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May 11, 2018

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Experts urge lawmakers to focus on transmission

Sam Mintz, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-05-11 06:27:49

Much of the conversation in the energy policy world of late has circled around sources of generation, with the Department of Energy seeking ways to stop coal and nuclear plants from closing. But expanding and upgrading transmission, which has largely been discussed only on the fringe of that conversation, has a huge contribution to make toward grid resilience and keeping electric rates down, the witnesses said. Rob Gramlich, founder of Grid Strategies LLC, went as far as to say that he sees a leadership gap at DOE and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commissio [ read more … ]

California regulators approve mandate for solar panels on new houses

By Andrew Khouri, Los Angeles Times  •    •  Posted 2018-05-11 06:29:00

California regulators on Wednesday mandated that all newly built single family houses have solar panels, part of the state’s aggressive push to combat climate change. The California Energy Commission voted 5-0 to approve the measure, which also applies to multifamily buildings of three stories or fewer. The mandate is set to take effect in 2020 and does not need the approval of the Legislature. [ read more … ]

Calif. enacts toughest building standards in nation

Debra Kahn, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-05-11 06:28:14

California officials adopted building efficiency standards yesterday that will steer builders toward installing solar panels on all new homes. The California Energy Commission’s standards cover all building projects, from home remodels to retail and office buildings. New homes would have to include enough solar panels to offset their electricity use or else compensate by using extra-efficient materials. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Major American companies seek electricity grid enhancements

By Michelle Froese, Windpower  •    •  Posted 2018-05-11 06:29:53

Major American companies, including Cargill, General Mills, Procter & Gamble, Nestlé, and Unilever have sent a letter to the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) asking for continued acceleration and enhancement of the regional and interregional transmission line planning processes to assist in making the U.S. electricity grid more resilient and reliable. [ read more … ]

Senators want utility-scale solar exempted from tariffs

Geof Koss, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-05-11 06:30:43

A group of Republican senators are calling on the Trump administration to exclude utility-scale solar panels from tariffs imposed earlier this year. In a letter to top administration officials to be released later today, Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) and seven other Republicans call for 72-cell, 1,500-volt utility-scale panels to be spared from the tariffs.
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Onshore NIMBYism Ensures Offshore Wind

By Jeff McMahon, Forbes  •    •  Posted 2018-05-11 06:31:19

Both New Hampshire and now Maine have opposed transmission lines in their back yards that would bring Canadian hydroelectric power to Massachusetts, so New Englanders may have to look offshore. And that could be a primary motivation for offshore wind development in the United States. [ read more … ]

Wind power blows into the US Southeast

By Karl-Erik Stromsta, RechargeNews  •    •  Posted 2018-05-11 06:31:41

The US wind market is thriving from coast to coast with one striking exception. The Southeast — a vast and varied region that includes coastal Atlantic states such as the Carolinas and Florida; Appalachian states like Kentucky and Tennessee; and the Deep South along the Gulf Coast — has less than 250MW of wind capacity in place, nearly all of it at Avangrid’s project. [ read more … ]

Smarter Wind Turbines Try to Squeeze More Power on Each Rotation

By Jim  Efstathiou Jr, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2018-05-11 06:32:58

Makers of giant wind turbines are hoping that artificial intelligence can bring back some of the industry’s mojo. While developers have spent $1.1 trillion on new wind farms over the past dozen years — helping transform the global energy landscape with renewable power — more money is going into new solar systems these days. Also, governments are phasing out subsidies, including programs in the U.S. that have offered $22 billion in tax breaks to turbine projects in the past 15 years. [ read more … ]

It’s Not Just Hybrids: Pickup Trucks and Sedans Have Gotten More Efficient, Too

By BRAD PLUMER and NADJA POPOVICH, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2018-05-11 06:33:20

Automakers have steadily improved the fuel economy of new cars, S.U.V.s and pickup trucks, pushed by federal regulations. While some companies have introduced hybrid and electric cars, most of the recent gains have come from improving traditional gasoline-powered vehicles. [ read more … ]

Democrat calls Pruitt move on Clean Air Act reviews ‘illegal’

Sean Reilly, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-05-11 06:33:38

Initial congressional reaction to a newly announced overhaul of EPA policies for setting air pollution standards broke sharply along party lines, as several congressional Republicans today hailed it as a needed fix to a flawed process while one Democrat labeled it an “illegal” attempt to bypass a landmark Supreme Court ruling. [ read more … ]

Op-Ed: Trump Is Wrong About Energy Jobs

By Jacques Leslie, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2018-05-11 06:33:52

The right way to assess the worthiness of energy projects has nothing to do with counting jobs, Mr. Borenstein added. It involves doing cost-benefit analyses that include both the projects’ direct costs — the sort of thing that investors base decisions on — and their “externalities,” the costs and benefits to society such as air or water pollution or useful knowledge uncovered by research and development. [ read more … ]

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