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October 15, 2018

Top Stories

See Ya McNamee

By By KELSEY TAMBORRINO  •    •  Posted 2018-10-15 04:22:38

The Senate skipped town Thursday until after the election — leaving FERC nominee Bernard McNamee to wait for his turn before the Energy and Natural Resources Committee. McNamee, the Energy Department’s policy chief, had been scheduled to testify at his confirmation hearing on Tuesday, less than two weeks after President Donald Trump tapped him for the fifth FERC seat. [ read more … ]

Largest wind project in hemisphere approved for New Mexico, but transmission tie in limbo

By Gavin Bade, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2018-10-15 04:23:32

The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (PRC) last week unanimously approved what could be the largest wind farm in the Western Hemisphere, but a key transmission line meant to serve it remains in limbo. In a 4-0 vote Oct. 5, the PRC approved Pattern Energy’s 2.2 GW Corona Wind Project, continuing a recent boom for the resource in New Mexico. But last month, the commission also rejected a 520-mile transmission line proposal from developer SunZia that would carry Corona’s power to California markets. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Republican climate hawks hope dire UN report will sway skeptics

By Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner  •    •  Posted 2018-10-13 07:27:29

Republican climate hawks in Congress say they can overcome the dismissiveness of others in their party, including President Trump, who reject, doubt, and mock a new United Nations report that warns the worst impacts of global warming are coming faster, and harder, than previously thought. “People who speak that way will soon be recognized as part of a fringe movement,” Rep. Carlos Curbelo, R-Fla., told the Washington Examiner in an interview. [ read more … ]

PJM CEO urges FERC to move on resilience as Trump coal bailout looms

By Gavin Bade, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2018-10-15 04:23:53

The CEO of the PJM Interconnection on Thursday called on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to move ahead with its proceeding on grid resilience, telling a Senate hearing that a market-based rule would be preferable to a bailout for coal and nuclear plants planned by the White House. “We really need to move forward with some of these issues of paying resources for their reserve characteristics and paying them for their fuel security characteristics,” Andrew Ott, president and CEO of PJM, told the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. [ read more … ]

New York to invest $40M in solar energy storage technology

By The Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2018-10-15 04:24:38

The money will support solar power projects around the state that are designed to ensure energy derived from the sun can be stored for use when demand is greatest. That can reduce the need for other, less environmentally friendly forms of power. [ read more … ]

Google: Powering data centers with clean energy 24/7 ‘no easy feat’

By Robert Walton, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2018-10-15 04:25:17

Google issued a white paper Wednesday examining the energy used to run its data centers, concluding that while it has purchased 2.6 GW of renewable capacity, more than sufficient to cover its demands for clean energy, the resources are not fully aligned with when the electricity can be delivered. The internet giant reached its 100% renewable energy purchasing goal on a global and annual basis last year, but says it will now tackle the “much more challenging” long-term goal of powering operations on a region-specific, 24/7 basis with clean, zero-carbon energy. [ read more … ]

Govt. strategy in kids’ climate case: Don’t attack science

Benjamin Hulac, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-10-15 04:25:00

Court records and statements from Justice Department experts indicate the government intends to argue at the proceedings in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon that the plaintiffs do not have legal standing to bring the case. DOJ will argue that the government’s climate and energy policies cannot be directly tied to the harms that the young Americans allege they have suffered; that the government has not undermined plaintiffs’ rights; and that, even if the government has harmed the plaintiffs, fixing that damage is infeasible. [ read more … ]

 

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