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August 15, 2018

Top Story

California’s Move to Mandate 100% Carbon-Free Electricity

By Ivan Penn and Inyoung Kang, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2018-08-15 06:42:47

California has been a leader in trying to counter the forces contributing to climate change, from its stringent standards for auto emissions to its mandate that 50 percent of the state’s electricity come from carbon-free sources by 2030. Now, with climate concerns magnified by extreme summer temperatures and catastrophic wildfires, lawmakers are considering a move that would go further: a proposal to mandate 100 percent carbon-free electricity by 2045. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Trump Tariffs Help Investors See Rooftop Solar’s Bright Side

By Brian Eckhouse, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2018-08-15 06:44:34

Shares of panel makers and the rooftop developers that buy their equipment largely traded in a pack in recent years as clean power emerged as a new part of the energy industry. But the president’s much-feared solar tariffs in January prompted a clarifying realization by investors: not all solar companies are alike. Sunrun Inc., the top residential installer, has more than doubled in value this year and rival Vivint Solar Inc. was up more than 30 percent through Monday, while panel makers have mostly slumped. The divergence is a sign that Wall Street is finally paying more attention to the nuances of the maturing industry [ read more … ]

China Says U.S. Solar Tariffs Violate Trade Rules, Lodges WTO Complaint

By Lee Chyen Yee and Zhang Min, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2018-08-15 06:44:53

China’s commerce ministry said a U.S. decision to subsidize renewable energy firms and impose tariffs on imported products has seriously distorted the global market and harmed China’s interests, firing the latest shot in a broader trade conflict. China has lodged a complaint to the World Trade Organisation to help determine the legality of the U.S. policies, saying they not only harm China’s rights but also undermine the WTO’s authority, the ministry said on its website late on Tuesday. [ read more … ]

The Battery Boom Could End Up Burning Some Investors

By Anna Hirtenstein, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2018-08-15 06:45:46

Some of the latest battery technologies may become obsolete before reaching the market because of the breakneck pace of advances in the industry. Teams of scientists from San Francisco to Shenzhen are experimenting with new chemical processes to improve the traditional lithium-ion cell and find new ways to bottle up electricity for use at another time. Investors in those projects are starting to worry that they might have picked the wrong technology. [ read more … ]

FERC’s aid to DOE on grid threats: Too far or just right?

Peter Behr, Sam Mintz and Rod Kuckro, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2018-08-15 06:45:26

Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s controversial campaign to support at-risk coal and nuclear plants has pulled the independent Federal Energy Regulatory Commission into a policy snarl over whether its staff has compromised its neutrality to support the Trump administration’s policy goals on safeguarding the nation’s power grids. [ read more … ]

Maryland opens solar-power subscriptions to all

By Scott Dance, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2018-08-15 06:46:10

Maryland has launched a pilot program that will allow anyone to power their home with solar panels — even if they are renters or condo-dwellers, or live in the shade of trees. Solar developers are looking for hundreds of residents to subscribe to six power projects planned across the state, including recently announced sites in Owings Mills and Westminster. Their offers include discounts on standard electric rates. [ read more … ]

Carbon tech could bring job boom to Wyo. — report

By Heather Richards, Casper Star-Tribune  •    •  Posted 2018-08-15 06:46:30

Wyoming is in a unique spot for carbon technology, the report says. The state could set up funding for early stage carbon technology in the private sector and encourage private investors to contribute to scholarships to forgive student debt. It noted some progress has already been made. While the report does not offer many details about how Wyoming can embrace carbon technology, it does put a number on the job potential in the sector. [ read more … ]

Mo. court says regulators oversee utility charging stations

Jeffrey Tomich, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-08-15 06:46:46

A Missouri court disagreed with a 2017 decision by the Public Service Commission that it lacks regulatory authority over utility-owned vehicle charging stations because the equipment doesn’t meet the statutory definition of “electric plant.” The Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District, issued the opinion last week in a case brought by Kansas City Power and Light Co. regarding the PSC’s May 2017 order. [ read more … ]

Trump OKs bill with climate risks, calls coal indestructible

By Scott Waldman, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-08-15 06:47:01

Trump traveled to Fort Drum outside Syracuse, N.Y., to sign the $716 billion National Defense Authorization Act for 2019. The bill passed the House and Senate earlier this summer and provides funding for the military to provide broader protection from the threat of climate change. Trump has called global warming a hoax and promoted fossil fuels. After signing the bill, Trump said that “in a military way, coal is indestructible. You can blow up a pipeline, you can blow up the windmills — boom, boom, boom.” [ read more … ]

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