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California’s wildfire threat could be an opportunity for clean-energy microgrids

"The state’s biggest investor-owned utilities, Pacific Gas & Electric and Southern California Edison, are expected to de-energize power lines more frequently this year to stop them from igniting fires when the weather is dry and windy.  Whole communities can go dark for hours or even days.. With those concerns in mind, some energy companies are urging state officials to incentivize...

[Oregon] Grants for Renewable Energy Projects

"The Oregon Department of Energy recently announced $2.75 million in grant funding for renewable energy projects. Applications are due by April 22, 2019. " An excerpt from AOC

[US] Northam vetoes bill opposing cap-and-trade

"Virginia Gov.. Northam, a Democrat, said Thursday he had killed a bill that requires legislative approval before Virginia can participate in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative." An excerpt from San Francisco Chronicle

[US] Cap-and-trade bill divides businesses

"A cap-and-trade plan(the Clean Energy Jobs Bill) under discussion at the state Legislature could tax emissions from around 100 facilities in Oregon, including Wauna, and has some hopeful for a new push to fight climate change and expand green industries. The state is widely expected to link its program with the Western Climate Initiative implementing similar programs in California and Quebec,...

Avangrid Scores Utility PPA For 150 MW Washington Solar Project

"Avangrid Renewables is developing the 150 MW solar project, which would be the largest solar project in the state once completed, the company says.  “This is an incredible example of the public and private sector coming together to transform the trajectory of renewable energy in Washington state,” says Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, who announced last October that eight state agencies...

National Grid To Acquire Geronimo Energy For U.S. Renewable Energy Development

"National Grid has agreed to acquire Geronimo Energy and its projects for at least $225 million. With the deal for Geronimo, National Grid is expanding its renewable energy focus and footprint in favorable U.S. energy markets." An excerpt from Seeking Alpha

[Pennsylvania] Environmental Groups Petition State to Create Cap and Trade Program

"Over a hundred and sixty environmental groups and activists are petitioning Pennsylvania’s Department of the Environment to establish a cap and trade program that would reduce and ultimately eliminate emissions in the state." An excerpt from NFIB

Conservative lawmakers have climate change education in their scopes

"Since the midterm elections in November, lawmakers in at least 10 states have introduced multiple measures that either directly or indirectly challenge teaching of climate change in schools." An excerpt from Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

Shell urges Trump White House to tighten methane leak rules

"Breaking from a decades-old tradition of avoiding criticism of U.S. government policies, Shell’s U.S. Country Chair Gretchen Watkins called on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to tighten rules to plug methane leaks, a potent greenhouse gas." An excerpt from Reuters

Independent developer proposes $2.5B underground transmission line, to bring Iowa wind to PJM, MISO

"Direct Connect Development Company (DC DevCo) announced Monday a proposal for a 349-mile, 2.1 GW, high voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission line to run underground from Mason City, Iowa to the Chicagoland area, bringing renewable power from the wind-rich West into wholesale power markets. The SOO Green Renewable Rail (SOO Green) project is expected to cost $2.5 billion and could...

[US] Lawmakers push to replace state’s largest coal plant with renewable energy

"The New Mexico legislature passed a bill that would require the state to get 100 percent of its electricity from renewable resources. The state would get all of its electricity from publicly regulated utilities from renewable and carbon-free resources by 2045, according to NPR." An excerpt from The Hill

EPA pushes forward plan to increase ethanol mix in gasoline

"The latest step pushes forward a proposal that would allow the year-round sale of gasoline blended with up to 15 percent ethanol, known as E15. Also under the plan, Trump will make it harder for refiners to trade credits for biofuel use known as renewable identification numbers (RINs). The EPA on Tuesday said it will be looking for public comment...

Major businesses applaud Nevada for taking a leading role on climate change and clean energy

"On Tuesday, Gov. Sisolak announced that Nevada would join the U.S. Climate Alliance, a bipartisan coalition of 22 governors working to address climate change and advance the goals of the Paris Agreement. " An excerpt from Ceres 

Energy Secretary Wants to Fast-Track U.S. LNG Export Projects

"Exports of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the U.S. continue to rise, as the use of natural gas for power generation increases in countries such as China, South Korea, Japan, and Mexico. Data from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) shows that four U.S. LNG export facilities combined to ship 483 LNG cargoes in 2018, a whopping 84% increase...

Ohio Weighs a Nuclear Plant Bailout at FirstEnergy’s Urging. Will It Boost Renewables, Too?

"The powerful utility FirstEnergy has been pushing nuclear subsidies for years. It spent big in the last election and won a power shift in the legislature." An excerpt from Inside Climate News

Trump’s ‘Budget for a better America’ means worse climate change

"...A Budget for a Better America https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/budget-fy2020.pdf ...  A 31 percent reduction in spending at the Environmental Protection Agency. Slashing the agency’s budget keeps his promises on the campaign trail to cut back on enforcement actions that hurt the bottom line of the fossil fuel industry. The Department of Energy would see an 11 percent decrease from current funding, to $31.7...

[US] Energy’s cyber office gets a boost

"The federal government's designated energy sector cybersecurity agency could see more than $50 million more to help industry fight cybersecurity threats to the electric grid and other critical energy infrastructure. Overall, however, the White House requested $31.7 billion for DOE, an 11 percent decrease from the 2019 enacted level." An excerpt from 

Quebec cap-and-trade revenues exceed $3 billion as carbon market withstands ontario withdrawal

"A new infusion of C$215 million has pushed Quebec’s cumulative carbon cap-and-trade revenues above the $3 billion mark, at just the moment when Ontario has cancelled its carbon pricing program and Alberta’s Jason Kenney is vowing to do the same if he wins the provincial election later this year. Two key decisions contributed to that stability, CBC notes: the participating...

Lebanon gasification plant shuts down temporarily

Operations shut down Jan. 24 at the award-winning waste-to-energy gasification plant in Lebanon to allow the city to evaluate the plant’s cost-effectiveness. PHG Energy, parent company of Aries Clean Energy, initially said the gasification would divert 8,000 tons of wood and bio-solid waste from the landfill, as well as convert 450 tons of tires into electricity. The plant is the...