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December 19, 2017

House and Senate to vote on tax reform today, Senate likely to punt on extenders

Geof Koss, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-12-19 06:45:24

The House is expected to vote later today on the broader tax overhaul unveiled Friday. Cornyn said a Senate vote will follow later tonight but noted it “could creep over into Wednesday morning depending on how much time we have to burn.” [ read more … ]

Solar, Wind Face Stealth Tax Problems From Republican Compromise

By Ari Natter, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2017-12-19 06:45:52

A deal meant to preserve a key source of financing for wind and solar developers in the Republican tax bill contains some hidden pitfalls that could undercut its benefit. “If Congress thought they were eliminating the trouble for renewables, they were wrong,” Greg Jenner, a partner at law firm Stoel Rives LLP, said in an email Monday. “It’s a question of how bad it will be.” All of this means there is great uncertainty now in the future of this $12 billion tax-equity market. [ read more … ]

China Unveils an Ambitious Plan to Curb Climate Change Emissions

By KEITH BRADSHER and LISA FRIEDMAN, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2017-12-19 06:48:11

China is the world’s No. 1 polluter. It burns more coal than the rest of the world combined. It produces more than a quarter of the world’s human-caused global warming gases, nearly as much as North America and Europe put together. On Tuesday, China set out to claim another title that reflects its ambitions to change all that: keeper of the world’s largest financial market devoted to cleaning up the air. [ read more … ]

U.S. setting stage for solar trade war with China

By EMILY HOLDEN, Politico  •    •  Posted 2017-12-19 06:46:38

An unreleased White House document offers the strongest hint yet that the Trump administration is laying the groundwork for punitive tariffs on Chinese-made solar power equipment — a step that would promote the president’s “America First” trade agenda while sharply increasing the costs of solar power in the U.S. The prospect of such tariffs, which President Donald Trump could announce in January, has deeply alarmed the U.S. solar installation industry. It warns that it could lose tens of thousands of jobs if the cost of solar spikes, slowing the booming growth that sun-powered energy enjoyed during the Obama administration. [ read more … ]

EPA moves to replace Obama-era climate rule

Robin Bravender, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-12-19 06:47:12

U.S. EPA  is taking a first step toward potentially replacing the Obama administration’s signature climate rule. The agency released a notice asking the public for comment on what a replacement rule for Obama’s Clean Power Plan should look like. [ read more … ]

Trump drops climate warming as threat in security plan

Nick Sobczyk, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-12-19 06:47:31

President Trump unveil his first National Security Strategy in a speech yesterday, but don’t expect the changing climate to come up much in the seminal document. Climate change was a major feature of the periodical statement of policy during the Obama administration. But the Trump administration did not list the two-word term as a security threat in its first version of the NSS. [ read more … ]

White House huddles with industry on climate deal

Zack Colman, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-12-19 06:48:31

A White House official met with an industry group last week to discuss how to move forward on an international treaty to phase out greenhouse gas emissions from refrigerants, sources told E&E News. Representatives from the Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) met with White House energy aide George David Banks and John Thompson, a State Department official, regarding the Kigali Amendment, named for the Rwandan capital where it was finalized in 2016 with the support of the Obama administration. [ read more … ]

Solar power is forging ahead, even if Trump doesn’t talk about it

By By Dino Grandoni, Washington Port  •    •  Posted 2017-12-19 06:49:18

The launch of Switch Station 1 and Switch Station 2, which deliver electricity to massive data centers in Las Vegas and Reno, highlights the fact that solar power is still expanding in the United States even if President Trump rarely mentions it (despite his talk of a solar-powered border wall). The nation’s solar output rose 47 percent for the first three quarters of 2017, according the Energy Department — and the switch stations mark the first utility-scale energy facility built on BLM land through a streamlined process the Obama administration established in 2014. [ read more … ]

Potential wind farm draws a crowd in Haven, Kansas

By Michael Stavola, The Hutchinson News  •    •  Posted 2017-12-19 06:49:31

In all, NextEra Energy is proposing a 200- to 300-megawatt wind farm containing approximately 100 wind turbines. Project Director Sam Massey said the industry standard is about $4,500 a year per megawatt in payments to landowners. Landowners could also receive money for their land used to store or transmit energy from the turbines. [ read more … ]

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