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March 26, 2018

Top Stories

U.S. withdraws from wind energy power line project

By Nichola Groom, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2018-03-26 04:43:20

The U.S. Department of Energy on Friday withdrew from a 2016 agreement to partner with a private developer on a more than 700-mile transmission line that would have delivered wind power from blustery Oklahoma to Tennessee and beyond. The termination of the deal between DOE and Houston-based Clean Line Energy Partners was mutual, both parties said in written statements.
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Greenhouse Gas Emissions Rose Last Year. Here Are the Top 5 Reasons.

By Brad Plumer, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2018-03-26 04:43:33

Renewable energy is growing fast, but not fast enough. Wind, solar and hydropower were the fastest-growing energy source worldwide in 2017. And the prices for renewable technologies keep falling. Last year’s “unprecedented” growth in renewables satisfied only about one-quarter of the increase in global energy demand as the world’s economy boomed. Fossil fuels supplied the rest. “The overall share of fossil fuels in global energy demand in 2017 remained at 81 percent,” the agency’s report said, “a level that has remained stable for more than three decades despite strong growth in renewables.” [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

DOE Drops Its Deal With Clean Line; Wind Project Won’t Cross Arkansas

By Kyle Massey, Arkansas Business Journal  •    •  Posted 2018-03-26 04:44:11

Two months after planners gave up hopes of crossing Arkansas with a $2.5 billion wind-energy transmission line as doomed, the U.S. Department of Energy hammered a nail in the project’s coffin Friday by ending its participation in the Plains & Eastern Clean Line. The Energy Department made the announcement in Washington, reversing an Obama-era decision to back the project, which would have built a massive 700-mile power line from the wind farms of the Oklahoma to a terminal north of Memphis. [ read more … ]

US Fossil Fuel Electricity Generation Declined As Renewables Increased In 2017

By Joshua S Hill, Clean Technica  •    •  Posted 2018-03-26 04:44:34

The US Energy Information Administration this week published its official figures for electricity generation in 2017 and it confirms what most expected, that electricity generation from fossil fuels declined in 2017 at the same time that generation from renewables increased. [ read more … ]

Microsoft inks largest corporate solar PPA for 315 MW project in Virginia

By Peter Maloney, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2018-03-26 04:44:54

Last week, Microsoft said it plans to purchase 315 MW of energy from two solar projects in Virginia, claiming it is the corporate purchase of solar energy thus far.  The Pleinmont I and Pleinmont II projects are part of a larger 500 MW solar development owned and operated by sPower, which is jointly owned by AES Corp. and Alberta Investment Management Corp. [ read more … ]

Energy winners and losers in spending bill

George Cahlink, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-03-26 04:45:11

At about 4 inches thick and comprising more than 2,200 pages, the $1.3 trillion fiscal 2018 omnibus passed yesterday in the House and shortly after midnight in the Senate in a series of carefully crafted political trade-offs aimed at winning bipartisan support. Here’s at look at the energy and environment winners and losers in the spending accord. [ read more … ]

Electric cars may be cheaper than gas guzzlers in 7 years

By Jeremy Hodges, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2018-03-26 04:45:30

Electric cars may be cheaper than their petroleum counterparts by 2025 if the cost of lithium-ion batteries continues to fall. Some models will cost the same as combustion engines as soon as 2024 and become cheaper the following year, according to a report by Bloomberg New Energy Finance. For that to happen, battery pack prices need to fall even as demand for the metals that go into the units continues to rise, the London-based researcher said on Thursday. [ read more … ]

Bolton sees global climate pacts as ‘dangerous’

Zack Colman, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-03-26 04:45:42

President Trump’s new national security adviser called the decision to exit the Paris climate accord “excellent” because the global agreement presented “danger in the longer term.” John Bolton’s ascension in the West Wing dims the prospect of re-engaging in the landmark climate deal. He has long been critical of international agreements, which he believes constrain national sovereignty. He made that case forcefully as former President George W. Bush’s U.N. ambassador. [ read more … ]

 

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