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December 10, 2018

Top Story

Senate confirms McNamee, and challenges await

Rod Kuckro, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-12-10 04:19:57

McNamee’s approval gives FERC a full complement of commissioners for the first time since Powelson’s departure. He joins Chairman Neil Chatterjee and Commissioner Kevin McIntyre, both Republicans in the agency’s majority. The other two commissioners are Cheryl LaFleur and Richard Glick, both Democrats. Chatterjee welcomed “Bernie to the commission,” saying his “knowledge and experience will serve the commission well.” [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

The U.S. Just Became a Net Oil Exporter for the First Time in 75 Years

By Javier Blas, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2018-12-10 04:20:16

America turned into a net oil exporter last week, breaking almost 75 years of continued dependence on foreign oil and marking a pivotal — even if likely brief — moment toward what U.S. President Donald Trump has branded as “energy independence.” The shift to net exports is the dramatic result of an unprecedented boom in American oil production, with thousands of wells pumping from the Permian region of Texas and New Mexico to the Bakken in North Dakota to the Marcellus in Pennsylvania. While the country has been heading in that direction for years, this week’s dramatic shift came as data showed a sharp drop in imports and a jump in exports to a record high. Given the volatility in weekly data, the U.S. will likely remain a small net importer most of the time. [ read more … ]

Justin Trudeau Is Facing a Carbon Tax Backlash. He’s Not Alone.

By Ian Austen, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2018-12-10 04:21:30

In Canada, a meeting this week between the country’s premiers and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was preceded by vocal opposition from the leaders of Ontario and Saskatchewan over plans to impose a federal carbon tax in their provinces. And as the world’s environment ministers meet this month in Poland for follow-up talks on the Paris climate accord, many of the signatories — Canada included — remain far off-course on the goals of the agreement. [ read more … ]

Even EPA doubts weakened coal rules will spur struggling industry

Benjamin Storrow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-12-10 04:21:54

A tiny 17-megawatt power plant at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, is currently the only coal-fired plant on the drawing board in America — and EPA’s proposed loosening of emissions standards yesterday to help President Trump’s favorite fuel source is unlikely to change that. EPA itself acknowledges that. [ read more … ]

Calif. first state to mandate solar power for new homes

By Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2018-12-10 04:22:14

California has become the first state in the nation to require that homes built in 2020 and later be solar-powered, following a vote by the Building Standards Commission. The unanimous action on Wednesday finalizes a previous vote by the Energy Commission and fulfills a decade-old goal to make the state reliant on cleaner energy. [ read more … ]

Op-Ed: The Republican Solution to Climate Change Should Be Clean Energy

By Pasquale DiFrancesco, Morning Consult  •    •  Posted 2018-12-10 04:22:33

Clean energy is competitive. Recent analysis shows major clean energy sources such as wind and solar are competitive with, if not outright cheaper than, conventional resources like coal and nuclear. Newer technologies such as battery storage and small nuclear reactors are also demonstrating great promise in terms of their ability to compete and lower costs for consumers. [ read more … ]

‘This smells’: Agency under fire over solar grant announcement

Christa Marshall, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-12-10 04:22:46

The Department of Energy is slamming allegations that a decision to cancel and reissue a $46 million solar grant announcement this year was politically motivated and intended to steer money toward favored applicants. The charge surfaced after DOE nixed part of a funding opportunity in April to integrate solar onto the grid, but then pulled it days before recipients were to be announced in September. [ read more … ]

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