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June 5, 2019

Top Story

With new transmission urgently needed, FERC Chair hints at a new Order 1000 proceeding

By Herman K. Trabish, Utility Dve  •    •  Posted 2019-06-05 05:18:58

The U.S. power system is considered one of the greatest engineering achievement of the 20th century, but it urgently needs a 21st century upgrade. Electricity consumers pay billions due to congestion and outages, according to the U.S. Energy Department. System operators report that new wires significantly reduce those costs. But transmission and distribution developers are at such odds with one another over who should do the upgrades and how they should be selected that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) may step in. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Jay Inslee wants to make millions of clean energy jobs, says Iowa is leading the way

By Linh Ta, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted 2019-06-05 05:20:25

“Iowa is an epicenter of the new clean energy economy because it has combined an innovative spirit and a skill set that has developed the wind turbine industry,” Inslee told the Des Moines Register. Inslee praised the state’s work in biofuel and said his home state of Washington refines biofuels that are shipped from Iowa. He also praised the solar energy industry, citing Paulson Electric and the growth of solar panel installation jobs in the country. [ read more … ]

California regulators weigh actions to expand storage, demand response roles in state’s grid

By Robert Walton, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2019-06-05 05:19:26

California regulators are weighing several important decisions ahead of their July business meeting. Besides addressing concerns of utility bankruptcy and wildfire prevention, they could be voting on two separate proposals to help expand the roles of demand response and energy storage on the grid. California’s demand response auction mechanism (DRAM) has been “successful to a certain extent,” but must still be improved before regulators can make it permanent, according to one of the proposals, published Friday in a draft order by the state’s Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). [ read more … ]

84 Environmental Rules on the Way Out Under Trump

By NADJA POPOVICH, LIVIA ALBECK-RIPKA and KENDRA PIERRE-LOUIS, New YorkTimes  •    •  Posted 2019-06-05 05:20:03

President Trump has made eliminating federal regulations a priority. His administration, with help from Republicans in Congress, has often targeted environmental rules it sees as burdensome to the fossil fuel industry and other big businesses. A New York Times analysis, based on research from Harvard Law School, Columbia Law School and other sources, counts more than 80 environmental rules and regulations on the way out under Mr. Trump. [ read more … ]

Airlines scramble to overcome polluter stigma as ‘flight shame’ movement grows

By Tracy Rucinski in Seoul, Anna Ringstrom in Stockholm and Matthew Green in London, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2019-06-05 05:19:43

In Lorna Greenwood’s London home, there is a shelf lined with travel guides. But the 32-year-old mother and former government employment lawyer has given up flying. Greenwood, who grew up enthralled by the possibilities offered by plane travel, is part of a growing group of environmental activists in Northern Europe who are shunning flights as concerns about global climate change increase.
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In China, whole towns focus entirely on making EVs

By Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2019-06-05 05:20:40

Pieces of an electric car hang from the ceiling of the Chinese real-estate developer’s showroom, evoking an edgy installation at a modern art museum. In reality, they’re a symbol of the nation’s industrial ambitions. Just down the neatly manicured road, about a dozen skyscrapers rise from the fields as Shunde New Energy Vehicle Town takes shape inside the city of Foshan, part of southern China’s manufacturing heartland. Local officials boast that their planned hub for EV production and research could eventually generate 100 billion yuan ($15 billion) in revenue for the hometown economy. [ read more … ]

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