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April 18, 2018

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FERC chair takes up coal lobby line on plant retirements

By Gavin Bade, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2018-04-18 06:38:13

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission could take action to keep uneconomic power plants online if it perceives an entire category of generation resources, such as coal and nuclear, could permanently retire, the agency’s chairman told Congress on Tuesday. FERC Chairman Kevin McIntyre said the agency is committed to an “all-of-the-above” energy strategy, and the prospect of a category of resources retiring would be “harmful to American interests.” Concern for whole-category retirement is common among coal and nuclear lobbies, but not reflected in reliability assessments from regional grid operators. [ read more … ]

Wind industry blows past records, but trouble looms

Christa Marshall, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-04-18 06:40:19

The U.S. wind industry surged to multiple records last year, despite efforts to slash development funding and federal incentives, according to a report today from the American Wind Energy Association. The trade group said in its annual market study that wind generated a record 6.3 percent of U.S. electricity last year and employed a record 105,000 people across all 50 states. That’s a doubling of jobs from 2013. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

U.S. to spend $105.5 mln to advance solar technologies

By Nichola Groom, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2018-04-18 06:40:42

The U.S. Department of Energy will spend $105.5 million to fund 70 projects aimed at advancing solar energy technologies and smoothing their integration into the electricity grid, it said on Tuesday. The funding will be split among four areas of research: photovoltaics, concentrating solar, workforce development and grid integration, DOE said in a statement. Technologies that focus on integrating solar onto the grid, like power electronics, energy storage and sensors, will receive the largest share of the funding at $46 million. [ read more … ]

U.S. Wind Power Slows Thanks to Tax Policy Meant to Boost It

By Jim Efstathiou, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2018-04-18 06:39:39

U.S. wind-power installations dipped for the second consecutive year in 2017, thanks to tax policies aimed at boosting the use of clean energy. Got that? Congress extended in late 2015 a key tax credit for wind. The new timeline let developers qualify for the full benefit with projects that begin construction by the end of 2016; the prior rule had applied to wind farms that began work by the end of 2014. [ read more … ]

Wind powers forward to reach 30 percent in four states

By AWEA  •    •  Posted 2018-04-18 06:41:00

Wind power, the largest source of U.S. renewable electricity generating capacity, now supplies more than 30 percent of the electricity in four states, Iowa, Kansas, Oklahoma, and South Dakota, after strong growth in 2017. Industry leaders released the news from the state capitol in New Mexico, a rising star for wind power. New Mexico added wind power capacity at a faster rate than any other state last year.
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Bipartisan state leaders want CPP to remain

Arianna Skibell, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-04-18 06:41:24

A bipartisan group of agency officials from 13 states today urged EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to leave the Clean Power Plan intact. In joint comments submitted to EPA, state officials from various energy and environmental agencies blasted Pruitt for attempting to repeal President Obama’s signature climate rule. [ read more … ]

Climate change adversely affecting Virginians’ health, study says

By Patricia Sullivan, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2018-04-18 06:41:43

The klaxon sound of a government alert went off on cellphones all over Northern Virginia at 3:35 a.m. Monday; the National Weather Service had issued a flash-flood warning for the region. Hours later, the state climatologist fielded phone calls about tornado watches and warnings in the central part of the state. Such warnings may become more frequent in the future, and they may have major implications for human health, according to a new study by the Natural Resources Defense Council, a 48-year-old environmental organization. [ read more … ]

Tesla to Halt Production of Model 3 Cars Temporarily

By NEAL E. BOUDETTE, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2018-04-18 06:41:58

Tesla plans to halt production of its Model 3 compact car on Tuesday in a bid to work out kinks that have slowed assembly of the car, a critical vehicle in the company’s business plan. It expects to idle its Model 3 assembly line for several days to clear impediments that have held production well below the electric-car company’s targets. [ read more … ]

Pence aide picked for energy post

Zack Colman, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-04-18 06:42:11

The White House has tapped an aide to Vice President Mike Pence to fill its newly vacated energy slot. Francis Brooke will replace Mike Catanzaro, who stepped down from the National Economic Council today, a White House official confirmed. Currently Pence’s associate director of policy, Brooke will start in the energy post April 30. [ read more … ]

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