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May 18, 2018

Top Stories

FERC to review law promoting renewables

By Daily on Energy, Washington Times  •    •  Posted 2018-05-18 06:39:39

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Kevin McIntyre announced Thursday that the commission is beginning a review of the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 to consider updating it to reflect the changing nature of the electric grid. [ read more … ]

BLM advancing massive, once-abandoned Calif. project

Scott Streater, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-05-18 06:40:09

The Bureau of Land Management is close to approving a large-scale solar power project in Southern California that was once left for dead after its Spain-based developer went bankrupt. BLM is scheduled today to publish a final supplemental environmental impact statement (EIS) and proposed land-use plan amendment that all but clears the way for the Palen Solar Power Project to be permitted and ultimately built. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Energy jobs cut into red and blue state divide

Peter Behr, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-05-18 06:40:25

From his policy perspective, a coalition of the willing is far better than none at all. “There’s no doubt that long-term, we need an economywide national approach. But I think it’s very important that we maintain the momentum toward this long-term, very low-carbon economy,” Moniz said, adding at another point, “The reality is, mayors and governors have a lot more of a can-do spirit than you find at the national level because they’re close to where the issues are, the problems are, and they are looking for the future.” [ read more … ]

U.S. coal alliance is only a ‘conversation’ — DOE official

Jean Chemnick, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-05-18 06:40:46

The Energy Department’s fossil fuels chief said a controversial effort by the United States to establish a global alliance to promote coal and natural gas is “not yet ready for prime time.” DOE Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy Steven Winberg said the so-called Clean and Advanced Fossil Fuel Alliance is still at a preliminary stage. He was speaking at a meeting of coal industry representatives and advocates. [ read more … ]

Watch Out for Double-Sided Solar Panels Taking Off in China

By Chris Martin, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2018-05-18 06:41:12

Here’s one way to get more power from solar panels: use both sides of the cells. But don’t expect that to double the output. China is expected to jump-start the market for panels that can absorb light on both sides with plans to install 2.7 gigawatts this year, according to research from Bloomberg New Energy Finance. [ read more … ]

Blowing past climate goals could turn wind turbines

Kelsey Brugger, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-05-18 06:41:53

Climate change could be a boon for wind farms. If global temperatures rise 1.5 degree Celsius above preindustrial levels, vast swaths of northern Europe could become windier and, therefore, a greater source for wind power, a new study found. The findings come three years after world leaders finalized the Paris Agreement, which aims to keep temperatures well below 2 C above preindustrial levels. [ read more … ]

GOP governor wants to ‘lead in solutions’ on climate

Benjamin Storrow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-05-18 06:42:09

Four years ago, Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead (R) proposed an idea that made some in America’s top coal-mining state uncomfortable. His plan was to invest $15 million in a test facility at a coal plant, where scientists could explore strategies for capturing carbon dioxide emissions and turning it into an economic product like cement or methanol. [ read more … ]

Emails: EPA all ears as industry pitched ‘secret science’

Maxine Joselow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-05-18 06:42:25

Industry groups pitched EPA a proposal last spring that closely resembled what became Administrator Scott Pruitt’s “secret science” plan, according to emails released this week under Freedom of Information Act litigation. The National Association of Manufacturers offered detailed suggestions on EPA’s handling of scientific studies last May to the agency’s regulatory reform task force, which was soliciting suggestions on rules and rulemaking. [ read more … ]

Op-Ed: Wind energy can address our greatest threat

By Dan Wolf, Cape Cod Times  •    •  Posted 2018-05-18 06:42:47

When I first ran for office, I proposed something that seemed out of reach: the Cape and Islands as a future net exporter of energy. Though my time in the state Senate ended before that goal could be realized, in 2016 we passed the Energy Diversity Act, mandating that our power providers incorporate offshore wind into our energy mix. Since Massachusetts has the best offshore wind resources in the country, wind power is a natural fit. [ read more … ]

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