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November 17, 2017

House passes overhaul, shrugs off angst over renewables

Geof Koss, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-11-17 07:12:59

House passage came over the protests of renewable and clean energy interests, who are upset over changes to the renewable production and investment tax credits. The bill would retroactively slash the value of the PTC, while adding new requirements for qualifying for the ITC. It would also phase out a solar tax break after 2027 and eliminate a key break for electric vehicles. However, the House measure does extend the ITC for a handful of sources that were “orphaned” after they were inadvertently left out of the 2015 deal that extended and phased down the PTC and ITC. The legislation also includes an extension of the nuclear production tax credit, which the struggling industry desperately wants to see become law. [ read more … ]

Hundreds Of Wind Stakeholders Band Together Against House Tax Proposal

By Betsy Lillian, North American Wind Power  •    •  Posted 2017-11-17 07:13:39

More than 200 companies in the U.S. wind supply chain delivered a letter to leaders of the tax reform effort in the U.S. House of Representatives to ask them to honor the existing phase-out of the wind energy production tax credit (PTC) and investment tax credit (ITC) The letter asks the House to amend H.R.1, their proposed GOP tax reform bill, to honor the 2015 bipartisan agreement to phase out the wind PTC and ITC from 2015 through 2019. The letter is copied to leaders of the Senate tax reform effort, who the wind businesses say are honoring the deal in their proposed bill. [ read more … ]

Sen. Alexander recommends Congress end Wind Energy Production Tax Credit

By Kevin Randolph, Energy Insider  •    •  Posted 2017-11-17 07:13:16

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) suggested Congress end the wind production tax credit at the end of the year through its tax reform bill in remarks made Tuesday on the Senate floor. “To date, the wind production tax credit has already cost taxpayers billions, and Congress has recognized the need to end the wind production tax credit by passing legislation to phase out the credit by 2020, but we should do better,” Alexander said. [ read more … ]

FERC chief decries ‘hyperbolic’ reaction to Perry plan

Sam Mintz, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-11-17 07:14:07

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Neil Chatterjee defended his work yesterday on a proposal to boost coal and nuclear plants in what could be his last public comments as head of the agency. Chatterjee has been leading FERC’s efforts to review a directive from the Department of Energy, which called on FERC to change electricity market rules to compensate “fuel-secure” generating units. [ read more … ]

Sierra Club campaign targets DOE grid proposal

Sam Mintz, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-11-17 07:14:27

The Sierra Club launched a video ad campaign decrying the Department of Energy’s proposal to boost coal and nuclear plants. The spot, almost two minutes long, features remarks by Mary Anne Hitt, director of the group’s Beyond Coal campaign, and calls Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s plan a bailout for “dirty coal and nuclear plants that are expensive to operate and maintain.” [ read more … ]

World leaders jostle for climate leadership as U.S. retreats

Jean Chemnick, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-11-17 07:15:06

The leaders of Europe’s two largest economies gave very different speeches here yesterday, with “climate chancellor” Angela Merkel angering advocates with her cautious tone and French President Emmanuel Macron offering himself as a replacement for lost U.S. leadership. Merkel, Germany’s leader, who is co-hosting the international climate talks here with Fiji, frustrated greens who hoped she would use her appearance at the start of yesterday’s leader-level talks to set a 2030 deadline for her country to phase out coal-fired power. [ read more … ]

France, Germany urge more action on climate after Trump quits

By Reuters  •    •  Posted 2017-11-17 07:15:44

The leaders of Germany and France promised to limit the use of coal on Wednesday and urged more global action to combat global warming after U.S. President Donald Trump pulled out of the 2015 Paris agreement. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and France’s President Emmanuel Macron said the pact was only a start to reining in a rise in global temperatures, blamed for stoking more heat waves, floods and rising sea levels, and needed to be toughened. [ read more … ]

4 big climate rules still alive under Trump

Niina Heikkinen and Camille von Kaenel, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2017-11-17 07:15:28

Despite Trump’s public pronouncements, work to scythe through regulations on greenhouse gas emissions is far from over. Lawsuits challenging major climate rules are stalled in the courts, and actions to eliminate them are working through long bureaucratic processes. These roadblocks could impede the administration’s deregulatory push and could ultimately mean the rules’ fate is decided by the next administration. Here’s where the planned rollbacks of four major climate regulations stand: [ read more … ]

Storms, Trump drive climate worries to record high — poll

Christa Marshall, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-11-17 07:16:04

The percentage of Americans who say they are “very worried” about global warming has hit a record high since it was first measured in 2008, according to a poll released today by Yale and George Mason universities. The biannual “Climate Change in the American Mind” survey found several record highs or near-record highs in opinion on the issue, including the highest percentage of Americans ever saying they’re being harmed “right now” by climate change. Forty-two percent of respondents now say that, compared with 33 percent in 2008. [ read more … ]

Op-Ed: Stakeholder Message to the White House: No New Solar Tariffs!

By Ernie Shea, 25×25  •    •  Posted 2017-11-17 07:16:24

A 60-day clock started on Monday, setting a Jan. 12 deadline by which the president must either accept the recommendations from the U.S. International Trade Council (ITC), reject them, or set his own remedies. We urge other renewable energy advocates to join us and solar industry stakeholders in urging the White House to make the decision that will ensure the growth of the industry and protect tens of thousands of jobs. [ read more … ]

Tesla Unveils an Electric Rival to Semi Trucks

By NEAL E. BOUDETTEN, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2017-11-17 07:16:38

Tesla has aimed to reinvent the automobile and the way electricity is generated for homes. With those efforts still in progress, it is setting out on another quest: to remake the multibillion-dollar trucking industry. In an elaborately produced nighttime presentation by its chief executive, Elon Musk, Tesla on Thursday unveiled a prototype for a battery-powered, nearly self-driving semi truck that the company said would prove more efficient and less costly to operate than the diesel trucks that now haul goods across the country. And of course, it will emit no exhaust. [ read more … ]

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