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December 18, 2018

Top Story

Senators want BOEM to get fishermen’s input on projects

By Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2018-12-18 04:30:57

Democratic Sens. Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Sheldon Whitehouse and Jack Reed of Rhode Island have asked the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management to adopt policies for the offshore wind leasing and permitting process that bring fishermen and other marine stakeholders into the conversation early, to minimize spatial conflicts and reduce the risk of economic harm to the fishing industry. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

New York PSC sets state’s energy storage target at 3 GW by 2030

By Peter Maloney, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2018-12-18 04:31:28

The New York Public Service Commission (PSC) on Thursday approved two initiatives aimed at combating climate change:¬†an ambitious energy storage target and the acceleration of progress toward meeting the state’s energy efficiency goals. The PSC set an energy storage goal of 3,000 MW by 2030 with an interim goal of 1,500 MW by 2025, as well as a new energy efficiency target for the state’s investor-owned utilities that aims to more than double utility energy efficiency reductions by 2025. [ read more … ]

Carbon cutters look beyond the power sector in 2019

Benjamin Storrow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-12-18 04:35:05

Cities and states have trumpeted their climate ambitions ever since President Trump took office. Two years later, they have little to show for their efforts except bravado. That could change in 2019. In recent weeks, city and state leaders have unveiled a bevy of legislative proposals aimed at curbing carbon emissions. The proposals are especially notable because they target sectors like transportation and buildings, which have previously eluded would-be carbon cutters.
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Ed Markey lays out his plan for the next Congress

Nick Sobczyk, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-12-18 04:35:46

Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) today staked out his path on climate change in the next Congress, piling on to the growing coalition of progressives calling for aggressive action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In an op-ed published this morning in The Boston Globe, Markey said the midterm elections were a “green wave” that could help “move America toward more forward-thinking energy policy and combat global warming. [ read more … ]

Renewables advocate to lead New Mexico energy agency

By Morgan Lee, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2018-12-18 04:36:05

A professional advocate for the renewable energy industry was appointed Friday to lead the New Mexico state agency overseeing oil well permits and incentives for wind and solar energy production, in a striking departure from the current Republican-led administration. New Mexico Gov.-elect Michelle Lujan Grisham announced her first three Cabinet appointments, emphasizing efforts to expand the clean-energy economy in a state that relies heavily on oil and gas production for public spending. [ read more … ]

Western Colo. cities expect big savings from the sun

By Amy Hamilton, Daily Sentinel  •    •  Posted 2018-12-18 04:36:19

Don’t let the chilly air and shorter days fool you: Hundreds of solar panels located off Interstate 70 near Palisade are working just fine. Come January, the 12-acre solar garden will go online and fully offset electricity costs for Palisade, saving the town an estimated $1.2 million over the next 20 years. [ read more … ]

‘Sun in a box’? Designing for 100% clean power, no emissions

Christa Marshall, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-12-18 04:36:33

Scientists are developing a device dubbed “sun in a box” that they say could revolutionize energy storage and slash greenhouse gas emissions by bringing large amounts of renewable power online. Described this month in the journal Energy & Environmental Science, the design could power a small city of about 100,000 houses with renewable energy, according to researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Georgia Institute of Technology. [ read more … ]

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