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February 6, 2019

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Trump leaves infrastructure details to Congress

By Geof Koss and Nick Sobczyk, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2019-02-06 06:27:57

Although the White House signaled that infrastructure would be a major component of the speech, Trump devoted just a handful of lines to the issue. “I know that the Congress is eager to pass an infrastructure bill — and I am eager to work with you on legislation to deliver new and important infrastructure investment, including investments in the cutting-edge industries of the future,” Trump said in the one-hour, 20-odd minute address. “This is not an option. This is a necessity.” [ read more … ]

Draft of Green New Deal Calls for Jobs But Omits Ban on Fossil Fuel

By Ari Natter and Katia Dmitrieva, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2019-02-06 04:35:10

Guaranteed jobs, health care, and housing are in a draft of the Green New Deal environmental package set to be unveiled by Democrats this week, but the proposal doesn’t explicitly include the ban on fossil fuels called for by some supporters. Instead, the draft of the much anticipated resolution being crafted by Democrats Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a New York representative, and Ed Markey, a Massachusetts senator, calls for 100 percent power from “clean, renewable and zero emission energy sources.” While the proposal calls for reaching “net-zero greenhouse gas emissions,” it omits specific language sought by some progressives, who could feel betrayed after rallying behind the plan at an early stage. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Op-Ed: An Energy Wish List for Congress

By Justin Gillis and Hal Harvey, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2019-02-06 04:35:26

In the House, newly empowered Democrats are eager to tackle climate change, but as long as Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, controls the Senate calendar, getting a sweeping climate bill through that body will be impossible. So, even as Democrats work to take control of the Senate in the 2020 election, they ought to engage with Ms. Murkowski to try to get a reasonable measure out of Congress — and to keep it focused on clean energy. In a promising beginning, the energy committee is scheduled to hold a hearing on Thursday to examine the status and outlook for energy innovation. What, then, ought to be in this year’s energy bill? Here are some ideas that should appeal to both parties. [ read more … ]

Committee approves Wheeler, other bills and nominees

Kevin Bogardus, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-02-06 04:36:03

Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler cleared one hurdle today as he moves toward full Senate confirmation to lead the agency. The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee approved Wheeler’s nomination as head of EPA on a party-line 11-10 vote. [ read more … ]

DOE to fund $28 million for floating offshore wind turbines research

By Kirk Moore, Work Boat  •    •  Posted 2019-02-06 04:36:34

The U.S. Department of Energy will spend up to $28 million to foster new technology designs for a future generation of lighter weight, more powerful floating offshore wind energy turbines. In theory U.S. offshore wind energy potential is estimated to be equivalent to 1 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, but “nearly 60% of that wind energy—the equivalent of the entire U.S. annual electricity consumption—blows across waters more than 200 feet deep, an area that cannot be economically accessed today.” [ read more … ]

Michigan Gov cites extreme weather, Consumers gas shortage in signing clean energy order

By Catherine Morehouse, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2019-02-06 04:36:57

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, D, on Monday committed her state to the U.S. goal under the Paris Climate Agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 26-28% below 2005 levels by 2025. The commitment was one of three executive orders from Whitmer on energy and environmental policy. In a speech before signing, Whitmer noted the urgency of the orders in the context of record low temperatures last week, which became more concerning after a fire at a Consumers Energy natural gas compressor station that limited fuel supplies to the region. [ read more … ]

Polar vortex reveals growing role for gas in Midwest

Jeffrey Tomich and Hannah Northey, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2019-02-06 04:37:24

Once just thought of as heating fuel for Midwestern homes, natural gas stepped up and played a larger role by helping stabilize the power grid during last week’s deep freeze. As of last Wednesday evening, as subzero temperatures gripped much of the Midwest, there was more than 32 gigawatts of gas generation running on the Midcontinent Independent System Operator’s power grid, according to MISO data. [ read more … ]

Schumer offers clean energy lawyer for FERC — sources

By Rod Kuckro and Hannah Northey, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2019-02-06 04:37:38

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has recommended Allison Clements, a well-known energy lawyer, to replace Cheryl LaFleur on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, according to sources familiar with the decision. Clements, currently the director of clean energy markets at the Energy Foundation, has a long history of providing clarity to clean energy groups and the public on complicated policies and rulemakings at FERC. [ read more … ]


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