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October 1, 2018

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Federal court again upholds state nuclear subsidies, this time in New York

By Gavin Bade, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2018-10-01 04:31:57

A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld nuclear energy subsidies put in place by New York, the second ruling in a month affirming states’ ability to support clean energy resources. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit upheld New York’s Zero Emission Credit (ZEC) program, ruling it does not overstep state authority because it does not mandate participation in wholesale power markets and is little different than renewable energy policies already allowed under established legal precedent. [ read more … ]

How California gave Nebraska ethanol producers a boost — and wind generators too

By Steve Jordon, Omaha World Herald  •    •  Posted 2018-10-01 04:32:17

Three turbines twirled in the Nebraska wind, turning the village of Fairmont, for a brief time, into a 100 percent renewable-energy community. Those General Electric turbines have the potential to raise the value of ethanol made from Midwestern corn by a Fairmont plant and shipped to West Coast markets because of a California law aimed at reducing carbon pollution. “The less carbon emissions you’re creating, the less fossil fuel you’re burning in the process of making your product, the better off you’ll be,” said Dave Clegern, a spokesman for the California Air Resources Board. [ read more … ]

Policu & Politics

With eye on N.J. energy goals, PSE&G unveils $4B plan

David Iaconangelo, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-10-01 04:32:49

New Jersey’s biggest utility has asked regulators to approve a “historic” package of energy programs worth more than $4 billion over six years, posing it as a prospective linchpin for the state’s clean-energy ambitions. Energy efficiency would account for the biggest chunk of the costs, with almost $2.8 billion going to help residences, businesses and industry pay to install smart technologies and upgrades to heating, air conditioning, refrigerating, lighting, and other gas and electric systems. [ read more … ]

Kansas regulators OK mandatory demand charges for residential solar

Jeffrey Tomich, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-10-01 04:33:04

Westar Energy’s 600,000 customers in central Kansas will see lower electric bills after state regulators approved new rates for the Topeka-based utility.
But the cuts will be smaller for a few hundred residential customers with solar panels, and some may see increases, because the Kansas Corporation Commission also approved mandatory charges for distributed generation owners. [ read more … ]

Trump Administration Prepares a Major Weakening of Mercury Emissions Rules

By Coral Davenport, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2018-10-01 04:33:18

The Trump administration has completed a detailed legal proposal to dramatically weaken a major environmental regulation covering mercury, a toxic chemical emitted from coal-burning power plants, according to a person who has seen the document but is not authorized to speak publicly about it. The proposal would not eliminate the mercury regulation entirely, but it is designed to put in place the legal justification for the Trump administration to weaken it and several other pollution rules, while setting the stage for a possible full repeal of the rule. [ read more … ]

Massachusetts launches solar incentive program to develop 1.6 GW

By Robert Walton, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2018-10-01 04:34:13

The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) on Thursday issued an order approving compensation for 1,600 MW of new solar projects, launching an eagerly-awaited incentive program just as the state’s market was showing signs of weakness. Regulators say the SMART program, which will be administered by the Department of Energy Resources, will save ratepayers an estimated $4.7 billion over current programs. It targets projects under 5 MW, particularly on rooftops, parking lots and landfills. [ read more … ]

Lawmakers approve more money for Energy Department than Trump wanted — again

By Dino Grandoni, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2018-10-01 04:33:47

Lawmakers and President Trump only recently settled on a package to fund most of the government through December, which the president is expected to sign this morning. But funding for the Department of Energy for the next 12 months — almost a record in Washington — has already been agreed to by boosting funds for the agency. Earlier this month, Congress sent the White House a spending package that boosts funding for the Department of Energy by $974 million to a total of $35.5 billion. [ read more … ]

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