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October 7, 2019

Top Story

A ‘Chilling Message’: Trump Critics See a Deeper Agenda in California Feud

By Coral Davenport, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2019-10-06 15:35:17

President Trump’s political feud with California has spread collateral damage across more than a dozen other states, which have seen their regulatory authority curtailed and their autonomy threatened by a Trump administration intent on weakening the environmental statutes of the country’s most populous state. When the administration last month revoked California’s authority to set state-level standards on climate-warming tailpipe emissions, it simultaneously stripped that power from 13 other states that follow California’s standards and ensured that no other state could set fuel-efficiency standards in the future. The Environmental Protection Agency last week followed up with letters to California that threatened to wield rarely used provisions of environmental law to withhold federal funding from the state if it did not take specific steps to clean its air and water. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Big utility ditches coal for wind because it’s cheaper

By Benjamin Storrow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-10-06 15:39:56

One of the West’s largest utilities said yesterday it plans to retire about two-thirds of its coal units by 2030 and replace the vast majority of that power with renewable energy. PacifiCorp, which serves customers in six Western states, said it plans to build 3,000 megawatts of solar by 2025, 3,500 MW of wind and 600 MW of battery storage. The Portland, Ore.-based power company said it would retire 16 of its 24 coal units over the next decade. That includes two units at the Jim Bridger plant in western Wyoming, the largest coal facility in PacifiCorp’s fleet and among the biggest in the nation.
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PacifiCorp to add 7 GW renewables + storage, close 20 of 24 coal plants

By Robert Walton, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2019-10-06 15:40:22

PacifiCorp plans to add nearly 7,000 MW of renewable generation and storage capacity by 2025 and will shut down 20 of its 24 coal-fired units by 2038, the company announced Thursday when it unveiled a draft of its 20-year Integrated Resource Plan (IRP). The long-term strategy will be filed Oct. 18 with regulators in the six states where PacifiCorp operates. It includes wind, solar+storage and construction of a 400-mile transmission line. [ read more … ]

Macquarie’s green bank embraces ‘enormous game’

By William Mathis and Jeremy Hodges, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2019-10-06 15:42:17

One of the world’s biggest investors in renewable energy sees a growing opportunity in offshore wind projects. More certainty from governments about future regulation and the expansion of new floating technology could drastically broaden the opportunities for investors, according to Mark Dooley, global head of Macquarie Group Ltd.’s Green Investment Group. [ read more … ]

EVs

Consumers Got Millions in Questionable Electric-Car Tax Credits

By Ryan Beene, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2019-10-06 15:34:47

Thousands of auto buyers may have improperly claimed more than $70 million in tax credits for purchases of new plug-in electric vehicles using ineligible cars and trucks, a U.S. Treasury Department watchdog said Thursday. The questionable claims were found in 16,510 individual tax returns during a five-year period through the 2018 processing year, according to an audit by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. That compares with more than $1.4 billion paid in credits to almost 240,000 taxpayers over the same period that were reviewed as part of the audit. [ read more … ]

Ford’s EV experience: ‘Time to torque’

By Peter Behr, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-10-06 15:35:48

That is executive Darren Palmer’s metaphor for the G-forces that follow when a driver hits the accelerator pedal in the battery-driven SUV that Ford will bring out next year. Ford is making an $11 billion bet that it can sell EVs not just with clean credentials, but with sex appeal. “The minute you accelerate and use it in normal traffic, the response of the car is double, triple what you have experienced before. We call it ‘time to torque,'” said Palmer, who heads global product development for Ford and Lincoln EVs. [ read more … ]

Tesla’s Q3 car sales accelerate but miss analysts’ target

By Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2019-10-06 15:36:09

Tesla Inc.’s electric car sales accelerated again during the summer, but the company is still lagging behind the pace it needs to reach CEO Elon Musk’s goal for the entire year. The company delivered 97,000 vehicles from July through September, more than in any other three-month period in its history. The performance increased Tesla’s sales for the first nine months of the year to nearly 255,000 cars. That means it will need to deliver about 105,000 vehicles during the final three months of the year to hit the low end of Musk’s sales target of 360,000 to 400,000 cars for all of 2019.
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Policy & Politics

Pa. to join RGGI. Here’s what it means

By Benjamin Storrow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-10-06 15:41:33

Gov. Tom Wolf (D) signed an executive order directing the state to pursue membership in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, the Northeast’s cap-and-trade program for power plants. The move amounts to the most significant development for RGGI since its inception in 2008. Pennsylvania power plants emitted more carbon than their counterparts in all the RGGI states last year. It would also greatly expand the climate program’s footprint in the PJM Interconnection LLC, the largest wholesale electricity market in the nation. [ read more … ]

EIA: Renewables to provide 50% of electricity by midcentury

By Carlos Anchondo, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-10-06 15:41:03

Renewable energy sources will power nearly half of global electricity by 2050, according to new data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, with solar technology forecast to grow most rapidly over that period. The research, derived from the International Energy Outlook 2019, projects solar to outcompete growth in wind and hydropower in the next three decades.
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Perry’s legacy? Expansion of agency he’d vowed to kill

By Jeremy Dillon, Kelsey Brugger and Tim Cama, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2019-10-06 15:37:35

If Energy Secretary Rick Perry leaves the Trump administration by year’s end, as media reports say, he’ll leave a Department of Energy that’s far larger than when he arrived. DOE’s annual budget for fiscal 2020 could approach $40 billion — a nearly 25% increase from when Perry took the helm in fiscal 2017. That’s an astonishing expansion of spending for a department that Republican presidential hopeful Perry had targeted for elimination before he comically forget its name in a 2012 candidates’ debate. [ read more … ]

In a Sated Oil Market, Saudi Arabia Attack Sinks Without Trace

By Grant Smith , Olga Tanas, and Dina Khrennikova, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2019-10-06 15:38:02

It was the nightmare scenario dreaded by oil markets for decades: a direct strike right at the heart of Saudi Arabia’s energy production network. But when it finally came last month, crude traders almost immediately lost interest. Although oil prices surged the most on record after a barrage of missiles and drones blasted the Abqaiq processing facility and Khurais oilfield on Sept. 14 — instantly disabling half of Saudi output — the gains have since evaporated. Crude is back below $60 a barrel, partly because Saudi Aramco has restored production so swiftly, but also reflecting deeper challenges afflicting the market. [ read more … ]

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