U.S. Energy News

IRS guidance extends solar investment credits up to four years

SOLAR: The IRS extends a solar investment tax credit until the end of 2023 for projects that start construction by the end of 2019. (Bloomberg)

ALSO:
• State and local officials see solar development potential on tax-forfeited properties across Michigan. (Energy News Network)
• A North Carolina county that once banned solar farms has given a permit to a solar company after a long court battle. (Daily Advance)

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WIND:
• Virginia has been slow to dip its toe into offshore wind energy, but environmental advocates predict the industry is primed for a growth spurt over the next decade. (Energy News Network)
• A U.S. House panel is expected to take up three bills this week aimed at boosting offshore wind projects in federal waters. (E&E News, subscription)
• With the help of small-town Republican mayors pushing renewable energy, Texas has become a leader in wind power. (CBS News)

RENEWABLES:
• Wind and solar developers hope demand from cities, states and corporations offsets President Donald Trump’s harmful tax policy and tariffs. (Reuters)
• Cities across Minnesota are quickly turning to renewable energy due to favorable economics. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
• Atlanta officials want to push back to 2050 a goal of transitioning to 100 percent clean energy by 2035. (Atlanta Business Chronicle, subscription)

OIL & GAS:
• Crews begin to contain and clean up 230,000 gallons of crude oil that spilled into a river from a derailed train in Iowa. (Associated Press)
Critics say President Trump’s repeal of an Obama-era ocean policy “is a massive giveaway to Big Oil.” (The Hill)
The Delaware Senate passes a pair of bills that would prohibit offshore oil and gas drilling in the state. (47 ABC)

TRANSMISSION:
• A federal appeals court sides with FERC in a case utilities say will threaten transmission projects across the Midwest. (E&E News, subscription)
New Jersey regulators unanimously reject a proposal to build a 10-mile, high-voltage power line near the state’s northern coast. (Middletown Patch)
An effort to bring hydro power from Canada to Massachusetts is changing the dynamics of how New England gets its power. (Portland Press Herald)
• A federal court upholds a Minnesota law opposed by the Trump administration that favors incumbent utilities for transmission development. (E&E News, subscription)

BIOGAS: An energy company in Vermont uses wastewater from a beer brewery to create biogas to produce electricity. (VCAX 3)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Tesla uses tax credits from Nevada casinos to boost its bottom line. (Los Angeles Times)

GRID: A recent report seeks to quantify the potential market for and rebrand “virtual power plants.” (Greentech Media)

POLITICS: The lobbyist whose wife rented a discounted room to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt lobbied his chief of staff to hire a family friend, recently released emails show. (Washington Post)

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CLIMATE: California’s governor says his state isn’t waiting on President Trump or any other “climate deniers” to take action. (CBS News)

COMMENTARY:
• Rick Perry and Donald Trump are more concerned with creating the illusion of saving the iconic American coal miner than they are diversifying the grid and enhancing resilience and reliability, says a contributing editor to High Country News.

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