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February 7, 2019

Top Stories

2018 Was 4th Warmest, but Next 5 Years Could Break Records

By Seth Borenstein. Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2019-02-07 04:30:52

While 2018 was the fourth-warmest year on record, British meteorologists are predicting the next five years will be much hotter, maybe even record-breaking. Two U.S. agencies, the United Kingdom Met Office and the World Meteorological Organization analyzed global temperatures in slightly different ways, but each came to the same conclusion Wednesday: 2018 was the fourth-warmest year on record behind 2016, 2015 and 2017.
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Moniz: ‘A 100% renewable system is not realistic’

Peter Behr and Christa Marshall, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2019-02-07 04:31:12

“I sure as hell hope that not only the Breakthrough Energy Coalition but all the other players gain from this report,” Moniz said, “because a key message of this report is, if we are to stay — and one can argue whether it’s stay or regain — pre-eminence in clean energy innovation, it’s going to take a rejuvenated alignment of a whole bunch of players in the innovation system, including governments at various levels, as well as the private sector, the investor community, the energy incumbents [and] the disrupters in the market.” [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Next step for House Dems: ‘Low-hanging fruit’

By Nick Sobczyk and George Cahlink, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2019-02-07 06:12:37

Democrats are looking to hit the ground running after their first climate change hearings yesterday, tackling potentially bipartisan efforts to promote weatherization and energy efficiency as they write a larger bill to reduce emissions. Rep. Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.), chairman of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change, said “it’ll be awhile” before his panel produces legislation, but there are already talks about how to move forward. [ read more … ]

Markey, Ocasio-Cortez lay down the ‘Green New Deal’

By Nick Sobczyk, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-02-07 06:12:54

Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) today made public their much-hyped “Green New Deal” resolution, laying down a formal marker for progressives pushing the ambitious policy platform. As expected, the nonbinding document calls for “a new national, social, industrial, and economic mobilization on a scale not seen since World War II and the New Deal era.” [ read more … ]

Lawmakers want Minnesota’s energy to be carbon-free by 2050

By Jessie Van Berkel, Minneapolis Star Tribune  •    •  Posted 2019-02-07 04:31:50

Legislators want to make Minnesota the fourth state in the country to set a 100 percent clean energy plan, with the aim of having electricity providers generate all energy from renewable sources by 2050. “Business as usual and relying on markets is not going to get the job done in time. The crisis is urgent,” said the measure’s sponsor, Rep. Jamie Long, D-Minneapolis. [ read more … ]

Scotland and New Jersey to share offshore wind ‘best practice’

By David McPhee, Energy Voice  •    •  Posted 2019-02-07 04:32:39

Scotland and the US state of New Jersey are to share offshore wind “best practice”, thanks to an agreement signed by the first minister. Nicola Sturgeon has inked a joint climate change agreement with Governor of New Jersey Phil Murphy focusing on the role of offshore wind in decarbonising the energy sector. [ read more … ]

Ohio governor taps wind critic Randazzo as utility commission chair

By Gavin Bade, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2019-02-07 04:32:57

Ohio Gov. Doug DeWine, R, on Monday, named energy attorney and lobbyist Samuel Randazzo as the new chairman of the Public Utility Commission of Ohio (PUCO), sparking criticism from renewable energy advocates and environmentalists. Randazzo, a former lobbyist for industrial energy consumers, has worked against wind development in Ohio for years and helped craft a 2014 state law that froze renewable energy and efficiency standards. In a 2018 report, he wrote renewable resources “don’t show up to work” and criticized the “excess investment” of utility grid modernization initiatives and the cost-of-service regulatory model. [ read more … ]

DOE rolls back Obama-era lightbulb standards

Christa Marshall, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-02-07 04:33:52

The Energy Department released a plan today that would rescind lightbulb standards projected to save double the energy of any other efficiency regulation in history. The notice of proposed rulemaking, which has not yet been published in the Federal Register, would nullify Obama-era rules that would have expanded the types of lighting covered by stricter efficiency levels. Those higher levels were set to take effect in January 2020, according to federal law. [ read more … ]

What the U.S. can learn from China — and vice versa

David Iaconangelo, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-02-07 04:38:29

The United States could build on what it knows about creating a network of charging stations for electric vehicles by paying attention to what China’s doing. The flip of that is true for China’s top policy people, said Columbia University researchers in a new paper. The Columbia report compared how the charging industry is developing in the two biggest EV markets in the world, the United States and China. Led by David Sandalow, a former Energy Department official in the Obama administration who worked closely with China on energy issues, the Columbia team based its research on interviews with more than 50 people in the industry in both countries. [ read more … ]

Twitter Spat Erupts as FERC Chair Scolds Colleagues for Post

By Chris Martin, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2019-02-07 04:34:17

“I do not discuss the commission’s internal deliberations with the public,” FERC Chairman Neil Chatterjee said Tuesday on Twitter. “Doing so would be highly inappropriate.” Chatterjee was responding to an earlier tweet from the agency’s two Democratic commissioners. Richard Glick and Cheryl LaFleur said they were “disappointed that the commission failed to act” on an offshore wind project’s request for an important waiver. [ read more … ]

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