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March 4, 2020

Top Story

Emissions offer ‘pandemic’ level health problems — study

By Sean Reilly, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-03-03 15:36:22

Air pollution shaves an average of almost three years off human life expectancy, a worldwide toll steeper than those stemming from smoking, war and other familiar perils, an international team of researchers concluded in a new study. The study, published online this week in the journal Cardiovascular Research, also estimates that exposure to dirty air led to 8.8 million premature deaths in 2015. That figure is considerably higher than similar projections by groups like the World Health Organization and the Boston-based Health Effects Institute [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

High-stakes debate: How to connect turbines to Mass. grid

By David Iaconangelo, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-03-03 15:38:59

Transmission companies are warning that Massachusetts won’t meet its offshore wind targets or even its long-term climate goals unless the state builds an independent network of power lines to serve turbines in nearby waters. The idea of an independent network is set for discussion today at a technical conference hosted by the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) in Boston. [ read more … ]

Storage

Batteries ‘as big as you want’? Research offers clues

By Parker M. Shea, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-03-03 15:40:16

Scientists are one step closer to understanding why organic flow batteries — touted as a potential bridge to utility-scale energy storage — break down so quickly. Researchers at the University of Cambridge have for the first time applied magnetic resonance imaging to view the inner chemical workings of redox flow batteries, an alternative to the older lithium-ion technology that currently dominates the battery storage market. The process could be used to better understand and extend the technology’s life span, according to a paper published yesterday in Nature. [ read more … ]

Climate

Inslee’s lasting 2020 impact

BY KELSEY TAMBORRINO, Politico  •    •  Posted 2020-03-03 15:47:03

It’s been almost a year to the day since Inslee announced he’d run for president and would focus his campaign singularly on addressing climate change. Although the Washington governor never won traction among voters and dropped out of the race in August 2019, his campaign staffers were quick to fan out to plant the same policy ideas with a half-dozen other Democratic candidates. “The impact we had accelerated as we left the door,” said Sam Ricketts, Inslee’s former climate director and now a senior fellow at the liberal Center for American Progress. [ read more … ]

FERC

Democrats grumble as committee approves GOP FERC pick

By Jeremy Dillon, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-03-03 15:50:24

While Republicans have largely praised Danly’s energy expertise, the confirmation process has been consumed by Democrats’ demands that the White House pick someone to fill the Democratic vacancy left when Commissioner Cheryl LaFleur departed last year. Democrats have identified energy attorney Allison Clements as their preferred choice for their slot. Clements heads the clean energy market program at the Energy Foundation. She previously worked with the Natural Resources Defense Council on FERC-related issues. [ read more … ]

‘Long shot’ lawsuit takes aim at FERC order

By Niina H. Farah, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-03-03 15:43:13

Consumer advocates yesterday jump-started litigation over recent policy changes for the nation’s largest power market due to concerns that a separate round of legal wrangling over Federal Energy Regulatory Commission procedures could block their path to judicial review. Groups from three states and Washington said they filed their early lawsuit in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit over FERC’s Dec. 19, 2019, “minimum offer price rule,” or MOPR, out of “an abundance of caution.” The MOPR governs how energy resources bid into the PJM Interconnection capacity market. [ read more … ]

NYISO chief: FERC rules won’t kill clean energy

BY KELSEY TAMBORRINO, Politico  •    •  Posted 2020-03-03 15:47:51

While renewable developers and advocates derided them as “wrongheaded” and “a new subsidy to the fossil fuel industry,” the orders still allow NYISO to exempt some new subsidized renewables in the downstate region from an obscure test that could limit their revenues and make it harder to achieve the state’s goal of reaching carbon free electricity by 2040. [ read more … ]

States

Pritzker recruits former utility nemesis for help on state energy bill

By Steve Daniels, Crain’s Chicago Business  •    •  Posted 2020-03-03 15:48:52

“The governor is committed to passing clean energy legislation this spring and has made it clear that he will not sign a bill written by the utility companies,” a spokeswoman said in an email. “With deep experience running the Illinois EPA and regulating public utilities on the ICC, the Pritzker administration is excited to work with Doug Scott and the Great Plains Institute to pass legislation that puts consumers and climate first.” [ read more … ]

Car Rule

Science advisers slam rollback in final report

By Maxine Joselow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-03-03 15:45:48

“Time and again we’re reminded that there’s nothing good that could come out of the Trump’s administration’s indefensible rollback of clean car standards,” Andrew Linhardt, deputy director of advocacy for the Sierra Club’s Clean Transportation for All campaign, said in a statement. “It should be a major red flag that the EPA’s own advisors are raising alarm about the scientific merits of the proposed rollback, but this is unfortunately par for the course for a science-denying administration,” he said. [ read more … ]

EVs

Tesla registrations plunge in Musk’s top European markets

By Stefan Nicola and Dana Hull, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2020-03-03 15:41:42

Tesla Inc. has had a rough couple months in two European markets Elon Musk counted on for growth last year. The U.S. carmaker registered just 83 new cars in Norway last month, compared with 1,016 vehicles during the same period last year, according to data from the country’s transport authority. In the Netherlands, registrations plunged 68% to 155 units. [ read more … ]

Clean Fuel Stanard

Washington Legislators Move Closer to Voting on Clean Fuels Standard

By Jeremy Martin, Union of Concerned Scientists  •    •  Posted 2020-03-03 15:44:38

A bill (HB 1110) that would establish a clean fuels standard in Washington to reduce the demand for gasoline, reduce air pollution and address the climate emergency is moving through the legislature and will be heard next month by the Senate Transportation Committee. The largest source of global warming pollution in Washington state is transportation, namely the burning of petroleum-based fuels, such as gasoline and diesel. [ read more … ]

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