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April 4, 2018

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Ex-Missouri Governor Urges Court to Allow Wind-Energy Line

By DAVID A. LIEB, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2018-04-04 06:39:38

Missouri’s former governor, now arguing as a private attorney, urged the state’s highest court on Tuesday to overturn a decision blocking a proposed 780-mile power line that would carry wind energy across the Midwest. Former Gov. Jay Nixon, who backed the project before his term ended in January 2017, led a team of lawyers arguing before the Missouri Supreme Court on behalf Clean Line Energy Partners. The Houston-based renewable energy firm wants to build a $2.3 billion transmission line from western Kansas across Missouri and Illinois to an Indiana power grid serving eastern states. [ read more … ]

White House considered firing Pruitt

By ELIANA JOHNSON, ALEX GUILLÉN and ANDREW RESTUCCIA, Politico  •    •  Posted 2018-04-04 06:39:57

White House chief of staff John Kelly has considered the firing of embattled Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt in the coming months as part of a wave of ousters of top officials causing headaches for the president, a senior administration official told POLITICO. Pruitt is still hanging on for now, in part because Kelly wanted to wait for an upcoming EPA inspector general’s report into his expensive travels, the senior official said. Another possible reason: Pruitt is doing the job President Donald Trump wants — including an announcement Monday that the agency will reverse the Obama administration’s attempt to tighten fuel efficiency standards for cars and trucks. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Group pursuing floating wind farm off California coast

By Nichola Groom, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2018-04-04 06:40:38

EDP Renewables and four other companies have joined with a Northern California power provider to develop the first U.S. offshore wind farm to boast advanced floating turbines, the group said in a statement on Tuesday. The Redwood Coast Energy Authority (RCEA), a local government authority that provides electricity to most of California’s Humboldt County, solicited bids for an offshore wind project earlier this year because it is seeking to generate more of its power needs locally. [ read more … ]

This is a ‘test case’ for whether Trump is really serious about saving coal and nuclear plants

By By Steven Mufson, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2018-04-04 06:40:21

A broad array of critics are urging the Trump administration to ignore pleas to use its emergency powers for a bailout of nuclear and coal plants owned by a unit of the politically well-connected FirstEnergy. FirstEnergy Solutions, a subsidiary of the FirstEnergy holding company, filed for bankruptcy last weekend and, warning of a “power crisis,” beseeched the Energy Department to invoke emergency powers to keep open four nuclear reactors and several coal plants in the name of grid reliability. [ read more … ]

Former FERC commissioners dispute Trump EPA claims

Sam Mintz, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-04-04 06:40:57

Three former members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission today challenged claims by U.S. EPA that the Clean Power Plan would interfere with FERC’s authority and would threaten electricity reliability and affordability. Jon Wellinghoff, John Norris and Norman Bay, all Democrats, submitted to EPA a formal comment on the agency’s proposed repeal of the Clean Power Plan, a landmark Obama-era policy to lower the carbon dioxide emissions of power generators. [ read more … ]

Battery breakthrough could be game changer

John Fialka, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-04-04 06:41:23

Scientists have developed a prototype battery for electric cars that promises to be cheaper and more powerful than the currently used lithium-ion batteries. The new devices result from an engineering breakthrough that allows magnesium metal to be used, which may also result in safer batteries that don’t overheat, the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colo., announced yesterday. The development is a potential game changer, allowing lighter and more efficient electric cars. [ read more … ]

Utilities take note: Hybrid renewables projects are coming

By Herman K. Trabish, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2018-04-04 06:41:55

An innovation in renewables generation that could change the way utilities think about meeting reliability and peak demand took some big steps forward in 2017. Only a few U.S. utilities are pursuing hybrid projects that combine wind, solar and/or battery storage in various combinations. Kauai Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC) is operating a solar-plus-storage project that may be the first U.S. renewables-powered peaker plant. And Arizona Public Service (APS) just contracted with First Solar for what is said to be the first utility-scale renewables peaker plant. [ read more … ]

AGs, mayors blast Pruitt’s rollback of standards

Maxine Joselow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-04-04 06:41:37

Attorneys general from 12 states and mayors from 45 cities issued a declaration this afternoon opposing the Trump administration’s decision to revise fuel economy standards. “As U.S. attorneys general, mayors and county executives, we — not federal officials in Washington, D.C. — are primarily responsible for the transportation systems upon which our residents and our local and regional economies depend,” they wrote. [ read more … ]

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