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October 3, 2019

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The Oil Money Fueling America’s Biggest— And Costliest—Wind Farm

By Christopher Helman, Forbes  •    •  Posted 2019-10-02 15:32:21

Anschutz, 79, has never been a roughneck. He’s 5 feet 9, slim, well coiffed and sounds like the actor Lorne Greene (more Battlestar Galactica than Bonanza) as he explains that his next—and perhaps last—big investment will not be in oil at all. Instead, fossil-fuel king Phil Anschutz is building America’s biggest wind farm.  It will cost $5 billion to erect 1,000 turbines at the Chokecherry and Sierra Madre Wind Energy Project on Anschutz’s 320,000-acre Overland Trail Ranch near Rawlins, Wyoming. Plus another $3 billion to construct a 730-mile direct-current transmission line to deliver that power (enough for 1.8 million homes) to the California grid. After Anschutz slogged through a decade of permitting, construction is under way. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

World’s largest wind farm to run on GE’s biggest turbines

By William Mathis, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2019-10-02 15:32:54

The largest offshore wind farm in the world is set to run on the world’s biggest wind turbine. General Electric Co.’s renewables unit has made an agreement to sell its 853-foot Haliade-X turbines for a wind farm off the eastern coast of England. SSE PLC and Equinor ASA are developing the facility.
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Trump breaks with tradition by tapping only a Republican for key energy panel

By Dino Grandoni, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2019-10-02 15:34:46

President Trump finally chose a new Republican commissioner for a key panel of federal energy regulators. But he did so without naming a Democrat to go with himo with him, setting off a potential battle with Senate Democrats over the future of renewable energy and gas pipeline projects across the country. On Monday, the White House announced the president intends to nominate James Danly to be a commissioner on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Danly, a Republican, currently serves as the panel’s general counsel and would fill a vacancy left by the death in January of former FERC chairman Kevin J. McIntyre. If confirmed by the Senate, Danly would serve until 2023. [ read more … ]

Senators responded to FERC nominee

By BY KELSEY TAMBORRINO, Politico  •    •  Posted 2019-10-02 15:34:26

“FERC has a strong history of operating in a bipartisan fashion and failing to honor the tradition of a bipartisan pairing sets a dangerous precedent moving forward,” ranking member Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) said in a statement, echoing his previous comments on pairing the nominees. Manchin stopped short of saying he would oppose the nomination of Danly, however, and said he looks forward to meeting him and “reviewing his qualifications.” [ read more … ]

Car Rule

White House denied air regulators meetings

By Maxine Joselow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-10-02 15:35:12

The White House refused to meet with two groups of air pollution regulators regarding its rollback of clean car standards, despite holding several meetings with industry advocates. Late last night, the White House Office of Management and Budget denied requests for meetings on the clean cars rollback from the California Air Resources Board and the National Association of Clean Air Agencies. [ read more … ]


Rivian rolls in, and a town dares to dream

By Jeffrey Tomich, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-10-02 15:33:11

Less than four years after the last Mitsubishi Outlander sport utility vehicle rolled off the assembly line, things are stirring again at the sprawling factory, surrounded by cornfields and warehouses on the western edge of town. Inside, startup Rivian Automotive Inc., a darling of the auto industry, is spending tens of millions of dollars retooling the plant, where it plans to begin making its $70,000 electric pickups and SUVs late next year. [ read more … ]

EV tech sparks fears for auto workers

By Peter Behr, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-10-02 15:33:40

“We’re the only plant, I believe, in the U.S. and possibly the world that is building a conventional combustion vehicle and electric at the same time. It’s pretty remarkable,” Rocha said. “Here we have the transition of going from a combustion engine right to an electric vehicle and possibly into an autonomous vehicle.” But the workings of a battery electric vehicle has far fewer pieces than an internal combustion engine, requiring less work to build and install into a motor vehicle. That — along with increasing automation to build vehicles — is also raising fears among workers. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

EIA projects that renewables will provide nearly half of world electricity by 2050

By Michelle Bowman, EIA  •    •  Posted 2019-10-02 15:35:38

In 2018, 28% of global electricity was generated from renewable energy sources, most (96%) of which was produced from hydropower, wind, and solar technologies. In its International Energy Outlook 2019 (IEO2019), the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) projects that renewables will collectively increase to 49% of global electricity generation by 2050. Of the top three renewable sources, EIA expects solar’s share of generation to grow the fastest and hydroelectric’s share to grow the slowest. [ read more … ]

Appeals court tosses EPA ‘good neighbor’ ozone rule

By Pamela King, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-10-02 15:35:55

A panel of appeals court judges scrapped a Trump-era rule yesterday that it said did not set strong enough restrictions on downwind states’ exposure to smog-forming air pollutants produced by upwind neighbors. The 2018 regulation, known as the closeout rule, relies on a part of the Obama-era Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) update that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit recently instructed EPA to revisit [ read more … ]

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