November 9, 2017

November 8, 2017

New Path Eyed for High-Voltage Transmission Lines in Idaho

The Bureau of Land Management released a new analysis on proposed routes for two high-voltage transmission lines in southwestern Idaho to modernize the Pacific Northwest's energy grid. The 1,000-mile Gateway West line is part of a larger project that Rocky Mountain Power says are necessary to meet future demands and improve reliability.

November 7, 2017

November 6, 2017

November 3, 2017

Fossil-Fuel-Friendly Tax Plan Spares Oil, Not Solar or Tesla

The tax overhaul proposed by House Republicans benefits oil and gas companies more than solar developers or electric car buyers. It keeps tax breaks for the oil and gas industry but cancels credits for big solar and geothermal projects, which could make it harder for renewables to attract financing.

November 1, 2017

FEMA Chief Says Agency Didn’t Approve Whitefish Contract

FEMA officials told Congress that they had nothing to do with approving the $300 million Whitefish Energy Contract to restore electricity in Puerto Rico. FEMA chief Brock Long also said he would need additional legal authority from Congress to spend federal funds to rebuild. Read more from ICN about how renewable energy could help restore power on the island.

China’s Renewable Power Waste Declined This Year

China wasted less renewable energy in the first nine months of 2017, according to the country's National Energy Administration. Wasted solar power fell 3.8 percentage points to about 5 percent, but in the western part of the state, there are still significant amounts of electricity failing to reach the grid.

October 31, 2017

Why More Flexible Operation Won’t Save U.S. Nuclear Power Plants

Flexible generation technologies being used to help nuclear plants balance the European grid with renewables likely wouldn't revive the struggling U.S. industry, according to a leading nuclear energy expert. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission prohibits the remote or automatic control of nuclear plants, and the economics might not be worthwhile.

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