their useful lives? At least in Kimball, Nebraska, where Johnson’s company is working with a Lincoln-based general contractor to decommission the state’s first utility-scale wind farm, the answer is to build a bigger, better wind energy project. [ read more … ]

Chinese Solar Maker Longi Mulling U.S. Plant as Tariffs Loom

By Brian Eckhouse, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2017-11-16 06:43:55

Longi Green Energy Technology Co., a Chinese solar manufacturer, is considering opening a U.S. factory, a decision that may hinge upon the looming threat of import tariffs. Longi began evaluating the move before a U.S. trade case was filed in April seeking tariffs to protect domestic manufacturers, Archie Flores, general manager of the Xian, China-based company’s U.S. unit, said in a phone interview Wednesday. [ read more … ]

Wisconsin businessman creates fund for solar energy

By Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2017-11-16 06:44:11

EDGERTON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin businessman has created a fund that awards grants to nonprofits trying to move toward solar energy. Milwaukee Public Radio reports that Cal Couillard created Solar for Good, which awards the grants with the help of the advocacy group RENEW Wisconsin. [ read more … ]

Cross-state rule linked to 21% drop in NOx emissions

Sean Reilly, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-11-16 06:44:26

A senior U.S. EPA official outlined an upbeat picture today of compliance with the latest version of the agency’s interstate air quality rule, pointing to preliminary data showing a 21 percent drop in power plant emissions of nitrogen oxides in the summer ozone season. That’s a 78,000-ton drop for the 22 states covered by the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule update in comparison with last year, Reid Harvey, director of EPA’s clean air markets division, told members of the Ozone Transport Commission holding their fall meeting in Washington. [ read more … ]

BMW Dumps Coal in Pledge for 100% Renewable Power

By Brian Parkin, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2017-11-16 06:44:38

BMW AG’s plan to switch exclusively to green electricity finds it tapping some unusual power sources, including a South African biomass plant that runs on cow dung and chicken droppings. The arrangement is part of the carmaker’s bid to shift all its external power purchases to renewables by 2020, up from 63 percent last year, head of procurement Markus Duesmann said in a speech at the United Nations climate conference in Bonn. [ read more … ]

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