U.S. Energy News

Shift in U.S. funding needed to ready grid for solar

SOLAR: The U.S. must redirect spending from solar tax credits to prepare the grid for large-scale solar energy use if the industry is to play a significant role in lowering carbon emissions, says a report released by MIT researchers on Tuesday. (Reuters)

ALSO: Dominion is making moves out west with the purchase of a 20 megawatt solar facility in California, adding to its more than 350 megawatts of solar in operation across the country. (FierceEnergy)

METHANE: An instrument used to measure methane leaks from oil and gas operations severely underestimates emissions under certain conditions, a preliminary study found. (InsideClimate News)

GRID: Somewhere between the power plant and light switch, as much as 6 percent of U.S. electric power disappears, the recovery of which will be integral to the future grid. (EnergyWire)

CLEAN POWER PLAN: Two state attorneys general gave a preview Tuesday of their legal arguments against the EPA’s climate rule for power plants and promised further legal action after the agency approves the rule this summer. (Associated Press)

BIOFUELS: The Obama administration is conducting the last step in its review of proposed annual ethanol and biodiesel blending mandates for 2014, 2015 and 2016. (The Hill)

FRACKING: Fracking wells in Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale region are disproportionately located in poor rural communities, which bear the brunt of associated pollution, according to a new study. (Environmental Health News)

ELECTRIC CARS: The Wall Street research firm Jefferies published the results Tuesday of a survey of 700 people that suggests Tesla could sell “at least” 500,000 cars a year by 2020. (Business Insider)

EFFICIENCY: A Maine entrepreneur has built a new home that’s 90 percent more energy efficient than the typical home and produces more than twice as much energy than it consumes. (Associated Press)

WIND:
A bill that would have provided Nebraska’s first-ever production tax credits for wind farms and other renewable energy facilities died Tuesday in the face of a filibuster. (Omaha World-Herald)
MidAmerican Energy Company has submitted plans to the Iowa Utilities Board to develop 552 megawatts of wind in the state. (FierceEnergy)
Renewable energy developer SunEdison has decided not to seek a long-term contract with Maine utilities for its Weaver Wind project. (The Bangor Daily News)

CARBON PRICING: The Corvallis, Oregon, voted 8-1 Monday night in favor of supporting state lawmakers in their effort to put a price on carbon emissions. (Corvallis Gazette-Times)

CLEAN JOBS:
• Clean energy startups are attracting women by offering an outsized opportunity to have an impact on society in an exciting sector with potentially lucrative financial rewards, experts say. (Greenwire)
• The clean-jobs sector in Illinois now employs more than 104,000 people, an increase of 7.8 percent since 2013, the Clean Energy Trust said Tuesday. (Chicago Tribune)

MIDWEST: As Minnesota emerges as a leader in solar power, the second annual Midwest Solar Expo next week in Minneapolis is expected to draw as many as 300 people from industry and advocacy groups. (Midwest Energy News)

 

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