Wind, solar energy have not harmed U.S. power grid -industry study

Source: By Nichola Groom, Reuters • Posted: Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

With the Trump administration expected to publish an analysis that could undermine the U.S. wind and solar industries, two renewable energy lobbying groups on Tuesday released their own study saying new energy sources pose no threat to the country’s power grid. Wind and solar advocates have said the government study’s outcome appeared to be pre-determined to favor fossil fuel industries. The new report, commissioned by the American Wind Energy Association and Advanced Energy Economy, says cheap natural gas is behind most of the decline in the numbers of U.S. coal-fired power plants in recent years, not government subsidies that have bolstered the growth of wind and solar power.

D.C. Circuit backs grid rules accused of hurting wind, solar

Source: Amanda Reilly, E&E News reporter • Posted: Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

A federal court today unanimously upheld regulators’ approval of a new electricity market structure in the eastern half of the country. The three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit rejected environmentalists’ arguments that the framework discriminates against intermittent sources of energy such as wind and solar.

Trump Power Study Riles Trade Groups Before It’s Released

Source: By Patrick Martin, Bloomberg • Posted: Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

Critics aren’t waiting for opening night to pan a Trump administration study on the U.S. power grid they believe will demonize renewable energy while promoting coal and nuclear generation. The report, ordered up by Energy Secretary Rick Perry and expected this month, will examine whether policies that favor wind and solar energy are accelerating the retirement of coal and nuclear plants needed to ensure reliable power supplies, according to an April 14 memo obtained by Bloomberg News.

Nevada Governor Vetoes Renewable Bill in Setback for Advocates

Source: By Mark Chediak, Bloomberg • Posted: Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval vetoed a bill late Friday that would have boosted the state’s renewable energy target, dealing a setback for clean-energy advocates looking for state action after President Donald Trump said he would pull the U.S. from the Paris climate pact. The legislation required that 40 percent of the state’s electricity come from clean energy sources by 2030, up from the current target of 25 percent by 2025. The Nevada Resort Association, a casino trade group, called the mandate premature because the state was starting to deregulate its electricity market through a November ballot measure.

Nevada governor vetoes plan to expand renewable portfolio standard

Source: Benjamin Storrow, E&E News reporter • Posted: Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) exercised his veto pen to strike down a community solar bill and a plan to boost the Silver State’s renewable portfolio standard (RPS) to 40 percent by 2030. The move brought to an abrupt halt a stunning winning streak by greens in Carson City, where lawmakers this year passed 11 energy bills aimed at bolstering renewables, electric vehicles and energy storage, among other measures. Sandoval signed nine of those into law

Pressed on budget, Perry talks ‘fiduciary responsibility’

Source: Christa Marshall, E&E News reporter • Posted: Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

Energy Secretary Rick Perry told lawmakers today he’s committed to the United States being a leader in clean energy technology despite President Trump’s announcement to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement. It was one of the few times that climate change came up in the first two hours of a House Appropriations subcommittee hearing to examine DOE’s $28 billion budget request for fiscal 2018. Perry said he delivered Trump’s message on the Paris Agreement to the world during a visit to China last week.

China propels rise of electric ultra-high-performance cars

Source: By The Associated Press • Posted: Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

Want an insanely fast ride with zero emissions? Startup NIO has the car: An electric two-seater with muscular European lines and a top speed of 195 miles per hour (313 kilometers per hour). The catch: The EP9 costs nearly $1.5 million. NIO, a Chinese-Western hybrid with bases in Shanghai, London and Silicon Valley, created it to showcase the company’s technology and had no sales plans. But it is taking orders for “bespoke vehicles” after hearing from buyers ready to pay the eye-popping price.

Op-Ed: Asking the Wrong Questions on Energy

Source: By Satyajit Das, Bloomberg View • Posted: Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

To adapt Thomas Pynchon, if the wrong question is asked, the answer doesn’t matter. Today, the world seems to be consciously framing its energy problems in a way that avoids the right questions, and thus true solutions.

CO2 isn’t ‘primary’ cause of climate change — Perry

Source: Christa Marshall, E&E News reporter • Posted: Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

Energy Secretary Rick Perry said carbon dioxide is not the primary driver of climate change, stirring the global warming debate ahead of his appearance on Capitol Hill this week. On CNBC’s “Squawk Box,” Perry was asked if he believes CO2 is the main factor driving fluctuating Earth and climate temperatures. He said “no,” adding that he thinks “most likely” the ocean waters and the environment are the main drivers.

Can offshore wind revive America’s ports? This town hopes so

Source: Benjamin Storrow, E&E News reporter • Posted: Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

This salt-caked fishing port has been flush with wind prospectors ever since Massachusetts legislators passed a law for massive wind development in the shallow waters south of Martha’s Vineyard. Ed Anthes-Washburn, a local port official, estimates he gives five harbor tours a month to wind industry representatives. Planning for the industry’s arrival now occupies much of his time, alongside proposals to redevelop several old industrial sites and a Seattle-style fish pier.