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December 1, 2017

Procedural knots tie up ANWR, reform push

Geof Koss and Kellie Lunney, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2017-12-01 06:47:32

Senate Republicans last night were forced to punt on their plans to pass a broad tax overhaul and instead scrambled to sort out parliamentary hurdles that also ensnared the push to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling. Senators will convene this morning to try again on their tax legislation, after hopes for passage were dashed last night as Republicans struggled to comply with strict rules that govern the budget reconciliation process they are using to pass the bill — and open ANWR to drilling — by a simple majority vote. [ read more … ]

Why the wind and solar lobby is terrified of the Senate tax plan

By Dino Grandoni, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2017-12-01 06:47:55

The upper chamber’s version of the bill, which on Wednesday cleared a key procedural hurdle and moved closer to a final vote, contains a provision that the wind and solar industry worries would inadvertently upend investment in renewable energy. The effect of the Senate tax bill on the wind and solar sector is likely unintentional — or so renewable advocates hope. Despite the motives, the energy tangle is a telling sign of the frantic speed with which Congress is attempting to rewrite the U.S. tax code, and indeed much of American life, with meager debate. [ read more … ]

The Obscure ‘Poison Pill’ Senate Tax Provision Threatening Renewables

By Emma Foehringer Merchant, GTM  •    •  Posted 2017-12-01 06:48:28

With the Senate tax bill speeding toward a vote, renewable energy trade organizations on Wednesday raised the alarm about an obscure and “extremely problematic” provision they say would pull the investment rug out from underneath renewables projects. “It’s a crazy situation — one that we should not be in at the moment,” said Greg Wetstone, CEO of the American Council on Renewable Energy. “We are in an all-hands-on-deck drill across the sector trying to repair a very broken problem.” [ read more … ]

Wind developers in Kansas push back against tax-credit reversal by U.S. House

By Timothy Carpenter, Topeka-Capital Journal  •    •  Posted 2017-12-01 06:48:45

Executives of seven wind energy companies pressed Gov. Sam Brownback to lobby the state’s congressional delegation in opposition to a cut in a federal tax credit that could derail $1.5 billion in planned projects across Kansas. A provision weakening the production tax credit was folded into the U.S. House bill endorsed by all four Kansas representatives in Washington, but wind industry executives asked Brownback and Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer to encourage fellow Republican U.S. Sens. Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran to keep changes in the tax credit out of the Senate’s bill and the final compromise tax legislation. [ read more … ]

Trump’s First Major Trade Fight With China Could Be Over Solar Panels

By KEITH BRADSHER, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2017-12-01 06:49:07

With President Trump vowing to get tougher on trade, troubled American makers of everything from steel tubing and aluminum foil to washing machines have lined up to ask Washington for protection from foreign rivals. But Mr. Trump’s first big international trade fight could be over solar panels [ read more … ]

Australia Powers Up the World’s Biggest Battery — Courtesy of Elon Musk

By ADAM BAIDAWI, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2017-12-01 06:49:32

The state of South Australia announced on Friday that it had powered up the world’s biggest battery ahead of schedule: a feat already being heralded as one of this century’s first great engineering marvels and a potential solution to the country’s energy woes. The battery is the size of an American football field. It is capable of powering 30,000 homes, and its rapid deployment reflects the union of a blackout-prone state and a flashy entrepreneur, Elon Musk, the founder of Tesla Motors, who pledged to complete its construction in 100 days or do it for free.
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Perry’s grid plan a ‘sledgehammer’ — PJM executive

Hannah Northey, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-12-01 06:49:55

An executive for PJM Interconnection LLC — which oversees the grid needs of all or part of 13 states and Washington, D.C. — said today Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s request for new policy to aid coal and nuclear appears to directly target his agency. Craig Glazer, PJM’s vice president, said Perry’s plan would directly hit grid operators in capacity markets with coal and nuclear, a description that fits PJM to a T. [ read more … ]

Google, Biggest Corporate Buyer of Clean Power, Is Buying More

By Brian Eckhouse, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2017-12-01 06:50:17

Google, the biggest corporate buyer of renewable energy, is buying even more — 536 megawatts of wind power from four different power plants. The Alphabet Inc. unit agreed to buy 196 megawatts of wind power from two Avangrid Inc. power plants under development in South Dakota, according to a statement Thursday. It also agreed to buy 200 megawatts of wind power from an EDF Renewable Energy project in Iowa, according to a separate statement Thursday. And it agreed to buy 140 megawatts of wind power from an Oklahoma wind project built by Enel SpA. Terms of the deals weren’t disclosed. [ read more … ]

Op-Ed: Congress abandons American workers

By John Purcell, Argus Leader  •    •  Posted 2017-12-01 06:50:31

The House’s recently passed tax reform bill could bring future stories like our Brandon facility to a screeching halt. It breaks a 2015 bipartisan deal to phase down the wind energy Production Tax Credit. The PTC is the tool Congress created to help wind developers access the private capital needed to build wind farms and that tool has worked. The certainty created by the PTC phase down spurred American businesses into action. Factory orders for new turbines rolled in, construction contracts to build new wind farms were signed and tens of thousands of new U.S. jobs were created. Companies made multi-billion investments, depending on Congress’s promise. [ read more … ]

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