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September 14, 2018

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High-Tech Ferry Backdrop for 16 California Clean Energy Laws

By Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2018-09-14 04:45:00

California Gov. Jerry Brown used a high-tech battery-operated San Francisco Bay sightseeing ferry as the backdrop for approving 16 new laws Thursday aimed at easing global warming. The bills he signed into law aim to increase the number of zero-emission vehicles and charging stations and reduce the number of heavily polluting cars and trucks. [ read more … ]

New Jersey Edges Toward Wind Farms Off Its Tourist-Prized Shores

By Brian Eckhouse, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2018-09-14 04:45:43

State regulators are about to consider Governor Phil Murphy’s proposed solicitation for 1.1 gigawatts of offshore-wind farms. The process will begin Sept. 17, subject to approval by the state’s Board of Public Utilities, Murphy said Thursday at the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco. Efforts to build offshore wind off Atlantic City stalled under Murphy’s predecessor, Governor Chris Christie. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

‘We Are Still In.’ Advocates press on

Debra Kahn, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2018-09-14 04:45:18

State and local governments and businesses are shouting from the rooftops that America is still committed to climate action. Despite the Trump administration’s proposals to withdraw from the U.N. Paris Agreement, roll back federal fuel economy rules, replace the Clean Power Plan for the power sector and weaken methane regulations for the oil and gas industry, environmental leaders are unbowed. [ read more … ]

Wind, solar gaining ground as energy sources

By L.M. Sixel, Houston Chronicle  •    •  Posted 2018-09-14 04:46:10

A decade ago Texas was just one of seven states that relied on wind power as the biggest source for renewable energy. Today, Texas isn’t such an outlier. Sixteen states report that wind energy is now their biggest source of renewable energy, according to the Energy Department. Additional states with wind power as their dominant source of renewable energy include Colorado, Oklahoma, Nebraska, North Dakota and Pennsylvania. [ read more … ]

3 takeaways from Trump’s solar tariffs

Christa Marshall, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-09-14 04:46:24

According to the data, the tariffs did take “a bite” out of the solar market, although the effect seems to be in the single digits. In the second quarter of 2018, installments in the U.S. market decreased 9 percent from the same period in the previous year. It’s also a 7 percent decline from the last quarter. Over the longer term, in the next five years, the forecast for utility-scale solar is about 8 percent lower than it would have been without tariffs, according to the report. [ read more … ]

Florence’s brutal winds will test the Carolinas’ solar boom

By Brian Eckhouse, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2018-09-14 04:46:41

The nation’s second-biggest solar region is facing the first real-time test of its systems, with Hurricane Florence threatening the Carolinas with winds well in excess of 100 miles per hour and torrential rains. The Category 4 storm was packing 130 mph winds as of yesterday, with landfall expected by the weekend. While most newer systems are designed to withstand 140 to 160 mph winds, the Carolinas haven’t sustained a direct hit by such a large hurricane since its solar boom expanded in 2014. [ read more … ]

McDonald’s, Google strike wind power deals in Europe

By Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2018-09-14 04:46:54

McDonald’s customers in the Netherlands will soon be able to buy fast food for their electric cars as well as themselves. European utility company Vattenfall said yesterday that its subsidiary Nuon has struck a deal to install two rapid charging stations each at 168 McDonald’s restaurants starting later this year. [ read more … ]

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