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February 23, 2018

Morocco turns the Sahara desert into a solar energy oasis

By Monica Villamizar, PBS News Hour  •    •  Posted 2018-02-23 06:10:35

Morocco says it wants to be the Saudi Arabia of solar energy. Its flagship project is a first-of-its-kind, $9-billion energy plant called Noor, meaning “light” in Arabic, and the size of the city of Paris. Special correspondent Monica Villamizar reports from the city of Ouarzazate. [ read more … ]

Appointee who led divisive DOE-FERC grid study to exit

Hannah Northey, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-02-23 06:12:05

Travis Fisher, a Trump political appointee at the center of a contentious Department of Energy study on coal and nuclear plant closures, is leaving DOE. His departure comes a year after Energy Secretary Rick Perry picked him to lead a DOE-wide study on the role of environmental policies in recent power plant closures, an administration official said. Axios first reported the move. Fisher’s destination is unknown. [ read more … ]

Countries made only modest climate-change promises in Paris. They’re falling short anyway.

By Brady Dennis and Chris Mooney, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2018-02-23 06:12:55

The world is off target. “It’s not fast enough. It’s not big enough,” said Corinne Le Quéré, director of the Tyndall Center for Climate Change Research in England. “There’s not enough action.” Even as renewable energy grows cheaper and automakers churn out battery-powered and more efficient cars, many nations around the world are nonetheless struggling to hit the relatively modest goals set in Paris. [ read more … ]

Corporate Climate

By Kelsey Tamborrino, Politico  •    •  Posted 2018-02-23 06:13:09

President Donald Trump’s decision to pull the U.S. out of the Paris climate agreement and unwind the Obama administration’s carbon regulations on power plants has set off a movement by cities, states and corporations to take up the challenge of fighting greenhouse gas pollution. But a new report out today shows most of the biggest U.S. energy companies aren’t on board with that effort. [ read more … ]

Midwest utilities quiet as EPA continues push to repeal Clean Power Plan

Jeffrey Tomich, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-02-23 06:13:40

“Missouri believes the Clean Power Plan as it was originally promulgated was intended for one purpose and one purpose only — to shut down the nation’s coal-fired power plants,” said Carol Comer, director of the state’s Department of Natural Resources. [ read more … ]

More Energy Giants Moving Toward A Renewable Energy Future

By Peter Kelly-Detwiler, Forbes  •    •  Posted 2018-02-23 06:13:58

Large energy companies appear to finally be reading the writing on the wall: that the traditional electricity generation strategy of burning fuels (or creating fission) and boiling water is giving way to the sustainable and cost-effective harvesting of photons and Aeolian currents. In other words: Renewables (and storage) are where the future growth opportunities lie. [ read more … ]

PacifiCorp launches wind expansion plans with four Wyoming projects

By Robert Walton, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2018-02-23 06:14:18

PacifiCorp, a Berkshire Hathaway Energy company, has selected four new wind projects totaling 1.3 GW as part of its Energy Vision 2020 initiative to significantly expand the company’s clean energy resources. All four projects are located in Wyoming with construction slated for next year. The wind farms are expected online in 2020 and come with a pricetag of $1.5 billion, nearly half of its original estimate of $3 billion. [ read more … ]

FERC rule could spur 50K MW of energy storage — study

Sam Mintz, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-02-23 06:14:40

A consulting firm released a study yesterday predicting a new federal rule could spur development of about 50,000 megawatts of energy storage. At issue is the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Order 841, which aims to remove barriers to energy storage technology in electricity markets [ read more … ]

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