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June 19, 2019

Top Story

New York to Approve One of the World’s Most Ambitious Climate Plans

By Jesse McKinley and Brad Plumer. New York Times  •    •  Posted 2019-06-19 04:34:53

New York lawmakers have agreed to pass a sweeping climate plan that calls for the state to all but eliminate its greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, envisioning an era when gas-guzzling cars, oil-burning heaters and furnaces would be phased out, and all of the state’s electricity would come from carbon-free sources.If the measure becomes law, New York would join California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Washington, who have all passed bills aiming to get 100 percent of their electricity from carbon-free sources — such as wind, solar, hydropower dams and in some cases nuclear power — by midcentury or sooner. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Trump EPA Close to Gutting Obama Rule on Coal Power Plants

By The Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2019-06-19 04:35:23

The Trump administration is close to completing one of its biggest rollbacks of environmental rules, replacing a landmark Obama-era effort that sought to wean the nation’s electrical grid off coal-fired power plants and their climate-damaging pollution. The final Trump administration replacement rule, expected as soon as this week, instead would give individual states wide discretion to decide whether to require limited efficiency upgrades at individual coal-fired power plants.
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New Jersey adopts rules to rejoin RGGI, heading to 100% clean energy by 2050

By HJ Mai, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2019-06-19 04:35:45

Gov. Phil Murphy, D, on Monday announced that the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has formally adopted two rules that will allow the state to rejoin the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). The Carbon Dioxide Budget Trading rule establishes a mechanism for New Jersey to rejoin the multi-state organization and sets the initial carbon-dioxide cap for the electricity generation sector at 18 million tons in 2020. [ read more … ]

The World Will Get Half Its Power From Wind, Solar by 2050

By Millicent Dent. Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2019-06-19 04:36:09

Nearly half the world’s electricity will come from renewable energy by 2050 as costs of wind, solar and battery storage continue to plummet. That titanic shift over the next three decades will come as electricity demand increases 62% and investors pump $13.3 trillion into new projects, according to a report released Tuesday by BloombergNEF [ read more … ]

Utilities are ‘the new cyber battlefield,’ as US ramps up pressure on Russia’s electric grid

By Robert Walton, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2019-06-19 04:36:36

The United States has increased efforts to insert malicious code into Russia’s electric grid, a development the The New York Times warned “enshrines power grids as a legitimate target” in the nations’ cold war of cyber one-upmanship. While President Trump denied the story on Twitter, a spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin said it meant a cyberwar between the two countries is a “hypothetical possibility.”  [ read more … ]

Southwest Power Pool to launch energy imbalance market as alternative to CAISO

By Robert Walton, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2019-06-19 04:36:51

The Southwest Power Pool announced Monday it will move ahead with development of a Western Energy Imbalance Service (WEIS) market to balance generation and load regionally and in real time. The market aims to reduce capacity and energy costs, provide price transparency for wholesale energy, and ensure efficient use of the transmission system. SPP’s new market would provide an alternative to the California ISO’s imbalance market, and would operate alongside reliability coordinator (RC) services the Southwest grid operator plans to offer in December. [ read more … ]

GM ponders clean revival of gas-guzzling Hummer

By David Welch, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2019-06-19 04:37:07

zero-emission Hummer sounds as paradoxical as nonalcoholic whiskey, but General Motors Co. is mulling over the idea of building an electric vehicle that would bring the defunct gas-guzzling brand back to life. For now, it’s just an idea GM is considering as it plans which vehicles will be included in a fleet of electrified SUVs and trucks, say people familiar with the matter. The Hummer name has surfaced as way to tap growing demand for rugged SUVs with off-road capabilities, while avoiding the gasoline-burning image that made the brand something of a pariah a decade ago, said the people, who asked not to be named because the conversations are private. [ read more … ]

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