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May 14, 2020

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In a First, Renewable Energy Is Poised to Eclipse Coal in U.S.

By Brad Plumer, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2020-05-14 04:12:30

The United States is on track to produce more electricity this year from renewable power than from coal for the first time on record, new government projections show, a transformation partly driven by the coronavirus pandemic, with profound implications in the fight against climate change. It is a milestone that seemed all but unthinkable a decade ago, when coal was so dominant that it provided nearly half the nation’s electricity. And it comes despite the Trump administration’s three-year push to try to revive the ailing industry by weakening pollution rules on coal-burning power plants.
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Wind Energy

FERC order bars offshore wind from largest U.S. power market

By Heather Richards and Arianna Skibell, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2020-05-13 15:25:21

A contentious order that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued last year could block offshore wind developers from the nation’s largest power market, analysts say. While the nascent offshore industry is likely to recoup lost revenue from the pricing mechanism, FERC’s move will undermine efforts to slash carbon dioxide emissions by extending a lifeline to fossil fuel generators that would otherwise have retired, according to experts. Now, states with ambitious clean energy goals say they are grappling with how to respond. [ read more … ]

Solar, Wind and Storage

PacifiCorp Readies Huge Solicitation for Renewables, Energy Storage

By Jeff St. John, Green Tech Media  •    •  Posted 2020-05-13 15:26:13

Utility group PacifiCorp is about to open a gusher of opportunity for wind, solar and energy storage developers in the Pacific Northwest and Rocky Mountain regions. Last year PacifiCorp finalized a landmark integrated resource plan (IRP) that for the first time envisions it relying on large amounts of wind farms and solar backed by energy storage to meet its long-range energy needs.  Now the utility, part of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway conglomerate, is preparing a solicitation for projects to meet that plan’s needs through 2024, taking a concrete step toward its vision. [ read more … ]


Energy, environment advocates get a bite of $3T behemoth

By George Cahlink and Geof Koss, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2020-05-13 15:29:40

House leaders largely left out contentious energy policy and environmental aid provisions from the $3 trillion pandemic bill Democrats plan to pass later this week, but some priorities did make it into the massive package. On Monday, House leaders released H.R. 6800, which seeks to marshal the resources of the federal government to fight and recover from the crisis. For energy advocates and environmentalists, the most notable aspect of the 1,815-page bill is what’s absent — significant new policies. [ read more … ]

This is not the green stimulus you’re looking for

BY KELSEY TAMBORRINO, Politico  •    •  Posted 2020-05-13 15:26:43

House Democrats unveiled a $3 trillion package on Tuesday to respond to the coronavirus crisis that they’re planning to vote on at the end of the week . The 1,815-page measure is largely a messaging bill with no chance of passing the Republican-led Senate in its current form, but the bill omits any major climate change or clean-energy provisions that some green groups had hoped to see, [ read more … ]

House Democrats don’t touch oil and gas company aid in new coronavirus bill

By Dino Grandoni with Paulina Firozi, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2020-05-13 15:28:15

House Democrats unveiled a huge, new coronavirus relief package that would inject more than $3 trillion into state and local governments, health systems and other parts of the economy rocked by the coronavirus pandemic. But absent are any new policies to boost renewable forms of energy and wean the country off of fossil fuels that could gum up passing the massive package expected to receive a vote on Friday. [ read more … ]


Trump says oil moving ‘to greatness.’ 4 reports disagree

By Lesley Clark and Mike Lee, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2020-05-13 15:27:46

President Trump said yesterday that the oil industry is turning the corner, and his Energy secretary echoed the enthusiasm, insisting in two interviews that the industry is on the verge of what the administration calls a “transition to greatness.” “What we’re seeing in the markets today [is] stability, and that’s what’s important for these energy companies to survive this pandemic and to explode with economic activity on the other side,” Dan Brouillette said in a Fox Business Network interview. [ read more … ]


Wireless tech powers EVs without charging stations — study

By David Iaconangelo, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-05-13 15:28:45

A wireless charger developed by Stanford University engineers could one day refuel an electric car while it’s still on the road, allowing drivers to skip the slow charging stations that have discouraged EV adoption. The Stanford team’s system, described in a study published in Nature Electronics last week, uses the same basic design as most wireless chargers. Two magnetic coils face each other, with one acting as the “source” coil that transits electricity toward the “receiver” coil. [ read more … ]


Will climate shape Biden’s VP search? Meet the vetters

By Adam Aton, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-05-13 15:29:15

A year ago, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti unveiled his vision for a Green New Deal. He followed up in February with a laundry list of green directives — congestion pricing, fossil fuel divestment, aggressive decarbonization timelines — that echoed the most progressive plans in the presidential field. Now Garcetti is helping Joe Biden pick his running mate. [ read more … ]

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