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June 1, 2018

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Buffett Utility to Be First in U.S. to Reach 100 Percent Renewables

By Nichola Groom, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2018-06-01 04:42:09

MidAmerican Energy Co will become the first U.S. investor-owned utility to source 100 percent of its customers’ electricity needs from renewable energy when it completes a $922 million wind farm in 2020, the company said on Wednesday. The utility owned by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc began investing in wind power about 15 years ago to both hedge against volatile fuel prices and generate more pollutant-free power, its chief executive said, adding that federal tax credits for renewable projects have kept costs low. [ read more … ]

Iowa Utility: Project Means Wind Will Meet Customer Demand

By Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2018-06-01 04:42:37

An Iowa-based utility submitted plans Wednesday for a massive wind turbine project that would be the nation’s first investor-owned electric utility to generate all of its customer demand from wind energy. Des Moines-based MidAmerican Energy wants to build a $922 million wind farm that would generate 591 megawatts of power, or enough electricity to power 2.4 million homes. CEO Adam Wright said that if the Iowa Utilities Board approves the project, the farm would be completed by 2020, before federal tax breaks helping such projects are phased out. [ read more … ]

Trump Helps More Than Double U.S. Solar Capacity With Duties

By Brian Eckhouse, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2018-06-01 04:45:13

President Donald Trump wanted more U.S. solar manufacturing — and now he’s getting it. Hanwha Q Cells Korea on Wednesday said it will build a factory in Georgia. JinkoSolar Holding Co. of China is planning one in Florida. And U.S. companies SunPower Corp. and First Solar Inc. say they’ll boost production in Oregon and Ohio. [ read more … ]

For Electric Cars Without a Plug, Thank Tesla (the Scientist)

By Stephen Williams, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2018-06-01 04:43:14

Give thanks to Tesla — Nikola, the inventor, not the car company — who more than a century ago used electromagnetic energy to transfer power over an “air gap” between two coils. Wireless, or inductive, charging is the next frontier for hybrid and electric vehicles that one day will charge in much the way your new toothbrush or cellphone does. And farther down the road is the tantalizing possibility that cars in motion will be charged “dynamically,” on the street, by the street. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

MidAmerican will be first to create enough wind energy to cover 100% of consumer use

By Donnelle Eller, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted 2018-06-01 04:41:42

MidAmerican said it will be the first investor-owned electric utility nationally to meet the goal, which the Des Moines utility announced in 2016. The latest wind investment, expected to be completed in late 2020, would enable the company to freeze consumer rates, possibly up to 15 years, MidAmerican said. “With wind, we don’t need to buy fuel to make the energy, This is a big reason why MidAmerican Energy’s rates are 37 percent below the national average.” [ read more … ]

New Offshore Wind Farm Project Will Dwarf Nation’s 1st One

By Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2018-06-01 04:43:35

A Rhode Island company is going to build a wind farm that will be 10 times the size of the nation’s first offshore wind farm. Deepwater Wind says the new 400-megawatt wind farm will also create more than 800 jobs and result in $250 million in investments in Rhode Island. Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo and other officials visited the Port of Providence on Wednesday for the announcement. [ read more … ]

Fishermen’s Energy Gets ‘Third Wind’ on Offshore Wind Pilot

By TOM JOHNSON, New jersey Spotlight  •    •  Posted 2018-06-01 04:44:32

Gov. Phil Murphy yesterday signed without comment a bill (S-1217) that requires the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities to accept an application from Fishermen’s and review it within 90 days. For Fishermen’s, it will be the third time the 24-megawatt offshore-wind project will have come before the regulatory agency. The two previous times, the BPU rejected the proposal as being too expensive to ratepayers, who will pay for the electricity from the wind turbines.
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Deepwater Wind to invest $250 million in Rhode Island to build utility-scale offshore wind farm

By Alex Kuffner, Providence Journal  •    •  Posted 2018-06-01 04:45:31

Deepwater Wind will invest $250 million in Rhode Island and use a local workforce of more than 800 to build a utility-scale offshore wind farm that would be able to meet the electric needs of 200,000 households in the state, CEO Jeffrey Grybowski and Governor Gina Raimondo announced Wednesday morning. The investment by the Providence-based company will include $40 million in improvements to the Port of Providence, the port facilities in the Quonset Business Park in North Kingstown and potentially one or more other ports in Rhode Island, where Deepwater would stage construction of the 400-megawatt project that is being called Revolution Wind.
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Here’s how the world is coping with Trump’s exit from climate agreement

Jean Chemnick, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-06-01 04:46:13

Nations around the world have responded to President Trump’s decision last year to leave the Paris Agreement by upping their ante on climate action, but the U.S. decision still casts a shadow over long-range efforts to address the problem. [ read more … ]

Grid and Bear it

By Kelsey Tamborrino, Politico  •    •  Posted 2018-06-01 04:43:55

In response to an executive order signed last year, the Energy Department released a new report Wednesday that said senior government officials and electric sector executives don’t know enough about how energy companies could recover from a disruptive cyberattack, and those companies aren’t thinking about cyber threats enough when building out their supply chains. [ read more … ]

FERC, DOJ back state subsidy for nuclear

Saqib Rahim, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-06-01 04:45:48

Federal lawyers yesterday said they have no legal objection to an Illinois policy to subsidize nuclear power, a development that will stiffen the backbones of other states considering similar action. In an amicus brief yesterday, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and Department of Justice said Illinois’ policy to offer “zero emission credits,” or ZECs, to nuclear generators is safely within the state’s legal authority. ZECs do not infringe on FERC’s jurisdiction in a way that would warrant a pre-emption of the state policy, FERC and DOJ said. [ read more … ]

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