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February 2, 2018

Agency spars with critics over leaked budget plan

Christa Marshall and Hannah Northey, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2018-02-02 06:33:57

The Energy Department is defending its record on clean energy research after a leaked budget document sparked Democratic backlash and congressional calls for an investigation. After declining to comment on the leaked text, a DOE spokeswoman said skeptics of the Trump administration’s dedication to an all-of-the-above approach should simply “look at the record.” [ read more … ]

Billions From Trump Tax Cuts Supercharge Fossil Fuel Industries

By Kevin Crowley, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2018-02-02 06:33:12

Oilmen, wildcatters and refiners are reaping billions in windfalls from President Donald Trump’s new tax code, helping boost the staying power of old-style energy even as the world searches for cleaner fuels. The cuts come at a time when crude prices have rallied 54 percent since late June, nudging over $65 a barrel. Together, they’re supercharging the oil industry in ways that could test the resolve of money managers who’ve vowed to divest from companies that have powered the world’s economic engines for more than two centuries. [ read more … ]

GOP tax cut could unlock billions for utility infrastructure

By DARIUS DIXON, Poltiico  •    •  Posted 2018-02-02 06:33:38

This largely unnoticed side effect of the new law, H.R. 1 (115), could free up many tens of billions of dollars that utilities have collected from customers for years — “deferred” money set aside to pay future years’ taxes for projects like transmission lines and power plants. Thanks to the bill’s massive reduction in corporate tax rates, much of that may now be able to go toward other investments, such as modernizing and strengthening the nation’s pipelines and electric grid. [ read more … ]

Proposal to remove wind power’s ‘renewable’ designation in Nebraska stirs up debate at Capitol

By Cole Epley World-Herald bureau  •    •  Posted 2018-02-02 06:34:41

The proposal, which is the Gordon senator’s priority piece of legislation, would change the state’s statutory definition of a privately developed renewable energy generation facility to specifically exclude wind energy developments. Projects like hydropower dams and solar energy projects would still count as renewable. It would also require the Nebraska Power Review Board to allow members of the public to comment at its hearings. The board exerts quasi-judicial authority over matters involving electric transmission and generation in the state. [ read more … ]

Trump, Obama State Of The Union Remarks On Energy Are Night And Day

By Betsy Lillian, North American Wind Power  •    •  Posted 2018-02-02 06:34:21

Besides his shout-out to coal, a discussion on energy and climate change – let alone wind power or any type of renewable energy – was non-existent in President Donald Trump’s State of the Union (SOTU) address this week. [ read more … ]

Trump says he’s best at killing rules. Is that true?

Zack Colman, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-02-02 06:35:02

The story of President Trump’s energy policy centers on removing regulations. He says he’s good at it — even the best. “We have eliminated more regulations in our first year than any administration in history,” Trump said in his first State of the Union address (Climatewire, Jan. 31). That’s not necessarily true. But in some ways, it’s not necessarily false. [ read more … ]

Op-Ed: Transmission planners need to account for corporate America’s growing demand for renewable energy

By John Kostyack and David Gardiner, The Hill  •    •  Posted 2018-02-02 06:35:21

Most experts agree that upgrading and expanding our nation’s transmission infrastructure is a critical part of any investment plan for America’s future. The American Society of Civil Engineers gives a D+ grade to our upkeep of our electricity system, noting that “without greater attention to aging equipment, capacity bottlenecks, and increased demand, as well as increasing storm and climate impacts, Americans will likely experience longer and more frequent power interruptions.” [ read more … ]

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