U.S. Energy News

Report: U.S. deploys record amount of behind-the-meter energy storage

STORAGE: The U.S. deployed a record-breaking amount of grid-interactive, behind-the-meter energy storage in the second quarter of 2017, with much of the growth stemming from projects in California and Hawaii, according to a new report. (Greentech Media)

ALSO:
• A handful of companies are hoping to scale up the budding thermal storage market. (Greentech Media)
• The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power moves forward with its first battery energy storage system at a solar plant in the Mojave Desert. (Greentech Media)

SOLAR:
• Florida-based NextEra Energy wants to build a 20-megawatt solar array on 120 acres in Maine, which would be used provide energy for about 7,000 homes in Connecticut. (Portland Press Herald)
• Iowa is among the rural and conservative parts of the country where solar adoption is growing the fastest, thanks to community solar. (E&E News)
• A new poll by researchers at the University of Michigan finds strong support among Americans for net metering policies. (Phys.org)

HYDRO: Ohio-based American Municipal Power completes 300 megawatts of new hydroelectric plants along the Ohio River, concluding 10 years of work. (Columbus Dispatch)

WIND: How wind energy is providing an economic boost to rural communities. (Dow Jones Newswires)

EMISSIONS: A task force in Denver recommends strategies for cutting the city’s emissions by 80 percent, including using 100 percent renewable energy by 2030 and shifting away from heating buildings with natural gas. (Denver Post)

POLLUTION: Advocates concerned about pollution from petroleum coke are worried an Ohio professor’s study downplaying the health risks will gain new prominence now that he has been named to a key EPA post. (Midwest Energy News)

PIPELINES:
• While visiting an oil refinery in North Dakota, President Trump reminds the audience about his support for the Dakota Access pipeline. (Associated Press)
• San Antonio-based Valero Energy Corp. will build a 136-mile oil pipeline from Houston to the Austin suburbs. (San Antonio Business Journal)

COAL:
• A Pennsylvania coal company announces plans to construct a first-of-its-kind plant that will convert coal waste into clean carbon fuel. (Pittsburgh Business Times)
• The Tennessee Valley Authority says it will take 24 years to remove coal ash from one of its power plants and plans to begin these efforts within 30 days unless a court rules otherwise. (Associated Press)

NUCLEAR:
• South Carolina lawmakers question why an audit finished 19 months ago on the now-abandoned Summer nuclear plant project was not released until now, as panels plan to meet next week to further investigate the multi-billion-dollar failure. (Post and Courier)
• Two nuclear plants in Florida are in Hurricane Irma’s projected path and may be shut down. (Miami Herald)

CLIMATE: Hurricanes Irma and Harvey have restarted the debate on climate change and whether warmer oceans are making hurricanes stronger. (McClatchy, Bloomberg)

POLITICS:
• Hillary Clinton wrote in her new book, “What Happened,” that her biggest regret from the campaign trail was saying she would put coal miners out of business with her plan to further replace fossil fuel energy with renewables. (Business Insider)
• A former Trump science adviser talks about his resignation, 100 percent renewables, a recent Energy Department report on grid reliability and coal’s supposed contribution to grid resilience. (Vox)

EPA: The EPA’s workforce is shrinking to levels not seen since the Reagan administration, with 362 employees accepting a voluntary buyout last week and another 33 employees retiring at the end of the month. (Washington Post)

UTILITIES:
• Arizona’s largest electric utility proposes new programs to help customers conserve energy, including incentives for smart thermostats, electric vehicle charging infrastructure, electric school buses and energy storage. (Utility Dive)
• Hackers have been using a sophisticated campaign to target the energy sector since late 2015, according to a new report. (The Hill)

DEMAND RESPONSE: Grid operator PJM considers additional changes to help boost the amount of demand response resources in wholesale power markets. (Utility Dive)

COMMENTARY:
• Compared to traditional power plants, solar offers some of the safest, most reliable power available. (The Hill)
• There are short-term and long-term benefits of solar power as people prepare for the power disruptions Hurricane Irma will likely cause. (Southern Alliance for Clean Energy)

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