Friday, October 19, 2018

Fwd: EnerKnol Week Ahead: See NY community solar

Monty Bannerman
ArcStar Energy
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It's time to prepare for the coming week with the EnerKnol Week Ahead, powered by the EnerKnol Platform. Coming up, the EPA is due to receive input on its rollback of Obama-era fuel economy and emission regulations for light vehicles; Federal regulators prepare the final environmental impact study for Venture Global's massive natural gas project in Louisiana; New Jersey's consumers will be charged for the 'clean' electricity provided by the state's nuclear plants as part of the zero emission certificate program.


Federal Agencies


Oct. 26

FERC Venture Global's $4.25B Plant Review

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will issue the final environmental impact assessment for Venture Global LNG Inc.'s Calcasieu Pass liquefied natural gas plant. The federal regulator had previously found in its draft impact study that the project would cause some adverse environmental impacts that could be mitigated to less-than-significant levels through recommended measures. The project, to be located in Cameron Parish, consists of nine liquefaction blocks with 1.41 billion cubic feet per day of capacity, and the $344-million TransCameron Pipeline Project, able to ship 1.9 million dekatherms per day of supplies, as well as a 720-megawatt natural gas-fired combined cycle gas generator. Venture Global expects the project to begin commercial operation in 2022. (CP15-551-000)

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Minnesota PUC
New Jersey BPU
New York PSC
Pennsylvania PUC



Oct. 26

DOE SAFE Vehicle Standards Deadline

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are scheduled to receive comments on their proposal to retain the fuel economy standards for cars and light-duty trucks at 37 miles per gallon from 2021 through 2026, rolling back a 2012 rule that called for reaching 46.7 miles per gallon target in 2025. The proposal also calls for a new 50-state standard for fuel economy and tailpipe carbon dioxide emissions standard for cars and light trucks for model years 2021 to 2026. It would withdraw a 2013 waiver that permits California to impose more stringent emissions standards. EPA projects the standards to reduce over $250 billion in regulatory costs and over $500 billion in societal costs over the lifetime of the vehicles through 2029. (EPA-HQ-OAR-2018-0283)



Oct. 26

EIA Monthly Energy Report

The U.S. Energy Information Administration will issue its Monthly Energy Review, providing data on energy production, consumption, prices and trade. U.S. net natural gas exports averaged 0.87 billion cubic feet per day during the first six months of this year, more than double the amount during all of 2017, which marked the first time the U.S. became a net exporter in almost 60 years. (Previous Report)


Eastern Region


Oct. 22

NY PSC Value Stack Working Group Deadline

The New York Public Service Commission is scheduled to receive comments on an impact analyses study from the state's utilities looking at community distributed generation. The regulator proposed revisions to how utilities should pay for distributed energy generation to more accurately reflect the environmental and system benefit of the supplies. Staff with the agency also recommended revisions that they said could help drive an additional 1,000 megawatts of new community solar power. (15-E-0751)



Oct. 22

NJ BPU Nuclear Subsidy Program Deadline

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities is scheduled to receive a tariff from electric distribution companies to recover a $0.004 per kilowatt-hour charge from their retail customers reflecting the emissions avoidance benefits associated with the continued operation of nuclear plants in the state. The Zero Emission Certificate, or ZEC, program was established under legislation enacted in May to compensate the fuel diversity and zero-carbon attributes of nuclear power. The law established a $300 million annual subsidy for the state's nuclear plants, which account for 39 percent of its electricity generation. New Jersey was home to the 1.2-gigawatt Hope Creek Nuclear Generating Station owned by Public Service Enterprise Group, the 2.3-gigawatt Salem Nuclear Power Plant co-owned by Public Service and Exelon Corporation and the 625-megawatt Oyster Creek Generating Station, also owned by Exelon. Oyster Creek was permanently shut down last month. (EO18080899)

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Monday, October 15, 2018 A Blue-Velvet Universe: Very Large Telescope Captures Invisible Glow of Deep Space A Blue-Velvet Universe: Very Large Telescope Captures Invisible Glow of Deep Space.
Monty Bannerman
ArcStar Energy
Tel: +1 646-402-5076

Reversing himself again and forced to face the predicted results of his stupidity, Trump pours more into Foreign Aid than he killed for his moronic base in order to Counter China’s Global Influence

Trump Embraces Foreign Aid to Counter China's Global Influence
Monty Bannerman
ArcStar Energy
Tel: +1 646-402-5076

Trump nominates the worst possible candidate to swing the majority of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission into the hands of the fossil and nuke lobbies.

President Donald Trump nominated Bernard L. McNamee to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for the term ending June 30, 2020, to fill the vacancy resulting from Commissioner Robert Powelson's resignation in August, according to an Oct. 9 release from the agency. McNamee currently serves as the Executive Director of the U.S. Energy Department's Office of Policy and was instrumental in designing Energy Secretary Rick Perry's controversial plan to prop up the country's coal and nuclear plants. The nomination would restore the Republican majority among FERC Commissioners at a time when the commission is considering major dockets including a review of the 1999 gas pipeline policy, grid resiliency, and state policy priorities.The U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources will consider the nomination at the full committee hearing scheduled for Oct. 16.

Monty Bannerman
ArcStar Energy
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Fwd: Department of Energy Announces $46 Million to Improve Resiliency of Solar Generation

Monty Bannerman
ArcStar Energy
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October 15, 2018

Department of Energy Announces $46 Million to Improve Resiliency of Solar Generation

Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $46 million in research funding to advance holistic solutions that provide grid operators the situational awareness and mitigation strategies against cyber and physical threats. With more and more solar generation coming online every day, grid operators need the tools and technologies to ensure that the electric grid is resilient and energy services are delivered to critical infrastructure. These projects will develop and validate control strategies, real-time system monitoring, robust communications and other technologies to make solar power at the bulk power and distribution levels more resilient.

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'It'll change back': Trump now says climate change not a hoax, but says it will change back by itself !! | US news | The Guardian

Sunday, October 14, 2018

The Motley Fool: Solar Energy Could Grow 6,500% by 2050

The Motley Fool: Solar Energy Could Grow 6,500% by 2050.
Monty Bannerman
ArcStar Energy
Tel: +1 646-402-5076

SpaceX board member says Starlink prototype satellites “are working wonderfully”

Teslarati: SpaceX board member says Starlink prototype satellites "are working wonderfully".
Monty Bannerman
ArcStar Energy
Tel: +1 646-402-5076

Saturday, October 13, 2018

NYTimes: Nobel in Economics: William Nordhaus Talks About Who’s Getting His Carbon -Tax Ideas Right

After Nobel in Economics, William Nordhaus Talks About Who's Getting His Pollution-Tax Ideas Right
Monty Bannerman
ArcStar Energy
Tel: +1 646-402-5076

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Ars Technica: Five graphics from Google show how carbon-intensive its data centers really are

Ars Technica: Five graphics from Google show how carbon-intensive its data centers really are.
Monty Bannerman
ArcStar Energy
Tel: +1 646-402-5076

EDF Energy and UK Power Reserve make 'historic' Capacity Market trade using blockchain | Current News

EDF Group launches ambitious plan for rolling out smart, electric transport in Europe | The Climate Group

Canada Pipeline Blast Risks Washington Natural Gas Shortage

Fwd: Trump’s market blame game

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ArcStar Energy
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Subject: Trump's market blame game

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Donald Trump knows who's to blame for the worst U.S. stock market selloff since February, and it's definitely not Donald Trump.

The U.S. president accused the "loco" Federal Reserve of "going wild" with interest-rate increases this year while insisting his trade war with China wasn't a factor in yesterday's market rout.

"That wasn't it," he told Fox News, adding "The problem I have is with the Fed."

Most market analysts take the opposite view, attributing the stock plunge mainly to fresh concern about the president's conflict with China.

In a break with White House tradition, Trump has publicly criticized the Fed, led by his appointee Jerome Powell, since July for interest-rate increases, and declared he was "not happy" in September after the third rate hike of the year.

Trump's defensiveness makes sense given the extent to which he's touted market strength as evidence of his success in office. There's less than a month to midterm elections that Democrats are framing as a referendum on his leadership.

The timing of the selloff may be politically dangerous for Republicans as they try to retain control of Congress.

Kathleen Hunter

Global Headlines

Brexit deal? | The U.K. and the European Union may be on the cusp of a Brexit breakthrough, though both sides cautioned against celebrating just yet. The devil is in the details, as German Chancellor Angela Merkel reminded everyone. Keeping the Irish border invisible after the U.K. leaves the EU remains the main sticking point. Prime Minister Theresa May's Northern Irish allies, who help her stay in power, are warning her not to sell them out.

Saudi arms
| Trump said he didn't want to block arms sales to Saudi Arabia, amid a swirl of controversy over the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi that includes claims by unnamed Turkish officials that the journalist was killed at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. A bipartisan group of U.S. senators is forcing the Trump administration to investigate, triggering a human rights probe that could result in sanctions against Saudi officials and entities.

Sanctions strains | Trump dismissed a suggestion by South Korea yesterday that it was considering whether to repeal a unilateral package of economic sanctions against North Korea. "Well, they won't do it without our approval," he told reporters. The terse exchange highlighted a gap between Trump's approach and that of South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who struck a series of reconciliation agreements with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un last month. 

Bannon's Europe | Former White House strategist Steve Bannon said EU states should abandon the euro over time and return to national currencies. He also lauded nationalist leaders including Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban as "heroic" in an interview with Bloomberg News Editor-in-Chief John Micklethwait. Bannon said his support of a Brussels-based organization promoting populist groups is aimed at returning the EU to a "collection of sovereign nations" rather than an economically and politically integrated bloc.

Fiery rhetoric | Trump used to attack Democrats as obstructionists determined to block his agenda. Now that they may be poised to seize control of the House, he's painting them in far darker tones. "You don't hand matches to an arsonist and you don't give power to an angry left-wing mob and that's what the Democrats have become," Trump said yesterday. Click here for more on the midterm ballot measures that could boost Democratic candidates.

What to Watch
— Italy's lower house is due to vote on a larger budget deficit for next year, ratifying the government's challenge to EU budget rules and the financial markets.

And finally
…Roger Waters divided Pink Floyd fans when his aptly-titled "Us+Them'" tour met Brazil's bitterly polarized politics at a concert in Sao Paolo. He drew mixed reactions when presidential election front-runner Jair Bolsonaro's name was added to a list of "fascist" world leaders projected onto a wall on stage. Waters, known for his political activism, also beamed the #EleNao (#NotHim) hashtag used in protests against Bolsonaro.

Waters.  Photographer: Carl Court/Getty Images Europe


Following the worst recession on record and a massive corruption scandal, Brazilians will hold general elections, including for the presidency, this month.

Here's a one-stop shop for everything on the election: polls, issues, financial indicators and major news.

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