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Studies warn climate change could decrease wind turbine production

WIND: Changing wind patterns due to climate change could decrease the output of turbines, with a 17 percent drop predicted in the central U.S., according to two recent studies. (Washington Post, The Guardian)

ALSO:
• Increased wind energy generation is helping to lower greenhouse gas emissions in Iowa. (Radio Iowa)
• Idaho regulators lowered wind integration rates for Rocky Mountain Power from $3.06 per MWh to $0.57 per MWh for small facilities. (Utility Dive)

SOLAR:
• Officials dedicated two solar plants near Las Vegas that will produce 179 megawatts for a commercial data company. (Associated Press)
• Three cities in the Southeast are among those hosting federally funded training for architects and other design professionals in an effort to support solar adoption(Southeast Energy News)

SMART GRID: Some researchers and health care professionals say smart grid-enabled switches designed to make homes more energy efficient and grid-responsive could have an added benefit of helping seniors age in place. (Midwest Energy News)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: A General Motors executive says electric vehicle sales would be impacted if Congress eliminates a $7,500 EV tax credit. (Reuters)

OIL & GAS:
• The Trump administration is preparing to formally unveil a plan for selling new oil and gas drilling rights in Atlantic waters — territory that former President Obama had put off limits. (Bloomberg)
• A Houston gas driller is seeking monetary damages from a Pennsylvania homeowner who said the company contaminated his water supply. (Associated Press)
• The Center for Biological Diversity plans to sue the EPA for allowing oil and gas rigs to flush waste liquids into Gulf waters. (The Advocate)
• North Dakota oil operators burned off over 300 million cubic feet of natural gas per day in September. More than a dozen companies failed to meet state flaring goals. (Associated Press)

PIPELINES: Canada-based Enbridge Inc. is teaming up with Houston-based Phillips 66 to build a Texas pipeline that will transport 385,000 barrels per day from the Permian Basin to the Gulf Coast by late 2019. (Houston Business Journal)

POLICY: FERC Commissioner Neil Chatterjee appears to have softened his position on issuing “interim” payments to coal and nuclear plants, saying a long-term grid resilience assessment is “more important.” (Utility Dive)

REGULATION: A review by the U.S. Government Accountability Office concludes that FERC needs access to better quality data to determine if capacity markets are functioning properly. (Utility Dive)

CLIMATE:
• A panel of federal appeals court judges expressed skepticism over a request by Trump administration lawyers to dismiss a climate change lawsuit brought by 21 children. (Washington Post)
• French president Emmanuel Macron awarded grants to 13 American scientists to conduct research in France for the duration of the Trump administration, as part of a “Make Our Planet Great Again” competition. (Washington Post)

NUCLEAR:
• South Carolina’s state-owned utility Santee Cooper is cutting $1 billion from its budget and won’t fill some jobs after its failed Summer nuclear project. (Post and Courier)
• SCANA is proposing to give the site of the Summer project to Santee Cooper in hopes the project can be preserved and one day finished. (Associated Press)
• Dominion Energy shut down one of its nuclear reactors in Virginia after discovering a water leak in the cooling system. (Associated Press)

COMMENTARY:
• The Trump administration’s efforts to scrap Obama-era climate policies could lead to an unintended backlash from the courts, says a former climate expert for the Sierra Club. (Vox)
• California’s new time-of-use rates are making solar-plus-storage more attractive than standalone PV for many non-residential customers, says a sales engineer at Geli energy lab. (Greentech Media)

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