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November 6, 2018

Top Stories

The hottest fight in American politics? Arizona’s smackdown over solar power.

By Steven Mufson, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2018-11-06 04:35:43

The battle — which has already cost nearly $54.7 million, or about $11.50 for every eligible voter — is over solar power. A ballot initiative would amend the Arizona constitution to require electric utilities to use renewable energy for 50 percent of their power generation by 2035. With its abundance of sunshine, that should be an easy reach for Arizona. Yet the state gets only 6 percent of its energy from the sun.
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On climate change, Trump disavows his own scientists, government

By Amy Harder, Andrew Freedman, Axios  •    •  Posted 2018-11-06 04:36:13

When “Axios on HBO” interviewed President Trump last week, one goal was to get him to reckon with his own government’s scientific findings, which unequivocally state that global warming is nearly entirely caused by humans. We thought it might be harder to dismiss the science if we showed him his own administration’s most comprehensive report. We were wrong. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Chatterjee blasts Clean Power Plan, praises EPA replacement in filed comments

By Gavin Bade, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2018-11-06 04:36:49

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Neil Chatterjee filed comments last weekcriticizing the Obama administration’s proposed carbon regulations for the power sector and praising the White House’s plan to replace them with a less stringent rule. The Obama Clean Power Plan (CPP) could have threatened electricity reliability as originally proposed, Chatterjee wrote, and overstepped EPA’s authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. The EPA’s proposed replacement, Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule, “cure[s] some of the potential deficiencies,” he wrote. [ read more … ]

Va. regulators approve $300M Dominion pilot project

David Iaconangelo, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-11-06 04:37:03

Virginia regulators approved Dominion Energy’s plans for what could be the nation’s second offshore wind farm Friday but said they would not have done so if the state Legislature hadn’t created a mandate for the project. The $300 million, two-turbine, 12-megawatt Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) project is slated to come online in December 2020, as the forerunner to a commercial-scale wind farm being planned by Dominion. [ read more … ]

Philadelphia proposes big solar farm as part of energy plan

By Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2018-11-06 04:37:23

Philadelphia plans to purchase energy from a large new solar farm to be built as part of its plan to use renewable energy for all operations by 2030. City Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown introduced a bill Thursday that will allow the city to package a deal between the Philadelphia Energy Authority and Adams Solar LLC. [ read more … ]

Schwarzenegger to CNN’s Axelrod: Environmentalists doing a terrible job selling climate change concerns

By Joe Concha, The Hill  •    •  Posted 2018-11-06 04:37:38

“Environmentalists have done a terrible job in selling this,” Schwarzenegger said. “Because the more they talk about global climate change, which no one understands what that is, they talk about what’s going to happen 20 years from now, and the sea level rising and the polar bear and all of these kind of things. No one cares about that when you want to have a job and you want to bring food on the table today,” he continued. “But what people care about is if you say, ‘This is going to cause cancer. This is going to make your child have asthma early on.'” [ read more … ]

Justices OK climate case, but kids have long way to go

Benjamin Hulac, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-11-06 04:37:53

The Supreme Court on Friday lifted the hold on a climate lawsuit brought by a group of young Americans against the federal government, ending the legal purgatory that the case had been stuck in for weeks. The Trump administration had sought to scuttle the case, arguing that it was based on “unprecedented” legal concepts, including a constitutional right to safe climate conditions. [ read more … ]

Midwest policy shifts create turbulent smart grid job market

By Kevin Stark, Energy News Network/Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2018-11-06 04:38:07

The Midwest lost smart grid jobs between 2016 and 2017, a dip analysts attributed to part of an ebb and flow caused by state and local policy changes. The region shed about 1,000 energy storage, grid management and microgrid positions, according to data from the U.S. Energy and Employment Report. [ read more … ]

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