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March 12, 2018

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Study indicates that climate change will wreak havoc on California agriculture

By Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times  •    •  Posted 2018-03-12 06:35:11

The California we know is the breadbasket of the nation, producing more than two-thirds of the country’s fruits and nuts, including almonds, pistachios, oranges, apricots, nectarines and prunes, and more than a third of its vegetables, including artichokes, broccoli, spinach and carrots. It’s all valued at more than $50 billion a year. That’s the assessment of a recent paper by a University of California team led by Tapan Pathak of UC Merced. But the researchers focused on a different aspect of California agriculture: You can kiss much of it goodbye because of climate change. [ read more … ]

US Wind Industry Frets as Major Transmission Lines Stall

By Emma Foehringer Merchant, Greentech Media  •    •  Posted 2018-03-12 06:35:28

It’s an important victory for wind developers and transmission advocates who say the blooming industry in America’s “wind belt” can’t reach its full potential if transmission infrastructure doesn’t rise up to meet it. “This is an argument as old as wind itself,” said Anthony Logan, a North American wind market analyst at MAKE Consulting. “When you have such a fragmented grid, how do you get everyone on the same page to make wind, which thrives as a multi-state coordinated resource? How do you make that happen?” [ read more … ]

The E.P.A Chief Wanted a Climate Science Debate. Trump’s Chief of Staff Stopped Him.

By LISA FRIEDMAN and JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS. New York Times  •    •  Posted 2018-03-12 06:35:46

John F. Kelly, the White House chief of staff, has killed an effort by the head of the Environmental Protection Agency to stage public debates challenging climate change science, according to three people familiar with the deliberations, thwarting a plan that had intrigued President Trump even as it set off alarm bells among his top advisers. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

New York announces $1.4B renewables funding as largest single state commitment

By Robert Walton, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2018-03-12 06:33:36

New York. Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) on Friday announced $1.4 billion in funding for 26 renewable energy projects, calling it the single-largest commitment to renewable energy by a state. The projects include 22 utility-scale solar farms, three wind farms and a single hydroelectric project. The largest project will be Invenergy’s 340 MW wind farm in Western New York. All told the projects will add almost 1,400 MW. [ read more … ]

Colorado lawmakers send storage bill to Hickenlooper’s desk

By Robert Walton, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2018-03-12 06:34:15

The Colorado House voted 45-18 this week in favor of legislation supporting the expansion of battery resources. SB 9 would declare that power customers have a right to install, interconnect and use energy storage systems, directing regulators to adopt rules governing the resource. Following the Senate’s 30-5 approval in February, the law now goes to Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) for a decision. [ read more … ]

This Utility Wants Excess Texas Wind to Power Electric Cars

By Mark Chediak and Ryan Collins, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2018-03-12 06:36:35

Sempra Energy Chief Executive Officer Debra Reed sees a big future for electric cars and batteries in Texas now that her company has completed its $9.45 billion purchase of the state’s biggest utility Oncor Electric Delivery. “We’re kind of the leaders in electric vehicles,” Reed said in a phone interview Friday. “With the excess wind that’s being produced in Texas during certain hours of the day, there may be some good opportunities for electric vehicles to be used in Texas to consume some of that.” [ read more … ]

The road to grid resilience

By Kelsey Tamborrino, Politico  •    •  Posted 2018-03-12 06:36:00

 When Energy Secretary Rick Perry proposed a FERC rule that would subsidize nuclear and coal power plants, he said he wanted a conversation about grid resilience. Well, he doesn’t have his subsidy, but he’s got a conversation: The nation’s grid operators will deliver their answers to FERC’s 24 questions about resiliency last week, a month ahead of the deadline for everyone else. [ read more … ]

PJM pushes plant payment reforms as RTOs file resilience comments at FERC

By Gavin Bade, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2018-03-12 06:36:20

The nation’s regional grid operators filed initial comments at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Friday detailing efforts to enhance the resilience of the bulk power system.
Comments from the PJM Interconnection stood apart from other filings by asking FERC to direct operators to update market compensation for power plants to reflect resilience attributes. The request comes amid concerns in the sector that PJM’s resilience filing and ongoing price reforms could amount to low-profile bailouts for plants targeted by a Department of Energy subsidy proposal rejected by FERC in January. [ read more … ]

Researchers say even without Clean Power Plan, U.S. can meet its goals

By Mark Brush, NPR  •    •  Posted 2018-03-12 06:37:00

Last year, the Trump administration announced it would withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement, and repeal the Clean Power Plan, or CPP. That’s the Obama-era policy to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from electric power generation by 32% by 2030, below 2005 levels. But in a new study, a group of researchers found that the U.S. can meet its commitment to the international climate agreement without the Clean Power Plan. [ read more … ]

West Wing disorder leaves energy officials feeling jittery

Zack Colman and Robin Bravender, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2018-03-12 06:37:16

Companies are “very worried about it because you start to run out of people that you trust to know what they’re doing, to actually be there anymore to answer the phone,” said an executive in the refining industry. “The higher up you go, is this guy as the president increasingly isolated and on his own? … Who’s got his ear at this point?” [ read more … ]

Note: News clips provided do not necessarily reflect the views of coalition or its member governors.