Weekend Reads - Smart Energy Decisions

Commercial, Distributed Energy Resources, Energy Efficiency, Industrial, Regulation, Wind  -  November 11, 2017

Weekend reads: Wind, EV tax credit status; Tesla's Nantucket grid storage; Bonn climate outlook & more

Every Saturday, we'll bring you five of the most interesting — or quirky; it is the weekend after all — energy stories from around the web that you may have missed this week. This weekend's energy reads:

Tax Breaks for Oil, Wind, Electric Cars Survive in Senate Bill (Bloomberg): Tax breaks cherished by both the fossil fuel and renewable energy industries emerged unscathed in a tax plan unveiled in the U.S. Senate, according to details of the bill released Thursday evening by the chamber's main tax-writing committee.

Tesla Powers Up Nantucket With Grid Storage Installation (CleanTechnica): There are thousands of islands around the world that have no access to a conventional utility grid. Most of them rely on diesel generators for their electricity. Trendy Nantucket, once home to the world’s largest whaling fleet, is connected to the onshore grid by two undersea cables but it also relies on diesel generators for backup power in case one of those cables fails.

What's at Stake in the Bonn Climate Talks? (The New York Times): The Paris climate agreement of 2015 was a key moment in the battle against climate change: 195 countries vowed to help limit the rise in global temperatures since the industrial revolution to “well below” 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit). But the Paris deal was just the start of a long, arduous process. The world’s nations are still struggling to translate their lofty promises into meaningful cuts in greenhouse gas emissions. Which explains why diplomats are now meeting for yet another round of climate talks in Bonn, Germany, from Nov. 6 to 17.

As China Moves To Other Energy Sources, Its Coal Region Struggles To Adapt (NPR): In China's coal country, Shanxi Province, the black stuff is a more than just a source of income — it is a source of identity. Lumps of it are for sale at the national coal museum, in elegant, satin-lined gift boxes. The rest of the coal museum is faded and out of date, much like the city of Taiyuan, where it is located, about 300 miles southwest of Beijing.

Murkowski bill calls for at least two major lease sales in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (The Washington Post): Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Lisa Murkowksi (R-Alaska) released legislation Wednesday that would open Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling for the first time in a generation by calling for at least two major lease sales over the next decade.

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