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September 4, 2018

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California Lawmakers Scupper Bill for one western power grid

By Brian Eckhouse, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2018-09-04 04:25:24

State lawmakers declined to advance legislation on Friday that would have laid the groundwork to connect California’s grid to as many as 13 other states. Under the measure, a multi-state regional authority would have managed the flow of power across the U.S. West, allowing more electricity to cross state lines and better incorporate wind and solar.
California Governor Jerry Brown had been a key supporter of the bill. [ read more … ]

First Energy sends a message to Trump in string of coal plant closures

By John Siciliano and Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner  •    •  Posted 2018-09-04 04:26:32

The Ohio-based First Energy announced a string of coal power plant closures on Wednesday night, but said it could reverse its decision if the Trump administration takes action. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

FirstEnergy to retire more than 4 GW of PJM coal plant capacity

By Robert Walton, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2018-09-04 04:26:52

FirstEnergy Solutions Corp. on Wednesday notified PJM Interconnection of its intention to shut down four fossil fuel plants in Pennsylvania and Ohio in 2021 and 2022, including 4 GW of coal capacity.  The company, currently in bankruptcy, also requested an exemption from the grid operator’s must-offer rules for the four plants, as well as three other nuclear facilities it intends to close down. FES said it is seeking exemptions from capacity auctions covering the 2022-23 delivery year and beyond. [ read more … ]

Arizona voters to decide on 50% renewable standard in November

Edward Klump, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-09-04 04:27:26

A contentious renewable energy initiative is poised to appear on Arizona ballots this November after a state Supreme Court decision yesterday. The proposed constitutional amendment would require regulated electric utilities to source at least 50 percent of annual power sales from renewable energy by 2030. The measure is aimed at nongovernmental electric utilities and envisions renewable energy credits. It wouldn’t apply to the Salt River Project, a major power and water company. [ read more … ]

From Rooftops to Algae Pools: Orlando’s Vision for Carbon-Free Energy

By Ivan Penn, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2018-09-04 04:27:50

This city has long been a leading tourist destination. Now, it is vying for another distinction: to be a pioneer in weaning itself from carbon-based energy. You can see its aspirations in the thousands of ponds all over the city that collect the runoff from Central Florida’s frequent downpours. Floating solar panels rise and fall in the water, sending power to the grid. [ read more … ]

Air pollution could kill solar panels — study

Christa Marshall, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-09-04 04:28:09

Air pollution caused by humans is known for its impact on health, but it may be creating new victims: solar panels. A study released this week led by Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers provides a warning for future growth of solar in cities with lots of urban haze, including Los Angeles. [ read more … ]

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