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The next front in the net-metering battle: Utah

Source: Benjamin Storrow, E&E News reporter • Posted: Monday, December 5th, 2016

Blue Raven may no longer be welcome in its home state. Utah’s sole investor-owned utility, Rocky Mountain Power, has proposed a series of fixed charges on rooftop panel owners, in a move that photovoltaic advocates say would effectively crush the Beehive State’s nascent solar industry. “They are not trying to send a warning shot across the bow,” Lee said. “This is their way to sink the ship.”

Battle over $600M wind power superhighway heads to Illinois Supreme Court

Source: By Becky Yerak, Chicago Tribune • Posted: Monday, December 5th, 2016

Backers say $600 million would be spent on the 120-mile stretch in Illinois, in the process creating construction jobs, stimulating the manufacturing sector, generating tax and other revenues for state and local governments, and providing low-cost, clean renewable energy to 1.4 million Midwest homes. There’s just one problem: The 300-member Illinois Landowners Alliance, the 80,000-member Illinois Farm Bureau and Commonwealth Edison have fought the project. In August, an appellate court handed the opponents a victory, reversing a 2014 Illinois Commerce Commission decision that allowed the construction of the transmission line to proceed.

1st US offshore wind farm to begin production within days

Source: By The Associated Press • Posted: Monday, December 5th, 2016

There has been a hiccup at the nation’s first offshore wind farm as it prepares to start delivering power. Deepwater Wind, which owns the five-turbine farm off Block Island, Rhode Island, says one turbine is not turning. But spokeswoman said Friday that will not delay the start-up and the other turbines will begin delivering power for the grid within days.

Solar growth outpaces other energy sources in 2016

Source: Daniel Cusick, E&E News reporter • Posted: Friday, December 2nd, 2016

Solar power generation saw a 42.5 percent jump in the first nine months of 2016 compared with the same period a year ago, outpacing all other energy fuels in terms of percentage growth, according to newly released data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Wind power saw the second-largest increase in use, rising by nearly 22 percent, followed by conventional hydroelectric power, which increased 9.1 percent, according to EIA’s latest Electric Power Monthly report

US Wind makes Maryland case

Source: By ReNews • Posted: Friday, December 2nd, 2016

Developer US Wind has expressed confidence in having submitted a winning application to develop a 250MW offshore wind farm in Maryland. The local company, one of the two seeking state funding for the technology, said its proposal will bring an entire industry to the area and create thousands of construction jobs. US Wind wants to make Maryland the East Coast hub for offshore wind, it said

Trump pick helped spur Pentagon renewables

Source: Ariel Wittenberg, E&E News reportera • Posted: Friday, December 2nd, 2016

Mattie to famously ask Congress, in a post-combat report, to “unleash” the military “from the tether of fuel.” Mattis’ report prompted the Pentagon to take a closer look at its supply chain, with DOD ultimately finding that by 2009 more than 3,000 troops and civilian contractors had been killed or wounded protecting convoys, 80 percent of which were transporting truck fuel.

Trump should pick Cramer to lead DOE — Hamm

Source: Hannah Northey, E&E News reporter • Posted: Friday, December 2nd, 2016

But Hamm today touted Cramer’s credentials as a former utilities regulator in North Dakota. When asked if he was interested in the post, Hamm reiterated that he has a full-time job running Continental Resources Inc. and plans to stay put. Cramer during interviews hasn’t ruled out taking the DOE post, but that could change if Trump selects Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota for a Cabinet post, leaving her seat open in the upper chamber. Heitkamp is slated to meet with the president-elect tomorrow in Trump Tower

Potential Heitkamp pick could shake up Senate, Trump team

Source: Robin Bravender, E&E News reporter • Posted: Friday, December 2nd, 2016

North Dakota Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp is scheduled to meet with President-elect Donald Trump today, a signal that she may be in the running for a top administration post. Putting Heitkamp in his Cabinet or in another top executive branch gig would bolster Trump’s bipartisan credentials while boosting Senate Republicans’ chances of keeping or increasing their majority in 2018.

Trump considering Senator Heitkamp of North Dakota for Cabinet: source

Source: By Ernest Schnyder, Reuters • Posted: Friday, December 2nd, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump is considering Democratic U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota for either the interior or energy secretary positions in his Cabinet, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters on Thursday. President-elect Donald Trump is considering Democratic U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota for either the interior or energy secretary positions in his Cabinet, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters on Thursday. Heitkamp, along with Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, negotiated a deal in Congress last December to lift the decades-old ban on crude oil exports in exchange for a multi-year extension of tax credits for wind and solar energy.

Tax Extensions remain on table amid heavy lobbying

Source: Geof Koss and Christa Marshall, E&E News reporters • Posted: Friday, December 2nd, 2016

Multiple industries are mounting a last-ditch effort to extend a handful of energy tax breaks by attaching them to must-pass spending legislation, although aides and lobbyists say the push remains an uphill fight. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) had pledged to work toward an extension of the investment tax credit for qualifying energy sources left out of last year’s deal. He is eyeing the continuing government funding resolution as a vehicle but is meeting resistance in the House, Democratic aides said this week.