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September 5, 2014

Reid vows to hold vote on renewable tax credits, calls for LNG tax reform

Debra Kahn, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-09-05 06:41:39

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) today said he would bring tax extenders for renewable energy to the Senate floor this year, lambasting Republicans for their opposition earlier in the year. Tax credits for wind energy, biomass, energy efficiency and other energy sources are among a package of about 50 credits and other incentives that expired in January or are set to lapse at year’s end. [ read more … ]

What happened to that national high voltage transmission system?

By Herman K. Trabish, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2014-09-05 06:42:10

Once-bold calls for national high-capacity transmission to harvest abundant but remote U.S. wind, solar, and geothermal resources are now a distant whisper. But some developers are still pioneering upgrades for a fragile, somewhat balkanized electricity delivery system. “You can’t get enough clean energy from distributed resources,” said former Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) chairman and staunch distributed energy resources (DERs) advocate Jon Wellinghoff. “If you run the numbers, you find out we need these clean remote resources and transmission lines to get them to the load.” [ read more … ]

Power industry on a ‘train wreck’ path, consultant says

Peter Behr, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-09-05 06:42:41

Four years ago, energy consultant Peter Fox-Penner assessed disruptive forces converging on the U.S. electric power sector, finding that the industry’s century-old business models would have to radically change because of the climate threat, technology innovation and slowing growth for electricity. In an updated version of his 2010 book “Smart Power,” Fox-Penner, chairman emeritus of the Brattle Group consultancy, documents how these trends have accelerated since then. He presents the case for change as a survival issue for an industry with an indispensable product. [ read more … ]

Re-inventing the grid

By Steve Calechman, MIT News  •    •  Posted 2014-09-05 06:43:01

Cambridge-based MIT startup Ambri is building a novel liquid metal battery for grid-level storage to revolutionize energy in the 21st century. The challenge of selling any new idea is that it has to compete with every other new idea. The process is more difficult when the idea’s technology hasn’t existed and addresses an issue that some industries don’t see as a problem. Such is the reality of Ambri. [ read more … ]

Verizon sees renewable energy backup system as a profit-making venture

Daniel Cusick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-09-05 06:43:20

Verizon Communications Inc., the United States’ largest cellular and broadband provider, polished its green business credentials last week by announcing it would effectively double its solar power generation at 13 company-owned sites in six states. The additional solar power, which should boost the firm’s renewable energy portfolio to an industry-leading 25 megawatts, was more than a gesture toward promoting clean energy and environmental sustainability. [ read more … ]

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