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April 5, 2018

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Planned FirstEnergy closures ‘devastating’ for clean energy

Sam Mintz, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-04-05 06:44:49

A week after FirstEnergy Corp. announced it is planning early retirements for three nuclear plants in Ohio and Pennsylvania, most of the ensuing conversation has centered on economics and electric grid resilience. But the move also has the potential to be a massive blow for clean energy efforts in the region and the fight against climate change. [ read more … ]

Killing Calif. waiver could spark fight on climate science

Camille von Kaenel, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-04-05 06:45:12

The Trump administration’s decision to relax federal limits on car pollution could lead to a rare courtroom debate on climate science as part of a major legal fight with California. The Clean Air Act allows California to exceed national standards for cars because of its “extraordinary” air quality problems. Smog once plagued its cities. Now, droughts and wildfires do. For the last 10 years, the state has relied on its special Clean Air Act waiver to reduce greenhouse gases from cars as a linchpin in its efforts to tackle climate change. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Home Solar Dims as Tesla, Others, Curb Aggressive Sales

By Russell Gold, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2018-04-05 06:46:15

The number of U.S. homeowners putting solar panels on their roofs declined last year after leading installers including Tesla Inc. abandoned aggressive sales practices that had helped drive breakneck growth. Residential solar had been on a tear, averaging 48.6% annual growth between 2010 and 2016, but the number of megawatts added last year dropped by 15.6% compared to the year before, according to new data from GTM Research, a firm that tracks renewable energy. It was the first annual decline since at least 2000, as far back as GTM keeps figures. [ read more … ]

New Jersey Governor: Danish off-shore wind firm coming to Atlantic City

By Mike Catalini, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2018-04-05 06:45:35

A Danish off-shore wind company that has proposed projects in Massachusetts and Virginia will be opening an office in Atlantic City with the goal of supplying enough energy for 1.5 million homes, Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy said Wednesday. Murphy, who spoke at the International Offshore Wind Partnering Forum in Princeton, said Orsted is opening in the gambling resort as part of the firm’s proposed Ocean Wind project. [ read more … ]

Eversource, Deepwater Wind proposes offshore wind farm projects for Connecticut

By Robert Walton, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2018-04-05 06:46:48

Eversource Energy and Danish wind giant Orsted have proposed building a 200 MW offshore wind project off the coast of Connecticut, dubbed Constitution Wind. The companies proposed Constitution Wind through their Bay State Wind joint venture, which also has a project competing in Massachusetts’ solicitation for 400 MW of offshore wind. Deepwater Wind also proposed to supply the state with 200 MW of offshore wind from a 400 MW project dubbed Revolution Wind, which is being built in a site between Montauk and Martha’s Vineyard. [ read more … ]

German to develop of Massachusetts offshore wind facility

By Renewable Energy Hews  •    •  Posted 2018-04-05 06:46:00

German company EEW has signed a deal with Bay State Wind partners Orsted and Eversource to establish a facility in Massachusetts for the manufacture of offshore wind components. The Rostock yard will partner with Louisiana company Gulf Island Fabrication, which has played a key role in the early development of the sector, to create 500 jobs. [ read more … ]

Wind farm surge drawing vocal opposition in South Dakota

By Bart Pfankuch, Argus Leader  •    •  Posted 2018-04-05 06:46:33

After years of lagging behind neighboring states, South Dakota is suddenly poised for dramatic growth in wind energy production.

That means hundreds more wind towers are headed to South Dakota in a frantic pace that could triple the size of the wind industry in the state over the next five years. The wind farm explosion, akin to a “gold rush,” according to one state official, is being fueled by state tax breaks and a rush by energy companies to take advantage of a lucrative federal wind energy tax credit being phased out soon. [ read more … ]

Maine House Votes No On LePage’s Proposed Changes to Wind Energy Permits

By Fred Bever, Maine Public Radio  •    •  Posted 2018-04-05 06:47:44

State lawmakers are giving an initial thumbs down to Gov. Paul LePage’s proposal to raise the bar for new wind energy projects in Maine. The governor wants to limit streamlined permit reviews to wind projects only in eastern Aroostook County. And he wants to expand reviews of their visual impacts to anywhere within 70 miles of significant scenic resources. [ read more … ]

Ex-governor makes another plea for $2.3B Clean Line project

Jeffrey Tomich, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-04-05 06:47:59

For the second time this year, former Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon pleaded to a panel of judges that the Public Service Commission wrongly denied Clean Line Energy Partners’ application to build a $2.3 billion high-voltage transmission line across the state. This time Nixon appeared before Missouri’s Supreme Court, which will decide an issue that has divided the state’s appellate courts and so far blocked Clean Line’s 780-mile wind energy superhighway [ read more … ]

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