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November 27, 2017

High stakes as Senate debates taxes amid shutdown concerns

Geof Koss and George Cahlink, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2017-11-27 06:39:19

Senate Republicans this week will look to make headway on their top legislative priority of passing tax reform legislation, which would also open part of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling, even as key fiscal deadlines loom in an already packed agenda. The Senate Budget Committee will meet tomorrow afternoon to pass the fiscal 2018 budget reconciliation package, completing another procedural step that will allow the tax overhaul to reach the floor later this week. [ read more … ]

Fact Check: What critics are getting wrong about wind power during the tax reform debate

By Greg Alvarez, AWEA  •    •  Posted 2017-11-27 04:25:46

Ever since the House released its tax reform proposal on Nov. 1, skeptics of wind power have jumped at the opportunity to spread misleading information, especially about the Production Tax Credit (PTC) that has unleashed the private capital needed for wind to scale up. The reality is that tax credits for wind energy are already in the midst of an orderly phaseout and will be gone after 2019. In the meantime, this policy is achieving its goals: creating tens of thousands of new jobs, triggering massive investment in rural America, and generating affordable electricity – unless Congress breaks its promise and cripples the industry instead. [ read more … ]

What Schwarzenegger learned about climate messaging

Debra Kahn, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-11-27 04:25:26

“It was a simple message: ‘Pollution is killing us,'” Schwarzenegger said. “That’s all it said. It was a 15-second spot; we put it on television. A week later, our poll numbers started going up, and the oil and the coal companies’ poll numbers started going down. We’re communicating wrong when we always talk about the same thing and throwing around statistics but we never talk about the amount of people that are dying,” he said. “This is how we can bring people into our crusade and then march forward in a much more successful way than we have.” [ read more … ]

Solar plea to Trump

By ANTHONY ADRAGNA, Politico  •    •  Posted 2017-11-27 04:26:22

Six solar finance firms are asking Trump to consider the broader ramifications of whether to slap steep tariffs on imported solar equipment would have on broader markets and industries. “Tariffs not only will substantially and negatively impact the U.S. solar sector and the 260,000-plus well paying manufacturer, supplier, developer and installer jobs it supports, but also seriously undermine the billion-dollar financial markets and companies, such as ours, that rely on the success of the domestic solar industry.” [ read more … ]

Why Batteries Must Pave the Road to Low-Carbon Future: QuickTake

By Chris Martin, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2017-11-27 04:26:55

Hopes that renewable energy could blunt the worst of climate change used to face a seemingly insurmountable hurdle: the need for better batteries. After all, the wind doesn’t always blow and the sun doesn’t always shine. But those better batteries are on their way, thanks to a myriad of small improvements that will add life to the phone in your pocket and speed the day when electric cars overtake gasoline vehicles. [ read more … ]

Tesla Cranks Up Big Battery in Australia

By Sonali Paul, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2017-11-27 04:27:12

Tesla Inc has completed construction of the world’s largest lithium ion battery in Australia, putting it on track to meet a 100-day deadline for switching the battery packs on, the South Australian government said on Thursday. Tesla won a bid in July to build the 129 megawatt hour battery for South Australia, the country’s most wind power-dependent state, with a vow from Chief Executive Elon Musk to install it within 100 days of signing a grid connection agreement or give it to the state for free. [ read more … ]

Metals Billionaire to Win Whether Electric Cars Boom or Bust

By Yuliya Fedorinova, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2017-11-27 04:27:41

There are two major reasons mining billionaire Vladimir Potanin is within a hair’s breadth of regaining his ranking as Russia’s richest tycoon this year. One is higher prices for nickel used in batteries as metals traders bet electric vehicles are the future of transportation. The other is a jump in palladium on wagers that gasoline cars will be here for a long time yet. [ read more … ]

Why Tobacco Companies Are Paying to Tell You Smoking Kills

By SAPNA MAHESHWARI, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2017-11-27 04:34:32

The campaign includes five different ads with statements divided by category, such as the “manipulation of cigarette design and composition to ensure optimum nicotine delivery” and “adverse health effects of exposure to secondhand smoke.” Other statements include “Secondhand smoke causes lung cancer and coronary heart disease in adults who do not smoke” and “Smoking kills, on average, 1,200 Americans. Every day.” [ read more … ]

Grid operators, execs to dish on trading issues

Hannah Northey, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-11-27 06:39:36

Appearing Wednesday before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy will be grid operators from California and the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest, as well as the former general counsel of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The hearing will focus on whether consumers are benefiting from trade in organized power markets and whether such transactions make the markets more efficient. It will also look into if reforms are needed to safeguard against improper trading. [ read more … ]

Nebraska county takes steps to keep away wind farms

By Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2017-11-27 04:27:56

The county board has taken steps to keep anyone from developing a wind farm in northeast Nebraska’s Stanton County.
The Board of Commissioners voted Monday for a plan that doesn’t allow developers to obtain conditional use permits.
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