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July 11, 2019

Top Story

Coal left Appalachia devastated. Now it’s doing the same to Wyoming.

By David Roberts, Vox  •    •  Posted 2019-07-11 04:40:04

Wyoming is facing a potential crisis. Coal mines have shut down, hundreds of people are out of work, unemployment offices are overwhelmed, and there appears to be worse to come.
The coal industry, long seen as a friend and economic linchpin in the state, is falling apart, and the very communities that have supported it most are getting screwed over in the process. [ read more … ]

Transmission

Without Transmission Lines, Renewable Energy Still has a Long Way to Go — Literally

By Amal Ahmed, Texas Observer  •    •  Posted 2019-07-11 04:37:00

If you want to understand the future of renewable energy, look to Texas. That’s the argument Russell Gold makes in his new book Superpower: One Man’s Quest to Transform American Energy. Texas is a global wind powerhouse, producing far more wind energy than any other state and all but five other countries. But building turbines on remote West Texas plains is the easy part; moving that power nationwide is trickier. [ read more … ]

Op-Ed: Guess What’s Holding Back Wind Power in the U.S.

By Peter R. Orszag, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2019-07-11 04:39:19

One big reason the U.S. lags in such transmission is dramatically illustrated by the experience of Michael Skelly, who was a founder of one of America’s largest wind-power companies, and is now an adviser at Lazard. Beginning almost a decade ago, Skelly tried to construct a 700-mile high-voltage direct-current line to carry wind energy from the Oklahoma panhandle to Tennessee. In the end, he was stymied by opposition from property owners and government officials who refused to allow the line to cross their land. As Wall Street Journal reporter Russell Gold tells the story in his new book, “Superpower: One Man’s Quest to Transform American Energy,” Skelly worked tirelessly to navigate the difficult local politics. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Republicans Try to Buff Up Green Image With Environmental Caucus

By Jennifer A Dlouhy, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2019-07-11 04:36:39

Republicans seeking to bolster their green credentials on Wednesday announced the formation of a “Roosevelt Conservation Caucus” that they said would advance ideas for paring ocean pollution, cleaning up abandoned mines and protecting endangered species. “I’m tired of playing defense on the environment,” said Senator Lindsey Graham, a Republican from South Carolina who is spearheading the bicameral effort. “From a Republican point of view I think we need to showcase that we care about conservation, we care about the environment and we have innovative solutions that are not top-down regulatory solutions.” [ read more … ]

‘Opportunities everywhere’: NREL study shows mass potential for storage to provide peaking capacity

By HJ Mai, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2019-07-11 04:40:33

The booming U.S. battery storage market is showing no signs of slowing down, and a new government-funded report says its prospects could be even bigger than previously thought. “The Potential for Battery Energy Storage to Provide Peaking Capacity in the United States,” published last month by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), concluded that every region across the country offers the potential for peaking capacity needs to be met by short-duration, four-hour battery storage systems. [ read more … ]

Big buyer of U.S. solar farms bets on smaller installations

By Brian Eckhouse, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2019-07-11 04:40:49

A big buyer of large U.S. clean-power plants is betting on smaller solar projects. Capital Dynamics, an asset manager that handles more than $16 billion, is investing in the development arm of solar company Sol Systems, according to a statement yesterday. [ read more … ]

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