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April 11, 2019

Top Story

Can Calif. hit clean power goals? It’s complicated

Peter Behr, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-04-11 04:36:18

California can reach its daunting clean energy goals by 2030 with an aggressive push on a wide front of current technologies, but it can’t get there relying only on renewable generation and power storage, according to a new analysis delivered to state officials. The report by the Energy Futures Initiative — the think tank formed by former Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz — emphasizes that focusing clean energy strategies on renewable electricity generation and a transition to electric vehicles will not help reduce carbon emissions from agriculture, industrial production, trucking and aviation. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

New Jersey governor unveils portal to enhance state’s offshore wind supply chain

By Iulia Gheorghiu, utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2019-04-11 04:36:44

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, D, announced on Tuesday the creation of a free online state portal to match investors in offshore wind projects with New Jersey-based partners and suppliers, at the Business Network for Offshore Wind’s International Partnering Forum in New York City. The New Jersey Offshore Wind Supply Chain Registry, currently in beta mode, has 22 companies listed, from marine support to workforce development, including offshore wind developers Vineyard Wind and Fishermen’s Energy. The registry is meant to support New Jersey’s offshore wind solicitations and provide free access to industry-reviewed suppliers based in the state. [ read more … ]

Maryland 50% RPS bill doubles offshore wind target, expands solar-carve out

By Catherine Morehouse, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2019-04-11 04:37:01

Maryland legislators on Monday passed a bill that would require the state to generate 50% of its electricity from renewable energy by 2030 and evaluate steps to reaching 100% clean energy by 2040 at that point. In 2030, the 50% renewable portfolio standard (RPS) would include 14.5% solar and at least 1,200 MW of offshore wind, more than doubling Maryland’s current offshore target. The remaining portion is to come from “Tier 1” renewable resources, which includes burning waste, a point of contention among lawmakers and environmentalists earlier in the legislative session. [ read more … ]

Hogan, a GOP climate advocate, faces clean energy test

Benjamin Storrow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-04-11 04:37:39

Under Hogan’s leadership, Maryland has passed legislation to cut greenhouse gases and pushed to expand the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a cap-and-trade program, and eliminate super pollutants used in air conditioners and refrigerators. Now his green credentials could be tested. [ read more … ]

Walz touts clean energy jobs amid uncertain nuclear future

By Steve Karnowski, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2019-04-11 04:37:20

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz (D) and Commerce Commissioner Steve Kelley said Monday that economics suggest nuclear power won’t be part of the state’s energy mix if the state adopts the governor’s goal of getting 100 percent of its energy from carbon-free sources by 2050. Walz and Kelley made the remarks at a news conference they held to celebrate the growth in clean energy jobs in Minnesota. [ read more … ]

A Year After Tax Credit Win, Carbon Capture Backers Wait for IRS

By Abby Smith, Bloomberg News  •    •  Posted 2019-04-11 04:37:58

Investors are still sitting on the sidelines more than a year after Congress passed bipartisan tax incentives for carbon capture technology, and it’s not for lack of interest. It’s because investors—along with coal companies, oil and gas companies, industrial manufacturers, and startups focused on using captured carbon—are waiting on federal tax regulators to lay out the rules for how to claim the credits. [ read more … ]

Senate Committee approves diesel, carbon capture bills

Sean Reilly, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-04-11 04:38:17

Bills geared toward reducing diesel engine emissions and encouraging research into one form of carbon capture technology easily cleared a Senate panel this morning as their sponsors expressed optimism the measures will ultimately pass the full chamber. On a single voice vote, the Environment and Public Works Committee approved S. 383 and S. 747 with no audible dissent.
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In shadow of Green New Deal, other climate-change bills proliferate

By Amy Harder, Axios  •    •  Posted 2019-04-11 04:38:35

A Democratic Senate duo is introducing legislation today taxing carbon emissions, in the shadow of the largely symbolic but far higher profile debate about the Green New Deal. [ read more … ]

5 quotable moments from 4 hours of climate bickering

Mark K. Matthews, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-04-11 04:38:48

The House Oversight and Reform Committee made little headway when it met yesterday for four hours to discuss climate change and the problems it poses for national security. But, as is often the case for one of the most partisan committees in Congress, the hearing did offer a few explosive moments — as well as some insight into how the debate on global warming could be shifting on Capitol Hill. [ read more … ]

 

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