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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

December 21, 2018

Today’s Wind & Solar Energy News will not publish during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.  It resumes on Thursday, January 3, 2019.  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Top Story

There is now a bipartisan carbon tax bill in the Senate

Nick Sobczyk, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-12-21 04:29:07

The first bipartisan carbon tax bill in a decade now has a late-breaking Senate companion. Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) and outgoing Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) introduced yesterday the Senate version of the “Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act,” the House bill floated last month by Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.) and other members of the Climate Solutions Caucus. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

A 21,000% Gain Shows Sky-High Value of Offshore Wind Leases

By Chris Martin, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2018-12-21 04:29:25

An Italian construction company just sold its lease to develop a wind farm in waters off the New Jersey coast for $215 million, about 21,000 percent more than it paid only three years ago. Toto Holding SpA’s U.S. Wind unit, which paid about $1 million for the lease off Atlantic City in 2015, resold it to Electricite de France SA, which plans to develop the site though a joint venture with Royal Dutch Shell Plc. It’s the latest sign European energy giants are eager to build wind farms off the U.S. East Coast. Companies including Orsted A/S and Equinor ASA have invested in leases for sites from Massachusetts to Virginia as states offer incentives and the costs of installing massive turbines at sea fall. [ read more … ]

In N.J., a pilot project’s failure underscores new industry phase

David Iaconangelo, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-12-21 04:29:42

A twice-frustrated offshore wind pilot proposed for waters near Atlantic City may have died a final death this week, after New Jersey’s utility regulator denied its application for a third time. The Board of Public Utilities (BPU) said in an order Tuesday that the price of the three-turbine, 25-megawatt Nautilus pilot project was too high and the benefits too weakly substantiated, siding with the testimony of the state’s ratepayer advocate. [ read more … ]

Lawmakers push bipartisan storage bill trio

Christa Marshall, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-12-21 04:31:02

House lawmakers introduced a trio of bills last week to boost energy storage technologies, which are viewed as critical for increasing renewable power. Reps. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) and Chris Collins (R-N.Y.) released H.R. 7312, which would make loan guarantees available for battery storage technologies, and H.R. 7311, which would push electric utilities to include storage in their planning. [ read more … ]

Protests greet FERC commissioner McNamee at first meeting

Jeremy Dillon, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-12-21 04:29:58

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission today welcomed its newest member, Bernard McNamee, amid protests calling for his recusal over concerns he may not remain impartial with agenda items related to grid resilience. McNamee’s first commission meeting today brought the panel to its full complement of five members, although former Chairman Kevin McIntyre was not in attendance for the last meeting of the year as he struggles with health-related problems.
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In Nebraska, a unique carbon-capture concept has a lot of unknowns

By Karen Uhlenhuth, Energy News  •    •  Posted 2018-12-21 04:30:38

In November, the Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) announced a partnership with Finland’s Lappeenranta University of Technology and Wärtsilä, a Finnish manufacturer, to explore using that company’s technology to generate electricity from methanol, which would be synthesized by combining hydrogen and carbon dioxide. While a news release touts the study as intending to help “accelerate the move towards a future where energy will be produced from 100 percent renewable carbon free sources,” NPPD does not yet know whether any carbon reduction benefits will result. [ read more … ]

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