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February 14, 2019

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Murkowski eyes ‘refreshed’ reform bill

Courtney Columbus, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-02-14 04:27:25

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) yesterday expressed hope that the current Congress could pass a “refreshed” energy reform bill. She spoke about her priorities at the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners’ winter policy summit in Washington, D.C.
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FERC commissioner calls for ‘new approach’ to capacity markets in wide-ranging NARUC talk

By Gavin Bade, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2019-02-14 04:30:12

Federal Energy Regulatory Commissioner Rich Glick on Tuesday called for a “new approach” to capacity markets, saying he has come to question the benefits of the forward-looking power auctions in his first year at the agency. Glick said capacity markets are preferable to the traditional vertically integrated utility model, but lamented the “significant amount of confusion,” “litigation” and “angst” in regions with mandatory capacity markets. A residual capacity market, as used in the Midcontinent ISO, could be a “more peaceful” solution, he said. [ read more … ]

Politics & Policy

Amid Federal Spat, U.S. Wind Farm to Seek Financing

By Brian Eckhouse, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2019-02-14 04:28:21

The offshore wind-power project that became the subject of a Twitter war between federal energy regulators is moving forward with a debt financing for an estimated $2.15 billion phase, despite being shut out of part of a power auction, according to people familiar with the situation. Vineyard Wind, a joint venture of Avangrid Inc. and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners K/S, is looking to arrange financing by October, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the information isn’t public. The developers reached out to lenders this week to gauge interest, they said, and the structure of the financing may change. [ read more … ]

New Jersey BPU: Here’s How Far We’ve Come On Offshore Wind

By Betsy Lillian, North American Wind Power  •    •  Posted 2019-02-14 04:29:13

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) has released a report detailing the progress made toward the state’s offshore wind goals in the year since Gov. Phil Murphy signed Executive Order No. 8, directing the board to fully implement the Offshore Wind Economic Development Act (OWEDA). “We have gone from having no program on the day the governor was inaugurated 55 weeks ago to developing a cutting-edge offshore wind program with a goal of 3,500 MW of offshore wind energy by 2030,” states Joseph L. Fiordaliso, president of the NJBPU. “Offshore wind is a key aspect of the governor’s clean energy initiatives as we put in place policies aimed at combating the effects of climate change.”
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Governors race to announce climate action. Then reality hits

Benjamin Storrow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-02-14 04:29:37

The U.S. Climate Alliance is en vogue among America’s new crop of Democratic governors. Illinois, Michigan and New Mexico have all joined the alliance in the last month. Wisconsin joined its ranks yesterday, bringing the total number of states committed to the targets of the Paris climate accord to 21. The question facing the newly minted climate states is whether their governors can actually cut emissions. [ read more … ]

GOP tests tactics to sink liberal climate plan

Adam Aton, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-02-14 04:30:28

Republican opposition to the “Green New Deal” is taking shape, and it’s not just socialism bashing. Senate Republicans are moving to wrong-foot supporters of the policy by holding an early vote on it. Republicans hope the show vote will exacerbate divisions among Democrats, who are still working to firm up their coalition of labor, indigenous and environmental justice advocates. [ read more … ]

What’s Keeping Trump from Ratifying a Climate Treaty Even Republicans Support?

By Phil McKenna, Inside Climate News  •    •  Posted 2019-02-14 04:30:44

More than a dozen Republican senators and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce have supported it, and a State Department official said over a year ago that the Trump administration had “initiated the processto consider U.S. ratification.” Yet the U.S. president has yet to ratify the agreement, known as the Kigali Amendment. So, what’s holding it up? [ read more … ]

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