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May 4, 2018

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Grid stability isn’t about saving coal — analysis

Peter Behr, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-05-04 06:30:37

“The grid was designed and built to withstand the weather conditions from Ozzie and Harriet, but new extreme weather and climate conditions are more like Mad Max,” said one of the grid experts who say that subsidizing coal and nuclear generation, as Energy Secretary Rick Perry proposed, misses other important threats and ignores more affordable and effective defenses. Alison Silverstein, a Texas-based consultant, and Rob Gramlich and Michael Goggin, former top staff at the American Wind Energy Association, prepared an analysis for the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Environmental Defense Fund. The report is meant to expand a debate around how to ensure the power grid is reliable overall and resilient when pipes freeze or a hurricane strikes. [ read more … ]

FERC’s Powelson cautions on use of 1950 law to help coal

Rod Kuckro, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-05-04 06:31:31

A top federal energy regulator is warning against the use of a 1950 wartime law as a way to subsidize the continued operation of coal and nuclear plants that are unable to make money in today’s electricity markets. Robert Powelson, a member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, said yesterday that invoking the Defense Production Act “would lead to the unwinding of competitive markets in this country.” [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Iowa town vote on forming muni from Alliant too close to call

By Robert Walton, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2018-05-04 06:32:05

An Iowa town held a vote Tuesday on whether or not to pursue municipalization, but the results are too close to call as just four ballots separate the two sides. There are still 15 absentee ballots outstanding. Supporters of the effort, dubbed Decorah Power, want to develop more renewable energy in the town — an issue where many feel Alliant Energy has not stepped up. [ read more … ]

Massive new wind farm coming to Iowa’s Adair County

By Max Diekneite, KCCI  •    •  Posted 2018-05-04 06:32:44

In a huge move, MidAmerican Energy has announced plans to build two new wind farms in Adair County by the end of the year.County residents can expect to see at least 275 new wind turbines. The company says it will bring new jobs, new money and renewable energy to central Iowa. [ read more … ]

Powerful Investors Push Big Companies to Plan for Climate Change

By David S. Rauf, Scientific American  •    •  Posted 2018-05-04 06:33:18

Fortune 500 corporations like Chevron and Kinder Morgan are facing renewed pressure from climate-focused activist investors. This year some of the most powerful shareholders, which include giant mutual funds, are supporting the push for businesses to respond to climate change. And the prodding has had more effect than ever before.
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Climate change may hurt U.S.’s long-term growth — Fed study

By Michael S. Derby, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2018-05-04 06:33:41

Global warming could reduce U.S. gross domestic product by as much as one-third over the next century, new research from federal banking regulators suggests. The study, published by the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, looked at how regional economies behave during seasonal changes. Researchers found that during summers that are hotter than normal, economies slow down. They pick up again once lower temperatures arrive in the fall. [ read more … ]

Trump to Meet With Automakers as California Schism Grows

By Ryan Beene , Jennifer Jacobs , and John Lippert, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2018-05-04 06:33:59

Top automakers will meet with President Donald Trump at the White House in coming days amid growing concerns over the president’s policies on trade and a looming schism with California over environmental regulations. The date hasn’t been set though plans are underway, two White House officials said. The officials asked not to be identified discussing the plans [ read more … ]

Pruitt aides are getting out

Robin Bravender and Kevin Bogardus, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2018-05-04 06:34:18

Some of Administrator Scott Pruitt’s closest aides are leaving EPA, underscoring the turmoil engulfing the agency’s political ranks. Liz Bowman today announced she’s stepping down as communications director. The administrator’s longtime friend and adviser, Albert “Kell” Kelly, has also resigned, and Pruitt’s head of his personal security detail, Pasquale “Nino” Perrotta, is out. Pruitt’s policy chief, Samantha Dravis, left EPA last month. [ read more … ]

Musk spars with analysts, blasts ‘bonehead questions’

Maxine Joselow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-05-04 06:34:31

Tesla Inc.’s quarterly earnings call turned into a testy exchange between Elon Musk and Wall Street analysts. Heading into the call, things were not looking up for Tesla. [ read more … ]

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