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September 28, 2018

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Trump signs ‘moonshot’ storage bill

By Christa Marshall, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-09-28 06:33:54

“Low cost grid-scale energy storage technologies are critical to improving grid resiliency, reliability, security, and the successful integration of a broad range of generation sources. With industrial sized energy storage capabilities, the decision to invest in renewable energy sources becomes that much easier and more viable.” The text calls for the Department of Energy to set research targets for storage and authorizes $46 million for three large storage demonstration projects. It directs DOE to produce a report “on the potential use of next generation, high capacity and high power batteries in our energy system.” [ read more … ]

Election 2018: Clean Energy’s Future Could Rise or Fall with 36 Governor’s Races

BY MARIANNE LAVELLE, Inside Climate News  •    •  Posted 2018-09-28 06:34:26

Some of the most consequential elections for climate policy this fall could be the 36 governor’s races, where a blue wave could position clean energy advocates as a significant counterforce against the Trump administration’s fossil fuel agenda. Republicans currently hold a near-record 33 governorships—a lock on power that has served as a brake on clean energy progress in some areas. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Perry says resilience decision rests with White House

Rod Kuckro, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-09-28 06:34:41

Energy Secretary Rick Perry said yesterday that the disposition of possible aid to coal and nuclear power plants deemed critical to national security rests with the White House. “I don’t have anything new to report from four or five months ago. It’s still being talked about, it’s still being bandied around the White House,” he said during a roundtable with reporters in his office [ read more … ]

E.P.A. to Eliminate Office That Advises Agency Chief on Science

By Coral Davenport, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2018-09-28 06:35:07

The Environmental Protection Agency plans to dissolve its Office of the Science Advisor, a senior post that was created to counsel the E.P.A. administrator on the scientific research underpinning health and environmental regulations, according to a person familiar with the agency’s plans. The personspoke anonymously because the decision had not yet been made publi [ read more … ]

New Jersey Utility Plans $4.1 Billion in Clean Energy Investment

By Mark Chediak, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2018-09-28 06:35:28

New Jersey’s biggest utility says it can make money by getting its customers to use less of what it sells. Public Service Enterprise Group’s electric and gas distributor is proposing to spend $4.1 billion on programs designed to help New Jersey meet its clean energy goals, according to a statement Thursday. The initiatives would save customers an estimated $7.4 billion, the Newark-based company said. [ read more … ]

Virginia To Challenge For Top Offshore Wind Spot In US — 2 Gigawatts By 2028

By Joshua S Hill, Clean Technica  •    •  Posted 2018-09-28 06:35:47

Hot on the heels of New Jersey’s decision to solicit 1.1 gigawatts (GW) worth of offshore wind capacity, southern cousin Virginia is positioning itself to become the South’s first offshore wind giant with a goal of installing at least 2,000 megawatts (MW) in the coming decade.
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EPA advances proposed repeal of Clinton-era standards

Sean Reilly, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-09-28 06:36:06

EPA today set an Oct. 29 deadline for public comments on a proposed rule to ease Clinton-era requirements for monitoring of nitrogen oxides emissions from many power plants and other large industrial polluters. Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler had signed the proposal two weeks ago (E&E News PM, Sept. 14). In publishing the proposed rule in today’s Federal Register, the agency said it does not intend to hold a public hearing unless someone makes a request by Thursday, Oct. 4. [ read more … ]

Zinc-air batteries provide power in remote areas

By Cathy Bussewitz, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2018-09-28 06:36:38

Remote villages in Africa and Asia are receiving electricity using a little-known type of technology: zinc-air batteries. California-based NantEnergy said yesterday it has created a rechargeable zinc-air battery storage system that can provide power at a lower cost than lithium-ion batteries. [ read more … ]

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