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April 15, 2019

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Wash. lawmakers commit to 100% clean energy

Benjamin Storrow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-04-15 04:23:56

Washington state lawmakers passed legislation to decarbonize the state’s power sector yesterday, reversing a series of painful defeats for climate hawks and handing Gov. Jay Inslee a signature policy win as he prepares to mount a bid for the Democratic presidential nomination. The House approved the measure 56-42, largely along party lines. And even though House and Senate negotiators must reconcile separate versions, Inslee is all but certain to get it soon. [ read more … ]

Kansas takes number one spot for wind energy production

By KSTN  •    •  Posted 2019-04-15 04:26:22

The American Wind Energy Association’s 2018 Annual Market report shows Kansas passing Iowa to claim the number one spot. It shows 36.4% of the state’s total electricity is produced by wind power in 2018. Governor Kelly spoke about the achievement. [ read more … ]

Wind industry says Trump pipeline push misses “major” transmission opportunity

By John Sicilano and Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner  •    •  Posted 2019-04-15 04:25:48

The wind industry criticized Trump’s executive orders to spur pipelines Thursday, saying the president missed a “major opportunity” by focusing on “only part of the infrastructure solution” and ignoring transmission lines, which are key to unlocking the full potential of wind and solar. “We agree enhancing U.S. energy infrastructure is a critical priority, but these executive orders miss a major opportunity by focusing almost exclusively on pipelines, whose capacity has increased ten times faster than electric transmission capacity over the past decade,” said Amy Farrell, the American Wind Energy Association’s senior vice president of government and public affairs. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Sources: Chatterjee helped sink nomination of new FERC chairman

Jeremy Dillon and Rod Kuckro, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2019-04-15 04:24:28

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Neil Chatterjee played a role in torpedoing the all-but-final White House nomination of Republican David Hill to join the commission, several sources familiar with the matter told E&E News. Hill confirmed to E&E News the White House told him he would be appointed chairman. Multiple sources said Chatterjee made calls to energy companies and Republican allies, undercutting his potential nomination. [ read more … ]

Congressional Democrats warming to green power mandates

Geof Koss, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-04-15 04:24:46

Democrats on both sides of the Capitol are preparing a series of bills that would require utilities to generate a growing percentage of electricity from renewable or low-carbon sources. In the coming weeks, Democrats are planning to introduce competing legislation to set mandatory national energy goals by specific deadlines, reviving what was once a top party policy objective throughout the presidency of George W. Bush and the early years of President Obama’s first term.
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House Dems set sights on infrastructure, ‘piecemeal’ climate action

George Cahlink, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-04-15 04:25:03

Speaker Nancy Pelosi is making a potentially $2 trillion infrastructure package a top priority for the House, despite not having a clear plan for paying for it. The California Democrat made the case for moving a wide-ranging package as her caucus gathered here at the Lansdowne Resort and Spa for a three-day retreat. She and other Democratic leaders sought to hammer home a message that the proposal could create millions of jobs, pare down a $5 trillion infrastructure backlog and win support across party lines. [ read more … ]

Senate Lawmakers push legislation on storage, carbon

Manuel Quiñones, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-04-15 04:25:25

Energy and Natural Resources Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and ranking member Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) introduced legislation yesterday to create a suite of energy research and development programs. The “Enhancing Fossil Fuel Energy Carbon Technology Act” would create programs to improve coal and natural gas production, encourage commercial carbon storage, find new carbon uses, and study removing CO2 from the air. [ read more … ]

Montana judge rules PSC intentionally set PURPA rates to kill solar projects

By Catherine Morehouse, utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2019-04-15 04:26:05

A Montana district court judge last week issued an order in favor of solar developers, ruling that the state’s Public Service Commission intentionally disadvantaged small solar projects in violation of the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA). The ruling comes after a June 2017 audio recording captured Commissioner Bob Lake acknowledging that cuts to compensation rates the commission had approved that morning were likely deep enough to kill small solar projects. After the recording was released, a number of solar developers in the state filed suit against NorthWestern and the PSC. [ read more … ]

Poll: Iowa Democrats love the Green New Deal

Mark K. Matthews, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-04-15 04:26:53

The Green New Deal enjoys sky-high support among Iowa Democrats, according to a new poll — a sign the ambitious climate plan could play a significant role in the state’s milestone presidential caucus and the 2020 Democratic primary overall. A survey of 351 likely Democratic caucusgoers found that 72% of these registered Iowa voters thought it was either “very important” or “somewhat important” for the eventual Democratic nominee to support the Green New Deal. [ read more … ]

Minnesota State Democrats introduce Green New Deal

Ines Kagubare, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-04-15 04:27:24

Minnesota state lawmakers yesterday introduced a version of the Green New Deal, a sweeping plan that aims to reduce emissions and transition the state to a green economy.
But like the federal Green New Deal resolution, the bill is aspirational and lacks concrete steps to achieve most of its goals. [ read more … ]


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