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July 25, 2019

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Ohio governor signs bill to save nuclear power plants

By Scott DiSavino and Sumita Layek, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2019-07-25 04:32:32

Ohio’s governor signed a bill on Tuesday to create subsidies to avoid the early shutdown of the state’s two nuclear power reactors, according to analysts tracking the legislation. The two reactors – Davis-Besse and Perry – are owned by FirstEnergy Solutions, which has said it would shut the money-losing plants in 2020 and 2021 unless the state provides some financial assistance. [ read more … ]

Ohio rolls back RPS, boosts nuclear. Here’s why it matters

BY Jeffrey Tomich, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-07-25 04:32:51

As some states across the United States look to accelerate the move to cleaner energy, Ohio is pumping the brakes. A state bill that funnels more than $1 billion in subsidies to power plant owners and rolls back renewable and efficiency standards became law yesterday after the state House adopted Senate revisions to the language and Republican Gov. Mike DeWine signed it. For Ohio — one of the nation’s top emitters of carbon dioxide from the power sector — the long-fought move to freeze clean energy mandates holds far-reaching effects on efforts to combat climate change while offering up potent political messaging both locally and nationally. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

House Democrats Unveil Climate Goal Short of Ocasio-Cortez’s

By Ari Natter, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2019-07-25 04:33:35

House Democrats unveiled a target to stave off climate change Tuesday, one that is a far cry from the controversial Green New Deal being championed by New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other progressives. Leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee announced they would pursue legislation this year that calls for net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, a less ambitious but politically, and technologically, achievable alternative to Ocasio-Cortez’s sweeping Green New Deal that called for hitting that target by 2030. [ read more … ]

The Energy 202: Key House Democrats propose eliminating climate-warming emissions by 2050

By Dino Grandoni, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2019-07-25 04:33:54

The legislators were light on specifics, but achieving such sweeping emissions reductions will likely involve vastly curbing the use of fossil fuels across economic sectors while expanding and even inventing new ways of producing and storing energy from renewable sources like wind and solar.  But a deadline of 2050 is not aggressive enough for many in the party’s left flank, bringing into relief an intraparty rift over just how quickly to reshape the U.S. economy to ramp down the release of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases.  [ read more … ]

Ørsted to develop offshore wind manufacturing hub to service East Coast

By Iulia Gheorghiu, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2019-07-25 04:34:18

Ørsted U.S. Offshore Wind announced on Tuesday an agreement to partner with a logistics center in Maryland to create a 50-acre staging center for offshore wind manufacturing, capable of servicing projects up and down the East Coast. The developer will work with Tradepoint Atlantic, based in Baltimore County, to develop a staging area for on-land assembly, storage and loading out into deep waters. [ read more … ]

Jeffrey Grybowski Offshore wind CEO steps down

By Heather Richards, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-07-25 04:34:34

A driver behind the burgeoning U.S. offshore wind industry, Jeffrey Grybowski, has stepped down from his post as co-CEO at Ørsted A/S, the Danish power company dominating offshore wind proposals along the northeastern coast. Of the few offshore wind players home grown in the U.S., Grybowski is out in front. The lawyer “stumbled into” the offshore wind industry when he joined Deepwater Wind in the early 2000s. Within a few years, Deepwater Wind named Grybowski as its CEO. The firm was instrumental in raising the first offshore wind turbines in the U.S. at the Block Island wind project off Rhode Island. [ read more … ]

World’s first reactor is under construction. Begin countdown

BY Nathanial Gronewold, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-07-25 04:34:50

Achieving controlled fusion reactions that net more power than they take to generate, and at commercial scale, is seen as a potential answer to climate change. Fusion energy would eliminate the need for fossil fuels and solve the intermittency and reliability concerns inherent with renewable energy sources. The energy would be generated without the dangerous amounts of radiation that raises concerns about fission nuclear energy. [ read more … ]

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