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February 28, 2019

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Democrats eye extensions for wind, solar credits

By Jeremy Dillon and Geof Koss, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2019-02-28 06:25:27

Renewable tax credits behind the massive deployment of wind and solar technologies during the past few years may get a second life as Democrats are expressing interest in extending them beyond their upcoming sunset dates. The interest — still in its beginning stages — is likely to launch the latest round in the debate about federal subsidies in the energy marketplace as renewable power reaches a maturation point that enables it to compete against more established power generators. And the effort may only gather more momentum in the coming months as climate change and the “Green New Deal” have put an added emphasis on the federal government’s role in encouraging clean energy deployment. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Turbine shutdowns in polar vortex stoke Midwest anger

By Jeffrey Tomich, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-02-28 04:30:55

By the evening of Jan. 30, there was less than 550 MW on the MISO North grid, supplying just 2.5 percent of the region’s power. The temperature, which had bottomed out an hour earlier, had fallen to minus 21 F with a minus 31 F wind chill. That dip in wind output during last month’s deep freeze is now fueling debate about the nation’s embrace of renewable energy. The polar vortex arrived as calls grew on the left for a “Green New Deal” to transition to renewables and tackle the threat of climate change, all while various state-level proposals to increase renewable energy penetration circulated across the country. [ read more … ]

Can floating wind get Calif. to carbon neutral?

David Iaconangelo, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-02-28 04:32:08

The key to zero-carbon power in California might lie in the deep waters off its coast — or rather atop them, using floating wind turbines that churn out power as they bob along on the surface of the high seas. That’s according to federal energy authorities, floating turbine developers and energy analysts, who say floating offshore wind technology could act as an important complement to other renewables, especially in the later stretches of the state’s journey toward a carbon-free grid. [ read more … ]

McConnell hits brakes on ‘Green New Deal’ vote

By Mark K. Matthews, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-02-28 04:31:19

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Wednesday it could be months before the Senate votes on the “Green New Deal” — a new timetable that follows threats by Democrats this week to essentially boycott the vote. Addressing reporters outside the Senate floor, McConnell said, “It’s a debate we’ll have in all likelihood sometime before the August break.” [ read more … ]

What’s in a name?

By KELSEY TAMBORRINO, Poltiico  •    •  Posted 2019-02-28 04:31:47

David Hill, a former lawyer at DOE, is “almost certain” to be tapped for the open vacancy at FERC, a senior administration official told Pro’s Darius Dixon and Andrew Restuccia. Hill has the backing of White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow, though nothing is set in stone. [ read more … ]

Public utilities urge FERC to rein in transmission rates

Rod Kuckro, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-02-28 04:32:29

The nation’s more than 2,000 community-owned electric utilities want federal regulators to control the rising cost of their customers’ transmission service. That’s the aim of a resolution passed by the American Public Power Association yesterday on the second day of its annual Legislative Rally in Washington.
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5 things to watch in kids’ climate case appeal

Ellen M. Gilmer, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-02-28 04:33:07

Government lawyers and a group of young plaintiffs are busy trading legal barbs in what could be the final stage of the so-called kids’ climate case. Juliana v. United States is before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which has the power to either halt the litigation or greenlight what plaintiffs have billed as the “trial of the century.” [ read more … ]

South Dakota House rejects bill to allow skepticism in climate teaching

By Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2019-02-28 04:32:50

The South Dakota House has voted down a bill that would have allowed teachers to decide how much skepticism to inject into lessons on scientific topics such as climate change. Representatives voted 46-21 Monday to reject the measure. Republican state Sen. Phil Jensen, the bill’s Senate sponsor, said previously that the measure would provide protections from termination to teachers who want to help students learn to think critically. [ read more … ]

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