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November 15, 2018

Top Stories

America’s Wind Farms Are Ready to Go It Alone

By Chris Martin and Jim Efstathiou Jr, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2018-11-15 04:45:49

For a quarter-century, the industry has been supported by federal tax credits that helped it attract $250 billion in investments and create 100,000 jobs, according to the American Wind Energy Association. That support ends next year, but analysts and executives say the credits have done what they were supposed to do: make the industry competitive. [ read more … ]

Renewables surge. Why that won’t stop warming

Benjamin Storrow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-11-15 04:46:12

Renewable energy is now cheaper than natural gas and coal in parts of the United States. The only problem: Cheap renewables may not be enough to stop the world from warming to dangerously high levels. The dynamic is outlined in a pair of recent reports. The first, by the financial advisory firm Lazard Frères & Co. LLC, finds wind and solar costs have declined by 69 percent and 88 percent, respectively, over the last nine years. In some parts of America, renewables don’t need subsidies to outcompete fossil fuels. That should be music to the ears of climate hawks. Yet the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) annual World Energy Outlook outlines the scope of the challenge facing greens. The agency projects global energy demand will rise 25 percent through 2040 if it stays on its current trajectory. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Governors cite benefits of single national power grid

By Colin A. Young State House News Service   •    •  Posted 2018-11-15 04:46:51

“Modernizing the nation’s electrical transmission and distribution system is as important to our states’ economic development today as creating the nation’s interstate highway system was 60 years ago,” the governors wrote. “It is nearly impossible to transmit electricity among the nation’s three major grids — Eastern Interconnection, Western Interconnection, and Electric Reliability Council of Texas. As a result, very little electricity moves among these regions, further weakening the reliability of the nation’s overall transmission system.” [ read more … ]

DOE to fund ‘Coal FIRST’ initiative, critics say it’s political not practical

By Robert Walton, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2018-11-15 04:47:47

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy intends to fund competitive research and development of next-generation coal facilities in Fiscal Year 2019, as part of the federal government’s ongoing efforts to support the struggling coal industry. DOE dubbed its efforts the Coal FIRST (Flexible, Innovative, Resilient, Small and Transformative) initiative. The agency said it envisions a coal fleet of small units, sized 50 MW to 350 MW, with high efficiency and close-to-zero emissions. [ read more … ]

Invenergy to buy Grain Belt Express transmission line project

By Veselina Petrova, Renewables Now  •    •  Posted 2018-11-15 04:48:01

Invenergy LLC on Monday announced plans to buy the development assets of Clean Line Energy Partners’ Grain Belt Express transmission line project. The Grain Belt Express Clean Line project is planned to deliver up to 4 GW of wind power produced in Kansas to states in the eastern US. The 780-mile (1,255 km) overhead power line is planned to transport up to 500 MW of wind power from western Kansas into Missouri and up to 3,500 MW to states farther east. Regulators in Kansas, Illinois, Missouri and Indiana have already endorsed the scheme, the investment in which is estimated at USD 2.3 billion (EUR 2bn). [ read more … ]

New wave of Democratic attorneys general vow to fight Trump’s energy agenda

By Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner  •    •  Posted 2018-11-15 04:47:31

Democrats claimed a majority of state attorneys general offices in the midterm elections, a victory that will bolster an already aggressive effort by progressive lawyers to combat President Trump’s deregulatory agenda, particularly his plans for energy policy. Incoming Democratic attorneys general in Colorado, Michigan, Nevada, and Wisconsin promised in their campaigns to protect their state’s air and water from what they view as irresponsible and illegal actions by the Trump administration to roll back President Barack Obama’s agenda to mitigate climate change. [ read more … ]

VW could roll out $21,000 e-car to challenge Tesla

By Christoph Rauwald, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2018-11-15 06:33:07

Volkswagen AG plans to add a subcompact crossover costing about €18,000 ($21,000) to its all-electric I.D. range, expanding its lineup of zero-emissions vehicles that are more affordable than those of Tesla Inc., according to people familiar with the matter. The entry level vehicle may be built at VW’s factory in Emden, Germany, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the plan hasn’t received final approval by the manufacturer’s supervisory board. Sales could start sometime after 2020, and the company expects to sell about 200,000 per year, they said. [ read more … ]

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