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August 29, 2018

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California Lawmakers Set Goal for Carbon-Free Energy by 2045

By Ivan Penn, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2018-08-29 06:20:19

California took some of the most aggressive steps yet to counter the effects of climate change as legislators voted Tuesday to require that 100 percent of the state’s electricity come from carbon-free sources. The bill gives the state until 2045 to meet the goal. California had already imposed a mandate to generate 50 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030; the bill increased the amount to 60 percent. [ read more … ]

A Carbon-Free California Requires a Lot More Cheap Batteries

By Naureen S Malik, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2018-08-29 06:21:07

California would need to install more than 200 times as much energy-storage capacity than it has now to make up for the loss of gas plants, according to the Clean Air Task Force, a Boston-based energy-policy nonprofit. Gas plants both provide steady power output and can react quickly when there are supply constraints. The availability of renewables can be intermittent, making the ability to store power key. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

New Minn. senator pushes storage bill

Manuel Quiñones, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-08-29 06:21:26

Minnesota Democratic Sen. Tina Smith introduced legislation last week that she says would increase the country’s energy storage capabilities. The “Advancing Grid Storage Act,” S. 3376, would authorize $500 million over five years to better coordinate Department of Energy storage research and fund grants to local governments or private entities. [ read more … ]

Clean Energy Company Developing Two Wind Farms In Western Iowa

By Katie Peikes, Iowa Public Radio  •    •  Posted 2018-08-29 06:22:09

Invenergy is developing wind farms in Sac and Ida counties. They plan to install 85 turbines at the Sac location and 81 turbines in Ida that would benefit homes and businesses. The company says both wind  farms are designed to generate at least 200 megawatts of power at full capacity at any moment and will produce enough energy to power about 90,000 homes each year. [ read more … ]

In 2017, four US states generated more than 30% of their electricity from wind

By Megan Geuss, Clean Technica  •    •  Posted 2018-08-29 06:22:32

In four states—Iowa, Oklahoma, Kansas, and South Dakota—wind contributed 30 to 37 percent of each state’s entire electricity generation. These are fairly unique cases, because the states are sparsely populated and benefit from areas with high wind speeds. But the fraction of wind-generated electricity is growing in many other states, too. Fourteen states had more than 10 percent of their energy come from wind. On a wider scale, wind contributed just 6.3 percent of national generation, although that’s up from 5.7 percent in 2016. [ read more … ]

Colorado approves Xcel plan to retire coal, shift to renewables and storage

By Catherine Morehouse, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2018-08-29 06:21:48

Colorado’s Public Utility Commission (PUC) voted unanimously on Monday to give preliminary approval to Xcel Energy’s Clean Energy Plan, which would see the utility close 660 MW of coal-fired generation a decade earlier than scheduled and shift to renewable resources.  Under the plan, Xcel will close units 1 and 2 at the Comanche Generating Station in Pueblo and invest $2.5 billion in renewable energy and battery storage. The utility expects the plan to save ratepayers $213 million. [ read more … ]

Moody’s: Trump’s climate plan only slows coal’s downward spiral

By John Siciliano and Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner  •    •  Posted 2018-08-29 06:23:11

 Trump’s climate rule reboot will slow the decline in coal use over the last decade, but it won’t do much to reverse the shift toward more natural gas and renewables, reported credit-ratings giant Moody’s on Monday. “We view the proposed approach as a less stringent form of regulation and much more moderate than the [Clean Power Plan],” the Moody’s analysis said. “As a result, we do not expect it to have much of an adverse effect, if any, on the operation or the economics of coal plants.” [ read more … ]

Deal headed to Congress keeps energy investor protections

Geof Koss, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-08-29 06:23:25

The Trump administration said yesterday that a key investor dispute mechanism for the energy sector would remain in place in an upcoming bilateral trade deal with Mexico. The White House, however, said the provision would be scaled back from what’s currently part of the North American Free Trade Agreement, and lawmakers are keen on many more details. [ read more … ]

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