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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

November 20, 2017

Bid to Revive U.S. Solar Factories Faces Familiar Job-Killer

By Brian Eckhouse, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2017-11-20 04:25:36

A bankrupt Georgia company is pushing to revive U.S. solar manufacturing with a trade case that’s headed for the president’s desk. The simmering dispute from Suniva Inc. stands a good chance of leading to import tariffs, but don’t expect that to bring the jobs back. While at least six Asian solar companies say the prospect of trade barriers has them weighing the idea of opening factories in the U.S., they’re likely considering highly automated facilities that won’t need armies of workers. [ read more … ]

China on Pace for Record Solar-Power Installations

By Bloomberg News  •    •  Posted 2017-11-20 04:26:26

China, the world’s biggest carbon emitter, is poised to install a record amount of solar-power capacity this year, prompting researchers to boost forecasts as much as 80 percent. About 54 gigawatts will be put in place this year, Bloomberg New Energy Finance said Monday, raising a forecast of more than 30 gigawatts made in July. That amount of additional capacity would likely surpass all the solar energy generated in Japan in 2017. [ read more … ]

BLM approves ‘long overdue’ Northwest-Intermountain West line

Scott Streater, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-11-20 04:26:59

The Trump administration has approved a 300-mile power line project that should dramatically improve electric transmission from the Pacific Northwest to the Intermountain West. The Bureau of Land Management published a Federal Register notice announcing a record of decision (ROD) approving Idaho Power Co.’s proposed Boardman-to-Hemingway transmission line project after a decadelong review. [ read more … ]

Could Rick Perry’s grid plan spur ‘utility death spiral’?

Sam Mintz, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-11-20 04:27:29

Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s bid to prop up imperiled coal and nuclear power plants could spur an exodus of utility ratepayers in the face of rising electricity bills, some researchers say. Now being reviewed by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Perry’s proposal would direct grid operators in electricity markets overseen by FERC to allow coal and nuclear units to fully recover their costs — likely by getting cash from ratepayers. [ read more … ]

Scientists pinpoint ‘weak spots’ that cause mass blackouts

Christa Marshall, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-11-20 04:28:06

Scientists have developed an unprecedented map of the U.S. grid’s weak spots that could help prevent life-threatening and costly mass blackouts. To date, it has been difficult to predict and analyze large grid failures because of a lack of data and the complexity of factors — from extreme weather to cyclical electricity demand — that can affect outages. [ read more … ]

China fills part of U.S. void on climate without dominating talks

By Alister Doyle, Nina Chestney, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2017-11-20 04:28:30

China has filled some of the void on climate change leadership left by U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to quit the 2015 Paris climate pact by curbing its own greenhouse emissions and it has done so without seeking to dominate the talks, delegates said. Some nations had expected Beijing would be more active in making proposals at the Nov. 6-17 talks among almost 200 nations to push its views that the rich should be doing far more to cut greenhouse gas emissions and to provide finance to poor nations. [ read more … ]

House Energy Bill Promotes Offshore Wind Development

By North American Wind Power  •    •  Posted 2017-11-20 04:28:55

The bill reforms existing regulatory frameworks for energy development on the Outer Continental Shelf and the onshore acreage under federal ownership. For offshore wind, the bill requires the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) to conduct feasbility studies for offshore wind lease sales off the coasts of California, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. For oil and natural gas, it increases access to the resources on the OCS and “fairly compensates” producing states. [ read more … ]

Avangrid plans US war chest

By Renewable Energy News  •    •  Posted 2017-11-20 04:29:10

Avangrid plans to raise $600m from the placing of its 3.150% notes to finance and refinance renewable energy projects in the US. The projects will include on- and offshore wind farms and solar projects, as well as transmission and distribution networks to connect renewables to the grid.
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Senator Cardin: Carbon tax might pass in secret vote

Josh Kurtz, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-11-20 04:25:53

Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) is not one of the Senate’s grandstanders. He’s a policy wonk and a career public servant who has been honing his legislative skills for 51 years — 20 of them in the Maryland House of Delegates, including a stint as speaker; 20 years in the House; and the past 11 in the Senate. Yet mild-mannered as Cardin usually is, he always seems to find himself in the thick of major policy debates. [ read more … ]

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