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December 14, 2018

Top Story

Offshore Wind Bonanza Draws Bidding War in Record-Setting Sale

By Jennifer A Dlouhy, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2018-12-14 04:48:28

Companies competed Thursday for the opportunity to install wind turbines in Atlantic waters off Massachusetts in an auction that shattered records even as it headed toward a second day of frenzied bidding. After 24 rounds of sealed bidding, companies had already pledged $285 million toward the three offshore wind leases that are up for grabs — more than six times the previous high-water mark: Norwegian energy company Equinor ASA’s $42.47 million bid in 2016 for the rights to build an offshore wind farm near New York. [ read more … ]

U.S. offshore wind lease bids at $285 million, will continue on Friday

By Nichola Groom, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2018-12-14 04:48:43

A U.S. government auction for three wind leases off the coast of Massachusetts was on track to blow through a previous sale record on Thursday, with bids standing at combined $285 million after 24 rounds. The bidding, which took place over nine hours on Thursday, will continue on Friday morning, the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management said. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

The Oil Industry’s Covert Campaign to Rewrite American Car Emissions Rules

By Hiroko Tabuchi, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2018-12-14 04:48:57

When the Trump administration laid out a plan this year that would eventually allow cars to emit more pollution, automakers, the obvious winners from the proposal, balked. The changes, they said, went too far even for them. But it turns out that there was a hidden beneficiary of the plan that was pushing for the changes all along: the nation’s oil industry. [ read more … ]

Study: EPA endangerment finding looks even better with age

Niina Heikkinen, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-12-14 04:50:12

“Since 2009, the amount, diversity, and sophistication of the evidence have increased dramatically, clearly strengthening the case for endangerment,” said the report. “New evidence about the extent, severity, and interconnectedness of impacts detected to date and projected for the future reinforces the case that climate change may reasonably be anticipated to endanger the health and welfare of current and future generations,” the authors concluded. [ read more … ]

First major offshore wind project in jeopardy of being blocked

By David Abel, Boston Globe  •    •  Posted 2018-12-14 04:49:21

The warming waters south of Cape Cod have decimated the region’s lobster fishery. But it’s an ambitious effort to fight climate change that has lobstermen like Lanny Dillinger concerned for their livelihoods. Dillinger worries that the nation’s first major offshore wind farm, planned for the waters between Martha’s Vineyard and Block Island — a $2 billion project that will set precedents for the future of wind power in the United States — will transform the area into a maze of turbines and make it too treacherous to fish. [ read more … ]

Dems continue push for McNamee recusal

Jeremy Dillon, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-12-14 04:49:50

Fresh off a partisan confirmation vote, newly sworn-in Federal Energy Regulatory Commission member Bernard McNamee is facing more calls for his recusal from potential policies to aid struggling coal and nuclear power plants that may appear before the panel. [ read more … ]

As More Cars Plug In, Utilities and Makers Juggle Ways to Power Them

By Paul Stenquist, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2018-12-14 04:50:37

The car and electric power grew up together. At the dawn of the automotive age, Henry Ford and Thomas Edison worked in tandem on projects involving motor vehicles and the electricity that made them possible. Soon Ford was cranking up his assembly lines, while Edison, with Ford in his employ early on, became a prime mover behind the power grid and the public utility companies that built it. Now those utilities must not only supply the huge amounts of electricity that modern car factories consume, but also fuel the increasing number of electric vehicles coming out of them. [ read more … ]

Why 2020 candidates will be talking a lot more about climate change

By Dino Grandoni, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2018-12-14 06:33:13

The next presidential election is nearly two years away. But it’s already clear that climate change will be a higher-profile issue in the 2020 race than it was in the previous presidential contest. That’s not exactly a high bar to hurdle. As climate activists like to point out, global warming was barely mentioned once in the three debates between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. [ read more … ]

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