Clean Line, GE to Partner on Transmission Project

Source: By Kyle Massey, Arkansas Business Journal • Posted: Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin praised the deal in a statement to the Tulsa World, describing GE as “the world’s premier digital industrial company” working with Clean Line “on a transmission line that will harness and export Oklahoma’s great wind resource.” Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, while acknowledging political opposition, conceded last month that the state was likely to see benefits from the Clean Line project.

Clean Line, GE to build $2.5B wind power line

Source: John Fialka, E&E reporter • Posted: Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

“We are excited to see GE, the world’s premier digital industrial company, working with Clean Line Energy on a transmission line that will harness and export Oklahoma’s great wind resource,” commented Oklahoma’s Republican governor, Mary Fallin. Construction of the line is expected to begin in the second half of 2017. A deal that would create the largest clean-energy transmission project in the United States was announced yesterday, a $2.5 billion effort to build a high-voltage, direct-current (HVDC) power line that would take wind energy produced in Oklahoma’s windy Panhandle region to the Memphis, Tenn., area. From there it would be distributed by the Tennessee Valley Authority to other major power distribution systems in the South and Southeast.

Appeals court upholds dismissal of BLM-approved project

Source: Scott Streater, E&E reporter • Posted: Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

A federal appeals court has dismissed a Virginia energy company’s request to overturn a federal judge’s ruling last year that threw out the Obama administration’s approval of what was projected to be Nevada’s largest wind power project.

Is Nev. poised to change course on net metering?

Source: Benjamin Storrow, E&E reporter • Posted: Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

Nevada became the poster child for the national net-metering debate last year when state regulators voted to slash the credits paid to rooftop solar owners who send power back to the grid. New installations ground to a halt, as prominent installers like SolarCity Corp. and Sunrun Inc. shut down operations in the Silver State. But signs of change are afoot.

Colorado one of 11 states that generated at least 10 percent of its electricity from wind in 2015

Source: By Jesse Paul, Denver Post • Posted: Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

Colorado is one of 11 states that generated at least 10 percent of its total electricity from wind last year, according to an analysis by the Energy Information Administration.

Peak Renewable Energy Investment Seen Holding Back Climate Fight

Source: By Iain Wilson, Bloomberg • Posted: Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

Renewable energy investment probably has reached a peak of $349 billion that won’t be surpassed for at least five years, signaling a lull in the global fight against climate change. That’s the outlook from Michael Liebreich, founder of Bloomberg New Energy Finance, who predicted funding for wind, solar and other clean-energy projects will probably fall at least 15 percent this year. At a conference in Shanghai on Tuesday, he outlined how the industry’s capacity to generate power will keep growing even with lower investment.

Exclusive: Oil CEOs to Unveil Renewable Energy Fund in New Climate Push

Source: By Ron Bousso, Reuters • Posted: Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

Top oil companies including Saudi Armco and Shell will join forces to set up an investment fund to develop technologies to cut carbon emissions and promote renewable energy, sources said on Wednesday. The chief executives of seven oil and gas companies — BP, Eni, Repsol, Saudi Aramco, Shell, Statoil and Total — will announce details of the fund and other steps to reduce greenhouse gases in London on Friday.

‘Trend line is pretty clear’ on carbon curbs — White House official

Source: Hannah Hess, E&E reporter • Posted: Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

With investor scrutiny mounting on climate risks, a White House official suggested yesterday that companies that plan for reduced carbon emissions are “going to come out ahead.” Ali Zaidi, the Office of Management and Budget’s associate director for natural resources, energy and science, was asked during an Atlantic Council event about companies that use a shadow price of carbon in corporate decision making.

Voters taking green issues into their own hands

Source: Jennifer Yachnin and Cecelia Smith-Schoenwalder, E&E reporters • Posted: Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

The brutal campaign for the White House has dominated the election cycle — and worried House and Senate lawmakers dependent on the top of the ticket to sway their own races — but there’s a whole other set of pitched battles going on down-ballot, covering everything from energy regulation to legalized drugs. n Florida, the clash is over the future of solar-generated electricity, while in Nevada, it’s about deregulation of the electric grid. Among the many decisions before California voters is whether to legalize recreational marijuana, while in Colorado, voters could make future fights over oil and gas development less likely to go before voters.

Tesla’s solar roof — gimmick or game-changer?

Source: Christa Marshall, E&E reporter • Posted: Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

Tesla Motors Inc. CEO Elon Musk unveiled a much-anticipated “solar roof” Friday as part of his company’s quest to be at the forefront in fighting climate change. At an event at Universal Studios in Los Angeles, Musk said the new product fits into a three-part approach to cutting emissions through electric cars, home batteries and clean power. He also unveiled a more powerful version of Tesla’s existing Powerwall home battery with about twice the energy storage capacity of the current model.