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June 12, 2018

Top Stories

Solar Surpasses Gas and Wind as Biggest Source of New U.S. Power

By Chris Martin, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2018-06-12 04:41:23

Despite tariffs that President Trump imposed on imported panels, the U.S. installed more solar energy than any other source of electricity in the first quarter. Developers installed 2.5 gigawatts of solar in the first quarter, up 13 percent from a year earlier, according to a report Tuesday from the Solar Energy Industries Association and GTM Research. That accounted for 55 percent of all new generation, with solar panels beating new wind and natural gas turbines for a second straight quarter. [ read more … ]

MISO survey shows ample capacity, even amid coal retirements

Jeffrey Tomich, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-06-12 04:41:57

The nation’s second-largest power grid has more than ample capacity to meet electricity demand next year, and likely for the next five years, despite continued coal plant retirements, according to a survey by the Midcontinent Independent System Operator and state regulators in the grid operator’s footprint.
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Policy & Politics

Study evaluates interconnecting grids to improve power flows

By Jack Money, The Oklahoman  •    •  Posted 2018-06-12 04:43:50

The nation’s power grid is just a little out of whack. Analysts report that consumers served by utilities on the nation’s East and West coasts pay higher costs for their electricity than we do here. A big reason for that, they explain, is an abundance of more affordable, renewable power produced in Oklahoma, Texas and other states between the Rocky Mountains and the Mississippi River. A symposium about the project is planned in July at Iowa State University. [ read more … ]

Heat-trapping carbon dioxide levels in air hit another high

By Seth Borenstein, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2018-06-12 04:43:13

he amount of heat-trapping carbon dioxide in the air peaked again this year at record levels, scientists reported Thursday. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday that carbon dioxide levels averaged 411.25 parts per million in May at the federal Mauna Loa observatory in Hawaii, up from 409.65 a year ago. [ read more … ]

Trump’s coal, nuclear bailout no shield from hackers: cyber experts

By Timothy Gardner, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2018-06-12 04:42:24

Bailing out nuclear and coal-fired power plants will not toughen the U.S. power grid against cyber attacks as the Trump administration claims, according to cyber experts, because hackers have a wide array of options for hitting electric infrastructure and nuclear facilities that are high-profile targets. U.S. President Donald Trump this month directed Energy Secretary Rick Perry to take emergency steps to stem a surge in coal and nuclear plant retirements in recent years, arguing that more shutdowns would leave the country less able to bounce back from disruptions caused by storms, physical attacks, and hackers. [ read more … ]

Foes of Trump coal plan worry it will work

Zack Colman, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-06-12 04:42:55

President Trump’s latest gambit to bolster coal and nuclear power plants is worrying the oil and gas industry and its allies. They concede this new approach could be successful. [ read more … ]

Massachusetts Senate will vote on landmark measure to price carbon

Benjamin Storrow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-06-12 04:44:22

The Massachusetts Senate is set to vote on a carbon pricing proposal Thursday. The measure, included in part of a wider energy bill that would increase the state’s renewable energy requirements, would require the governor to establish a “market-based mechanism” for pricing carbon. A cap on emissions would be phased in over time, beginning with the transportation sector by 2020, the industrial and commercials sectors by 2021 and the residential sector by 2022. [ read more … ]

Free Power From Freeways? China Is Testing Roads Paved With Solar Panels

By Keith Bradsher, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2018-06-12 04:44:48

On a smoggy afternoon, huge log carriers and oil tankers thundered down a highway and hurtled around a curve at the bottom of a hill. Only a single, unreinforced guardrail stood between the traffic and a ravine. The route could make for tough driving under any conditions. But experts are watching it for one feature in particular: The highway curve is paved with solar panels. [ read more … ]

Heinrich, Heller float bill to repeal tariffs

Christa Marshall, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-06-12 04:45:29

Lawmakers are making the first legislative push in the Senate to overturn solar tariffs imposed by President Trump. Yesterday, Sens. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Dean Heller (R-Nev.) introduced the “Protecting American Solar Jobs Act,” S. 3022, which would repeal the tariffs and allow companies affected by higher-price imports to receive retroactive compensation. [ read more … ]

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