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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

October 18, 2019

Top Story

Nobel-winning scientist on 100% renewables, EVs and Murkowski

By David Iaconangelo, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-10-17 14:46:57

Lithium-ion batteries have become a cornerstone of backing up wind and solar power, but one of the scientists who won a Nobel Prize last week for helping develop the technology says a world of 100% renewables may not be desirable. “I’m not sure you ever want to go to 100% of anything,” said Stan Whittingham, a longtime professor of chemistry and materials science at the State University of New York’s Binghamton campus, known as Binghamton University, during a phone interview after the Nobel announcement. Yet he said he does see the possibility of long-duration energy storage with lithium batteries — and overall levels of renewables — far beyond what we have now. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Berkshire Hathaway firm to launch $200M Alberta wind power farm

By Dan Healing, The Canadian Press  •    •  Posted 2019-10-17 15:33:39

A company linked to American investment guru Warren Buffett says it will break ground on a $200-million, 117.6-megawatt wind farm in southeastern Alberta next year. The Rattlesnake Ridge Wind project will be located southwest of Medicine Hat and produce enough energy to supply the equivalent of 79,000 homes, says Calgary-based BHE Canada, a subsidiary of Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Energy. “For us it’s just opportunity in Alberta,” said Bill Christensen, vice-president of corporate development for BHE Canada. [ read more … ]

Interior clears path for nation’s 2nd offshore wind project

By Heather Richards, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-10-17 14:48:55

Dominion Energy Inc. has cleared key permitting hurdles to raise the newest offshore wind turbines in the United States since a pilot project off Rhode Island went live in 2016. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management — which oversees leasing and permitting for the nascent offshore wind industry — issued a “no objection” to the design and installation plan for the pilot project, largely clearing the way for construction, the Virginia utility announced Monday. [ read more … ]

Interior to oversee worker safety for offshore wind

By Heather Richards, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-10-17 14:49:20

The Interior Department today named itself the primary authority overseeing worker safety in the offshore wind sector. The nascent offshore wind industry requested the policy statement clarifying Interior’s role, according to the department. There is currently one offshore wind facility operating in the United States, but policy commitments of northern states and falling wind development costs are driving a rapid increase in offshore project proposals for the outer continental shelf. [ read more … ]

EVs

With 10% penetration, EVs could shift all residential peak load to night, analysis of SoCal Ed finds

By Robert Walton, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2019-10-17 14:47:37

Utilities see potential in using EVs as grid assets, but also must consider technical concerns, manufacturer warranties and range complexities. Vehicle-to-grid integration “has gotten a lot of hype over the last few years, but in terms of providing value to the grid we still have some work to do to prove that out,” Lang Reynolds, Duke Energy’s director of electrification strategy. The Jackson Associates study finds the financial implications of that integration could be large, with a potential annual savings of $560/EV customer if SCE reduced peak residential load through vehicle batteries. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Senate votes to keep the ACE rule

By Nick Sobczyk, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-10-17 14:48:08

The Senate today voted to retain the Trump administration’s regulation on power plant greenhouse gas emissions after Democrats forced a messaging vote on the replacement for the Obama-era Clean Power Plan. In a 41-53 vote, the chamber’s Republicans rejected a Congressional Review Act resolution to halt the Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule, which repealed the statewide emissions caps of the Clean Power Plan and replaced it with a less stringent regulation focused on upgrades at individual power plants. [ read more … ]

Despite Their Promises, Giant Energy Companies Burn Away Vast Amounts of Natural Gas

By Hiroko Tabuchi, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2019-10-17 14:50:05

When leaders from Exxon Mobil and BP gathered last month with other fossil-fuel executives to declare they were serious about climate change, they cited progress in curbing an energy-wasting practice called flaring — the intentional burning of natural gas as companies drill faster than pipelines can move the energy away. But in recent years, some of these same companies have significantly increased their flaring, as well as the venting of natural gas and other potent greenhouse gases directly into the atmosphere, according to data from the three largest shale-oil fields in the United States. [ read more … ]

Ohio Supreme Court nixes cap on FirstEnery efficiency spending, but state slated to drop standard

By Robert Walton, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2019-10-17 14:50:20

The Ohio Supreme Court on Tuesday struck down a 2017 ruling by the state’s Public Utilities Commission (PUCO) that capped energy efficiency spending by FirstEnergy, but it is not clear if the decision will have immediate energy-saving impacts. PUCO capped FirstEnergy efficiency spending at 4% of revenues, but the utility appealed and argued that the spending cap was arbitrary and would keep it from meeting goals set by the state’s legislature. The court sided with the utility, citing PUCO’s “failure to adequately explain its decision.” [ read more … ]

As PPA price drops slow for wind and solar, developers see PJM, ERCOT as top markets

By Iulia Gheorghiu, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2019-10-17 14:36:16

Wind and solar developers surveyed by Level 10 primarily identified PJM and ERCOT as growth markets for 2020, although Collier told Utility Dive he sees potential in the Midcontinent ISO, particularly in competitive solar deals in MISO South. But MISO’s renewable energy growth could be impacted by challenges in the region, as “interconnection queues have been quite full of late and the interconnection process has taken a long time,” he said.
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