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December 7, 2018

Top Story

Senate confirms FERC pick

Jeremy Dillon, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-12-07 04:48:43

President Trump’s pick to fill out the last open spot on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission earned Senate confirmation today as Republicans stuck together to move the nomination on a 50-49 party-line vote. Bernard McNamee, the executive director of the Department of Energy’s Office of Policy, may now join the commission, although it remains unclear when he will officially be sworn in. McNamee will serve under a term expiring June 30, 2020. [ read more … ]

Manchin cites climate change for FERC flip

Jeremy Dillon, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-12-07 04:49:26

West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin withdrew support for a controversial Federal Energy Regulatory Commission nominee last evening over concerns President Trump’s pick wasn’t serious enough about climate. Manchin’s change of heart — compared with his support of FERC nominee Bernard McNamee in committee — comes amid a series of environmental group complaints against the coal-state lawmaker (Greenwire, Nov. 27). They say he should not take over as ranking member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee should Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) cede her position [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Trump Lifting Hurdle to Coal Plants No One Wants to Clear

By Jennifer A Dlouhy, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2018-12-07 06:35:47

The Trump administration is trying to remove a key barrier to constructing new coal-fired power plants in the U.S. — but don’t expect any utilities to actually build them. The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday proposed easing Obama-era limits on carbon dioxide emissions from new and modified coal power plants, including a change that would remove a de facto requirement to use expensive carbon-capture technology at the sites. [ read more … ]

Wheeler: ‘We will encourage cleaner coal worldwide’

Niina Heikkinen, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-12-07 06:35:15

Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler says EPA’s move to scale back an Obama-era rule for power plants could help encourage global adoption of clean coal technology. Wheeler today announced the Trump administration’s plans to replace EPA’s New Source Performance Standards for carbon emissions from new and modified power plants. [ read more … ]

Mo. legislators dismiss climate change as a policy priority

Jeffrey Tomich, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-12-07 04:50:03

Leaders of Missouri’s House and Senate committees that oversee utilities provided a sneak preview on issues that could be addressed during the upcoming legislative session that starts in January. One issue clearly not on the list of concerns: climate change. [ read more … ]

Iowa approves 591 MW wind for MidAmerican, environmentalists say utility’s portfolio is ‘misleading’

By Robert Walton, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2018-12-07 06:34:15

The Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) has approved MidAmerican Energy’s 591 MW Wind XII project, which the utility hails as a major milestone in its work to provide customers with a cleaner energy mix. The utility says the new green resources will allow it to produce renewable energy equal to 100% of its customers’ annual usage. But MidAmerican will still need its large coal fleet to meet customers’ demand at times when the wind isn’t blowing, and environmental advocates have called the company’s 100% renewables claims “misleading.” [ read more … ]

Xcel sets new bar in clean energy efforts

Rod Kuckro, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-12-07 06:34:29

Xcel Energy Inc. is setting an ambitious example for the nation’s electric utilities with its pledge Monday to deliver 100 percent carbon-free electricity to its more than 3.3 million customers by 2050. The Minneapolis-based company also announced plans to reduce carbon emissions 80 percent by 2030, from 2005 levels, in the eight states it serves — Colorado, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas and Wisconsin. [ read more … ]

Green Deal

Schumer creates litmus test for infrastructure package

Jeremy Dillon, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-12-07 06:33:41

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) is angling to ensure that measures to address climate change are a central component of any potential bipartisan infrastructure package eyed by President Trump. Schumer’s intentions — appearing in a letter sent to the White House yesterday and an op-ed appearing today in The Washington Post — represent some of the strongest policy positions the New York Democrat has taken on climate change since assuming his leadership position this Congress. [ read more … ]

Senate braces for ‘Green New Deal’ fervor

Geof Koss and Nick Sobczyk, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2018-12-07 04:49:44

The 116th Congress doesn’t start for another month, but senators from both parties are already calculating the legislative impact from a renewed focus on climate change that will accompany the incoming House Democratic majority. For Republicans, climate change will factor into negotiations with their House counterparts on a host of issues, including upcoming debates on infrastructure, taxes, spending and defense, not to mention energy and environmental policies. [ read more … ]

‘Green New Deal’ is ‘aspirational’ — Carper

Nick Sobczyk, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-12-07 06:34:48

House progressives have been talking up a “Green New Deal” platform, with the goal of getting to 100 percent renewable energy in a decade, but Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) today offered a dose of skepticism. “As an aspirational goal, is that a good goal? Yes, it is,” the Environment and Public Works Committee ranking member told reporters. “Is it all that realistic? Probably not in the environment where we work. Certainly not now. [ read more … ]


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