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March 11, 2019

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New Mexico senate approves bill to boost renewables, phase out coal

By Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2019-03-11 04:19:16

New Mexico is known for its wide-open spaces, wind-swept plains and nearly endless supply of sunshine, and yet the promise of an economy built on renewable energy has been elusive for politicians here. That could change under a measure that won bipartisan approval in the state Senate late Wednesday. The House is under pressure to take up the bill before the Legislature wraps up in about a week. [ read more … ]

Policuy & Politics

US energy storage market nearly doubled in 2018, report says

By Gavin Bade, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2019-03-11 04:20:05

U.S. energy storage deployment nearly doubled in 2018 as the nation installed 350.5 MW, 777 MWh — over 80% more than was deployed in 2017 in terms of megawatt-hours, according to a new report. Behind-the-meter (BTM) storage accounted for 53% of the total deployment in megawatts while front-of-the-meter (FTM) installations accounted for 47%, according to the U.S. Energy Storage Monitor 2018 Year-in-Review. FTM installations often had durations of four hours or more. [ read more … ]

Washington State Tackles Transportation Emissions

By Jeremy Martin, Union of Concerned Scientists  •    •  Posted 2019-03-11 04:19:45

The climate crisis demands an immediate response on multiple fronts, and while in Washington DC the Trump administration is attempting to reverse the progress of the last administration, in Washington state legislators are tackling the challenge head on. The largest source of pollution in Washington state is transportation, which is another way to say burning petroleum-based fuels like gasoline and diesel. Tackling emissions from transportation requires policies that focus on vehicles and transportation fuels. Broad economy-wide measures like carbon pricing or cap and trade are important and should be pursued but will have limited direct impact on transportation in the near term. Fortunately, a clean fuel program, which targets transportation fuel directly, has proven quite effective. [ read more … ]

DOE plan sparks lightbulb war

Kelsey Brugger, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-03-11 04:20:18

When Department of Energy Assistant Secretary Daniel Simmons goes to Home Depot, he is struck by what he called the future of lighting in America. “The future is LED,” he said, referring to highly efficient light-emitting diodes. “The future is greater energy efficiency in lighting.” But last week at a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing, he confirmed that the projected phaseout of the pear-shaped incandescent bulbs will not happen as quickly as originally thought. Those iconic bulbs burn out up to 25 times faster than LEDs. [ read more … ]

Trump admin sides with Big Oil in NYC climate suit

Ellen M. Gilmer, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-03-11 04:20:39

The Trump administration is backing Big Oil in a fight over the impacts of climate change, warning that a New York City lawsuit could embarrass the United States on an international stage. The Justice Department made the argument last night in an amicus brief in the ongoing legal brawl between New York and the biggest oil companies in the world. [ read more … ]

China to sustain solar growth with new plan

By Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2019-03-11 04:20:58

China’s plans to loosen its solar subsidy policy will keep growth of the world’s largest market intact, according to the head of JinkoSolar Holding Co., which is increasing production capacity by as much as 20 percent this year. Installations will probably maintain at about 40 gigawatts, close to the levels last year, Chen Kangping, chief executive officer of the world’s largest panel maker, said in an interview in Beijing. China’s main industry group said last month the country is planning more supportive policies, which include resuming quotas for some utility-scale projects. [ read more … ]

World’s top sovereign wealth fund to dump oil and gas shares

By Mark Lewis, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2019-03-11 04:21:17

Norway’s $1 trillion wealth fund, the biggest of its kind in the world, will begin dumping shares in oil and gas companies but stopped short of barring major producers like Exxon Mobil Corp. and Chevron Corp. The move was hailed by environmental activists as a sign that the global economy is increasingly moving away from fossil fuels toward cleaner energy.
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