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April 19, 2018

Top Stories

‘Constant’ cyberattacks have FERC’s full attention

Rod Kuckro, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-04-19 06:38:22

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has stepped up its attention to “constant” attacks on the nation’s energy infrastructure, Chairman Kevin McIntyre said yesterday at a wide-ranging hearing before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy. “The issue that you raised here — we would be hard-pressed to identify one of greater concern to us as an energy industry, as regulators of that industry,” McIntyre said in response to questioning from panel Chairman Fred Upton [ read more … ]

Trump lawyers push back on Canadian firms’ tariff challenge

Ellen M. Gilmer, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-04-19 06:37:58

The Trump administration is asking a federal court to toss Canadian solar companies’ challenge to tariffs the president recently levied on imported solar cells and modules. In a filing to the U.S. Court of International Trade this week, government lawyers argued that the Canadian companies have no ground to bring their lawsuit because President Trump’s decision to implement the trade restrictions is not reviewable. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Grid operators grapple with resilience issue

Edward Klump, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-04-19 06:38:41

Four U.S. electric grid CEOs were on one panel yesterday. There’s only one place the discussion could start: resilience. “Resilience is going to be sort of an aspiration, not a destination, because I don’t know that we’re ever going to say, ‘We’re there, we’re done,” said John Bear, CEO of the Midcontinent Independent System. [ read more … ]

FERC to re-examine its legal policies — sources

Hannah Northey and Peter Behr, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2018-04-19 06:39:13

A well-known energy lawyer working as a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission adviser is expected to take on a larger role reviewing FERC’s legal policies, according to multiple sources. John Shepherd — formerly with the law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP — is now an adviser in FERC’s Office of the General Counsel, the agency confirmed yesterday. He reports to General Counsel James Danly, who also worked at Skadden. [ read more … ]

Chatterjee: I believe in climate change

By Kelsey Tamborrino, Politico  •    •  Posted 2018-04-19 06:38:54

Appearing at an event on the future of renewable energy, FERC Commissioner Neil Chatterjee on Tuesday made clear he was a Republican Trump appointee, who previously worked for McConnell, but that he still believes in man-made climate change and the need to combat it. “I believe in climate change,” Chatterjee said “… [and] I am very concerned about the loss of our nuclear fleet.” [ read more … ]

Why Berkshire Hathaway’s utility is aiming for 100 percent renewable energy

By Cassandra Sweet, Greenbiz  •    •  Posted 2018-04-19 06:39:37

Falling prices for solar and wind power, and support from customers, is helping the Iowa utility owned by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway gain on its goal of generating 100 percent renewable energy for its customers, a company executive said. “We don’t have a single customer saying, ‘Will you build us a 100 percent coal plant?'” Weisgall said, speaking Thursday at the Pathways to 100% Renewable Energy conference in Berkeley, California. “Google, Microsoft, Kaiser Permanente — all want 100 percent renewable energy. We’re really transitioning from a push mandate on renewable energy, to more of a customer pull.” [ read more … ]

US Wind Energy Now Supplies More Than 30% In Four States

By Joshua S Hill, Clean Technica  •    •  Posted 2018-04-19 06:39:55

Wind energy is one of the fastest growing forms of electricity generation in the United States, with the largest share renewable electricity generating capacity in the country, and according to new information from the American Wind Energy Association, wind energy now supplies more than 30% of the electricity in four states — Iowa, Kansas, Oklahoma, and South Dakota. [ read more … ]

BLM gives final green light to major Western power line

Kellie Lunney, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-04-19 06:40:34

The Bureau of Land Management has approved the final routes for a 1,000-mile power line that connects Western states. The agency announced that segments of the Gateway West Transmission Line Project on public lands in southwestern Idaho received the green light, hooking up to already authorized routes in southern Wyoming and eastern Idaho. [ read more … ]

SunPower to buy SolarWorld

By Christa Marshall, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-04-19 06:40:13

SunPower Corp. announced plans to buy SolarWorld Americas in an effort to get around President Trump’s solar tariffs. The agreement, if approved by regulators, could make California-based SunPower the largest U.S. manufacturer of solar panels. [ read more … ]

BLM gives final green light to major Western power line

  •    •  Posted 2018-04-19 06:40:34

The Bureau of Land Management has approved the final routes for a 1,000-mile power line that connects Western states. The agency announced that segments of the Gateway West Transmission Line Project on public lands in southwestern Idaho received the green light, hooking up to already authorized routes in southern Wyoming and eastern Idaho. [ read more … ]

White House investigating Pruitt spending

Hannah Northey, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-04-19 06:40:49

The White House revealed yesterday it’s investigating EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s $43,000 privacy booth, even as the agency pushed back on what it called “inaccurate” stories. White House budget director Mick Mulvaney told the House Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee today he is probing whether the EPA chief violated the 2017 omnibus spending bill, as well as a separate whistleblower complaint on spending at the Department of Housing and Urban Development. [ read more … ]

Jerry Brown says Pruitt ‘met his match’

Benjamin Storrow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-04-19 06:41:03

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) lambasted the Trump administration during a visit to Washington, D.C., suggesting he would defy EPA if it tries to roll back California’s stringent greenhouse gas standards for cars. Brown’s remarks, delivered at the National Press Club, represented an escalation in the growing war of words between California and EPA over the Golden State’s vehicle emission standards. EPA is considering scrapping a compromise struck between California and the Obama administration that required automakers to bolster fuel efficiency standards. [ read more … ]

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