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November 25, 2019

Top Story

Democrats move to take 100% clean energy push national with new bill

By Kavya Balaraman, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2019-11-24 15:42:31

Democrats introduced new legislation Thursday to adopt a 100% clean energy economy goal nationwide by 2050. The bill, introduced by Rep. Donald McEachin, D, with more than 150 co-sponsors, would require all sectors of the economy to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by the middle of the century. Federal agencies would be tasked with identifying a path toward the goal, while the Environmental Protection Agency would be in charge of reviewing their plans. 
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Wind Energy

Del. residents criticize proposed offshore wind farm

By Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2019-11-24 15:42:59

A proposed offshore wind farm off Delaware has received a wave of criticism from residents who live around Fenwick Island State Park. News outlets report hundreds of people attended a meeting about the proposal Tuesday in Dagsboro, Del. The state Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control announced last month that it was negotiating an agreement with state park officials and Denmark-based company Ørsted for the Skipjack Wind Farm project.
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Solar Energy

Ala. rooftop solar fight heats up

By Kristi E. Swartz, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-11-24 15:44:00

Facing pushback from customers, Alabama Power Co. staunchly defended charging rooftop solar users an extra fee on the grounds that the electric company is required to supply them with backup power at any time. Environmental and consumer advocates have countered the utility’s surcharge is hurting rooftop solar’s growth and called for scaling back the fee during a morning hearing before the Alabama Public Service Commission yesterday. [ read more … ]

RTOs

PJM, NYISO and ISO-NE pay $1.4B annually for excess capacity: Report

By Iulia Gheorghiu, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2019-11-24 15:44:17

PJM Interconnection, New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) and ISO-New England (ISO-NE) retain more control over resource adequacy than the states in their service areas, leading to higher reserve margins and higher capacity market prices, which favor incumbent assets, according to a paper published by Grid Strategies on Thursday. The report, commissioned by the Natural Resources Defense Council’s Sustainable FERC Project, estimated approximately $1.4 billion per year in total is wasted by the Northeast regional transmission operators and independent system operators by securing a combined 34.7 GW of excess capacity. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Green-tinged extenders package ‘not even in doubt’

By Geof Koss, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-11-24 15:44:38

End-of-year energy tax negotiations have taken on a more upbeat tone in recent days, with top tax writers from both parties expressing growing confidence a deal to extend expired energy tax breaks and expand a few existing clean energy credits can be struck in the coming weeks. Following what he called a “fruitful” Wednesday meeting with Senate Finance Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), House Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal (D-Mass.) said he was optimistic that an agreement to revive and extend an assortment of lapsed energy tax breaks is within reach. [ read more … ]

Car Rule

Greens sue EPA to keep Calif. waiver

By Jennifer Hijazi, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-11-24 15:43:18

A coalition of environmental advocacy groups have launched another legal battle over EPA’s move to block California from setting its own vehicle emission rules. The lawsuit, filed today in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, follows a multistate challenge to stop the Trump administration from rescinding a waiver under the Clean Air Act that allows the Golden State to set stricter greenhouse gas and zero-emissions vehicle standards than those imposed by the federal government.
“Getting rid of clean car standards when air pollution is on the rise is dumb, and in our view, unlawful,” said Doug Phelps, ch [ read more … ]

EVs

Los Angeles bids to bridge the EV divide

By David Iaconangelo and David Ferris, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2019-11-24 15:43:37

This city is trying to turn electric vehicles — often derided as playthings of the rich — into transportation for the masses. At street corners and curbsides in Los Angeles’ lower-income neighborhoods, members of an electric car-sharing service called BlueLA can unlock and drive off in a utilitarian Bluecar. The mission of these cars is fundamentally different, and so are the cars themselves. The interior is more like a no-frills U-Haul than the latest Tesla model. To take off from a standstill, the accelerator has to be mashed to the floor. There’s no “park” gear. There’s only the brake. [ read more … ]

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