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June 15, 2018

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Simmons tapped for renewables office; White House aide jumps

Hannah Northey, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-06-15 06:40:33

President Trump yesterday nominated Dan Simmons, a former Capitol Hill staffer and free market evangelist, to serve as assistant secretary for the Energy Department’s renewables and efficiency office. If confirmed, Simmons would lead DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), where he is currently serving as principal deputy assistant secretary. Simmons first began leading the office almost a year ago during the transition effort, raising eyebrows among D.C. energy circles in light of his past criticism of wind and federal climate rules as director of state affairs at the Institute for Energy Research under CEO Tom Pyle [ read more … ]

Michigan’s Consumers Energy bets big on solar as it dumps coal

Jeffrey Tomich, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-06-15 06:41:49

Michigan’s second-largest utility is making a big bet on solar as the linchpin of a plan to eliminate coal from its fuel mix and slash carbon emissions by 80 percent over the next two decades. Jackson, Mich.-based Consumers Energy, which sells electricity to 1.8 million customers, announced plans to add 5,000 megawatts of solar generation plus other clean energy resources. No new fossil fuel generation is included in the utility’s long-range integrated resource plan to be filed with the Michigan Public Service Commission this week. [ read more … ]

Connecticut picks Deepwater Wind to supply 200 MW of offshore wind

By Ellen Meyers. Platts  •    •  Posted 2018-06-15 06:42:32

Connecticut officials have chosen Deepwater Wind to provide distribution utilities with 200 MW from the developer’s 600-MW Revolution Wind Offshore project. Out of the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s clean energy request for proposals, Connecticut on Wednesday selected more than 250 MW of renewable energy projects, including 52 MW of fuel cell projects from developers including a Connecticut-headquartered fuel cell division of Korea-based conglomerate Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction, Bloom Energy and FuelCell Energy, plus a 1.6-MW anaerobic digestion facility. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Ice is melting 3 times as fast as it did 25 years ago

Chelsea Harvey, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-06-15 06:43:54

The Antarctic ice sheet lost a whopping 3 trillion tons of ice between 1992 and 2017, scientists announced this week. That’s the equivalent of about 8 millimeters of sea-level rise. It might sound small, but scientists say the significance is huge. Most alarmingly, the losses are speeding up. Since 1992, annual ice loss from the Antarctic Peninsula has more than doubled, and it’s tripled in West Antarctica. Much of that increase has occurred in the last five years alone. [ read more … ]

Exclusive: Global warming set to exceed 1.5°C, slow growth – U.N. draft

By Alister Doyle Environment Correspondent, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2018-06-15 06:44:14

Global warming is on course to exceed the most stringent goal set in the Paris agreement by around 2040, threatening economic growth, according to a draft report that is the U.N.’s starkest warning yet of the risks of climate change. Governments can still cap temperatures below the strict 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7° Fahrenheit) ceiling agreed in 2015 only with “rapid and far-reaching” transitions in the world economy, according to the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). [ read more … ]

Mayor of coal-heavy Birmingham, Ala., pledges to go all green

Kristi E. Swartz, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-06-15 06:42:51

The mayor of Birmingham, Ala., has become the latest to pledge that his city will get all of its electricity from all renewable sources. Mayor Randall Woodfin signed a pledge from the nonprofit Greater Birmingham Alliance to Stop Pollution, or GASP. The Sierra Club also has a similar initiative called the “Ready for 100” campaign, which aims to get more U.S. cities to commit to only renewables. [ read more … ]

Consumers Energy to file plan for no coal, 43% renewables

By Robert Walton, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2018-06-15 06:43:35

Consumers Energy announced Wednesday that it will soon file a long-term plan with Michigan regulators that calls for shuttering the Karn coal-fired power plant in 2023, eliminating coal use and more than tripling renewable energy utilization in just over a decade. Under the plan, Consumers will grow renewable energy from 11% of its supply today to 37% by 2030, on its way to reaching 43% green power and 80% reduced carbon emissions by 2040. [ read more … ]

Greens protest as industry spurs states on clean-car sales

Maxine Joselow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-06-15 06:44:33

As automakers urged the governors of nine states this week to help boost sales of zero-emission vehicles, environmentalists are faulting the industry for failing to do its part to get more clean cars on the road. In letters this week to governors whose states follow California’s zero-emission vehicle mandate, the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers encouraged them to adopt measures that would increase ZEV sales [ read more … ]

Cities hope ‘virtual power’ puts climate goals in reach

Benjamin Storrow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-06-15 06:44:49

Corporate America has emerged as a leading buyer of renewable energy in recent years. Now, U.S. cities are getting in on the act. Boston Mayor Martin Walsh announced an initiative last week aimed at bolstering municipal renewable procurements nationwide. By working together to purchase large amounts of renewable energy, Walsh hopes cities can cut the costs of wind and solar, stimulate the economy, and meet the terms of the Paris climate accord. [ read more … ]

NYC tests climate ‘nuisance’ theory in federal court

Saqib Rahim, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-06-15 06:45:04

A federal judge gave no obvious indication yesterday that he plans to hear New York City’s climate lawsuit against five multinational oil companies. Judge John Keenan of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York yesterday heard arguments from Chevron Corp. and the other oil giants seeking to quickly scuttle New York City’s litigation. [ read more … ]

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