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December 13, 2017

Final bill likely quiet on energy controversies

Geof Koss, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-12-13 06:44:41

Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) said yesterday that disputed provisions in the House bill that target the renewable production and investment tax credits would likely be jettisoned over fears of losing the support of wind- and solar-friendly GOP senators. While the Senate’s tax bill was largely silent on energy matters, one vexing issue is the measure’s base erosion anti-abuse tax (BEAT) provision, which renewable sectors say would force foreign investors to pay a 100 percent tax on money spent in U.S. renewable projects. Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) said yesterday he’s still working with Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Dean Heller (R-Nev.) on a fix. [ read more … ]

Senate Democrats urge Republicans to fix ‘assault’ on wind and solar in tax bill

By Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner  •    •  Posted 2017-12-13 06:45:00

Senate Democrats on Tuesday urged Republicans to make changes to provisions of their legislation that would reduce investments in renewable energy sources, as the House and Senate reconcile their differences to complete final legislation. “This is a direct assault on job creation in sectors that are growing very rapidly,” said Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., in a press conference with fellow Democrats. “There is no assault on any oil gas or coal tax credit. This is a designed plan to harm the renewable energy and [electric vehicle] revolution.” [ read more … ]

DNR: Wind Helps Iowa Reduce GHG Emissions Statewide

By Betsy Lillian, North American Wind Power  •    •  Posted 2017-12-13 06:45:38

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is highlighting how greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions in Iowa dropped for the second year in a row, primarily from a decrease in power plant emissions. This includes notable increases and decreases in wind power and coal, respectively, the agency says. The DNR’s legislatively mandated, newly released “2016 Iowa Greenhouse Gas Inventory Report” shows GHG emissions statewide decreased 2% from 2015 levels and 9% from their peak in 2007. [ read more … ]

Officials dedicate 2 large solar electric generating plants

By The Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2017-12-13 06:46:09

Two large solar-powered generating plants built near Las Vegas to power the operations of commercial data company Switch in northern and southern Nevada were dedicated Monday by elected, company and business officials. The industrial-sized power plants at an industrial park in North Las Vegas are designed to generate the equivalent amount of electricity to meet the needs of 46,000 Nevada homes, according to a company statement. But the 179 megawatts output will be used by Switch plants in Reno and Las Vegas. [ read more … ]

Global warming will weaken wind power, study predicts

By Damian Carrington, The Guardian  •    •  Posted 2017-12-13 06:46:25

Wind farms are key to tackling climate change but warming will significantly cut the power of the wind across northern mid-latitudes, including the US, the UK and the Mediterranean, according to new research. However, some places, including eastern Australia, will see winds pick up. The research is the first global study to project the impact of temperature rises on wind energy and found big changes by the end of the century in many of the places hosting large numbers of turbines. [ read more … ]

California Energy Storage Companies Wade Into Japan Market

By Mark Chediak, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2017-12-13 06:46:49

Two California energy storage providers say they are deploying networks of systems in Japan to help the country use more renewable energy. Stem Inc., a California firm that provides energy storage solutions, said it’s deploying a network of systems with Mitsui & Co. Ltd., marking its first foray into Asian markets. The companies, which gained an endorsement from Japan’s Ministry of Energy, Trade and Infrastructure, will install a “virtual power plant” made up initially of aggregated storage systems that will supply 750 kilowatt-hours of capacity to the grid. [ read more … ]

U.S. transit agencies cautious on electric buses despite bold forecasts

By Nichola Groom, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2017-12-13 06:47:08

Communities across the United States are looking to replace their dirty diesel buses, ushering in what some analysts predict will be a boom in electric fleets. But transit agencies doing the buying are moving cautiously, an analysis by Reuters shows. Out of more than 65,000 public buses plying U.S. roads today, just 300 are electric. Among the challenges: EVs are expensive, have limited range and are unproven on a mass scale. [ read more … ]

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