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June 28, 2018

Top Stories

White House seeking more clean energy cuts despite congressional opposition

By Dino Grandoni, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2018-06-28 06:40:26

The Trump administration is preparing to ask for even deeper funding cuts to clean energy research at the Energy Department — just months after Congress rejected proposed cuts to those offices. The White House’s Office of Management and Budget on Friday directed the department to submit a budget request that would reduce funding for all nondefense offices by 5 percent from what the administration sent to Congress for fiscal 2019.  [ read more … ]

California’s regional grid plan clears another hurdle

Debra Kahn, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-06-28 06:41:00

A bill to create a Western-wide electricity market is speeding through the California Legislature, despite some Democrats’ strong reservations about giving up control of the state’s progressive energy policies. The state Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday approved by a bill to begin the process of turning the state’s electricity grid operator into a regional transmission organization (RTO). [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

FERC Republican warns against ‘ganging up’ on grid operator

Sam Mintz, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-06-28 06:41:54

As the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission waits for possible new action from the Department of Energy aimed at rescuing struggling coal and nuclear plants, one FERC member today warned the Trump administration not to target a specific region of the country. Republican Commissioner Robert Powelson, a former Pennsylvania state regulator, told reporters that he is “deeply concerned” that DOE is focused specifically on PJM Interconnection, the electric grid operator that operates in the Mid-Atlantic and eastern Great Lakes region. [ read more … ]

Invoking national security in the resilience debate

Peter Behr, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-06-28 06:42:16

Retirements of coal and nuclear plants are increasing the vulnerability of the western U.S. power grid in extreme scenarios, according to a new analysis for the Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC). “Coal and nuclear retirements create a deficit of baseload generation capacity in the bulk power system, increasing the dependence on gas,” according to the report by the Wood Mackenzie consulting firm, Argonne National Laboratory and Energy and Environmental Economics. “Large additions of renewables help mitigate the loss of coal- and nuclear-generated power,” the report says, but can’t fill the gap. [ read more … ]

Ruling in Big Oil case leaves cities, activists reeling

Anne C. Mulkern, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-06-28 06:41:30

Cities hoping to force oil companies to pay for climate change damages are facing a new reality after a federal judge Monday threw out similar lawsuits against fossil fuel businesses. Judge William Alsup’s ruling against San Francisco and Oakland, Calif., in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California didn’t set a legal precedent that judges in other locales must consider. But it still could affect courts considering 11 other cases from municipalities suing oil companies in California, Colorado, Washington and New York, legal experts said. [ read more … ]

Next steps in the never-ending clean power plan lawsuit

Niina Heikkinen, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-06-28 06:42:38

Some federal appeals court judges aren’t happy with EPA’s pace in either repealing or replacing the Clean Power Plan. Yesterday, two judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit stated they would no longer vote to keep litigation over the Clean Power Plan on hold. A third judge said he was concerned about how the Supreme Court stay of the rule was allowing EPA to avoid regulating greenhouse gases. [ read more … ]

First big solar plant in Wyo. clears hurdle

By The Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2018-06-28 06:42:54

A proposed solar energy plant in the nation’s top coal-producing state yesterday gained a key approval from the Bureau of Land Management. BLM officials determined that the Sweetwater LLC solar plant in western Wyoming wouldn’t cause significant environmental damage. [ read more … ]

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