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September 10, 2018

Top Stories

Home batteries are having a record year

David Ferris, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-09-10 04:19:23

After years of buzz, the residential battery appears to be achieving liftoff in the United States, according to a new report. Residential energy storage is used by homeowners either as emergency backup during blackouts or to soak up the excess electricity captured by rooftop solar panels. [ read more … ]

NextEra says it will slash carbon with giant spending plan

Kristi E. Swartz, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-09-10 04:19:44

NextEra Energy Inc. said last week  it will cut its carbon emissions rate by more than 65 percent within the next three years. The announcement falls in line with other electric companies that recently have vowed to reduce carbon emissions from their fleet either by hitting a target number or closing coal-fired power plants. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Carbon-neutral coal ‘doesn’t make sense,’ scientists say

Chelsea Harvey, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-09-10 04:20:07

But when it comes to coal, making the industry truly carbon neutral is probably impossible, new research suggests. An analysis published today in the journal Scientific Reports suggests that the technological steps required to render U.S. coal plants climate neutral are almost certainly out of reach. [ read more … ]

Ex-GOP FERC chair on coal bailout: ‘This too shall pass’

By Gavin Bade, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2018-09-10 04:20:26

Former FERC Chairman Pat Wood III is tired of all the talk in Washington about bailing out coal and nuclear plants. “I just hate that everybody’s wasting time worrying about this [stuff],” he said, “instead of worrying about real things that matter, like getting investor confidence back in this market, getting cybersecurity figured out, and making sure that we don’t spend $10 billion modernizing the grid.” [ read more … ]

GOP rep: Parties ‘have to come together’ on climate change

By Timothy Cama, The Hill  •    •  Posted 2018-09-10 04:20:46

A Republican lawmaker pushing to put a tax on carbon dioxide emissions said that bipartisan cooperation is the only route to significant climate change legislation. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.), one of only two lawmakers formally supporting Rep. Carlos Curbelo’s (R-Fla.) carbon tax bill, said Thursday at an event hosted by The Hill that partisan climate proposals can never get the support needed to pass through Congress. [ read more … ]

EPA schedules public hearing on power plant rule

Niina Heikkinen, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-09-10 04:21:03

EPA has announced it will host a single public hearing on its proposed replacement for the Clean Power Plan. The all-day hearing will be held Oct. 1 at the Ralph H. Metcalfe Federal Building in Chicago, the home of EPA’s Region 5 headquarters, according to a Federal Register notice published this week. [ read more … ]

Kavanaugh dishes on Chevron, environmental law

Ellen M. Gilmer, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-09-10 04:21:24

Kavanaugh’s views on deference to agencies came up repeatedly during this week’s confirmation hearing. He has broad experience in the administrative law issue from his time on the D.C. Circuit. Several Republican senators wanted Kavanaugh’s thoughts on Chevron deference, a standard named for a 1984 Supreme Court case that directs judges to defer to an agency’s reasonable interpretation of ambiguous law. Conservatives have long criticized the doctrine for, in their view, giving too much power to the executive branch. [ read more … ]

Senate’s quiet workhorse was 2 for 2 on big energy bills

Hannah Northey, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-09-10 04:21:43

Former Sen. Jeff Bingaman is watching the days of big energy bills fade in his rearview mirror. The New Mexico Democrat and former chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee would know. He shepherded the passage of two big energy packages in 2005 and 2007. [ read more … ]

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