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February 12, 2019

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Senators press regulators on rooftop solar, storage guidance

By Jeremy Dillon, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-02-12 06:12:26

A group of 18 Senate Democrats yesterday renewed calls for the nation’s energy regulators to finalize an order to open wholesale electric markets to aggregated distributed energy resources. In a letter to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Neil Chatterjee, the lawmakers argued the finalized guidance would help put in place policies that bolster grid resilience and flexibility through power sources like rooftop solar and energy storage devices. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Illinois clean energy backers split over how to expand renewables

Jeffrey Tomich, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-02-12 04:19:08

Two years after Illinois passed the Future Energy Jobs Act, a sweeping bill that authorized nuclear subsidies and spurred new investments in wind and solar energy, the energy policy debate is brewing again. Environmental groups and renewable energy developers have the same goal — one shared by Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker — of advancing toward a 100 percent clean energy future. But at least for now, the two camps have different ideas of how to get there. [ read more … ]

Mich. governor names clean energy advocate to PSC

By Jeffrey Tomich, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-02-12 04:19:57

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) on Friday appointed clean energy advocate Dan Scripps to fill a vacancy on the Public Service Commission. Scripps is currently Midwest policy program director for the San Francisco-based Energy Foundation, a national clean energy advocacy group. He previously served as president of the Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council and as a Democratic state representative. [ read more … ]

Despite fierce weather, Nebraska avoids climate change plan

By Grant Schulte, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2019-02-12 04:20:18

Nebraska state lawmakers and conservationists who have seen a major drought, historic flooding and gigantic wildfires over the last decade are pushing to prepare the state for climate change, but if history is an indicator, legislators won’t be warming to the idea anytime soon. Nebraska is one of seven Plains states that haven’t created a formal plan to confront the local impact of more extreme weather, bucking the trend of 33 others and the District of Columbia that have done so since the mid-2000s. [ read more … ]

N.Y. regulators approve $32M fast-charger plan

David Iaconangelo, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-02-12 04:20:35

New York utilities won approval from regulators last week to install more than 1,000 fast-charger plugs for electric vehicles, setting the stage for charger providers to expand their business in the state. With authorization from the New York Public Service Commission on Thursday, utilities can spend almost $32 million to install up to 1,074 fast chargers for public use. The seven-year program allows utilities to recoup their costs from ratepayers.
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Chicago scion pledges to make city carbon neutral by 2050

Daniel Cusick, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-02-12 04:20:54

Climate change is on the ballot in this month’s Chicago mayoral election. William Daley, the former White House chief of staff who once observed that making global warming a frontline campaign issue was political suicide, has championed climate action as a candidate to run the nation’s third-largest city. [ read more … ]

Climate plan sparks debate over cars, planes

By Maxine Joselow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-02-12 04:21:13

Eliminate air travel. End the internal combustion engine. Those are two of the most controversial proposals in a fact sheet accompanying the “Green New Deal” resolution released last week by Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.). Indeed, the landmark climate resolution is fostering an intense debate about the future of the nation’s cars, trucks, planes, boats and other methods of getting around. [ read more … ]

GOP ads target Democrats over ‘Green New Deal’

By Manuel Quiñones, E&E News reporte  •    •  Posted 2019-02-12 04:21:31

The Congressional Leadership Fund, a political action committee with ties to House Republicans, launched ads today against two Democrats over the “Green New Deal.” The video spots are part of a growing GOP effort to woo voters who may see the “Green New Deal” and its main backer, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), as too far left. [ read more … ]

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