Scott Pruitt Is Confirmed to Lead the EPA, an Agency He Sued 13 Times

The U.S. Senate approved Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt today as head of the Environmental Protection Agency, throwing the future of the agency into doubt.

The heavily contested decision puts one of the fiercest legal challengers of federal environmental rules at the helm of the government arm that oversees them. Pruitt has filed more than a dozen lawsuits against the EPA, at times in collaboration with fossil fuel companies, which he will now be in charge of regulating.  

Pruitt’s confirmation is expected to result in looser, more industry-friendly air and water rules. It could also fundamentally change the structure of the agency. Both supporters and critics believe

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A law that took effect at the start of the year requires water-conserving fixtures in single-family homes built before 1994
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A state law that became effective at the beginning of the year requires that all plumbing fixtures in houses built before 1994 meet water conservation standards, theoretically pushing many thousands of residents to upgrade toilets, showerheads, and faucets.

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Scott Pruitt Is Confirmed to Lead the EPA, an Agency He Sued 14 Times

The U.S. Senate approved Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt today as head of the Environmental Protection Agency, throwing the future of the agency into doubt.

The heavily contested decision puts one of the fiercest legal challengers of federal environmental rules at the helm of the government arm that oversees them. Pruitt filed 14 lawsuits against the EPA while serving as attorney general. All but one of these cases were filed in collaboration with fossil fuel industry players, which he will now be in charge of regulating.  

Pruitt’s confirmation is expected to result in looser, more industry-friendly air and water rules. It could also fundamentally change the structure

C&I Storage Expected to Grow Threefold in Germany and the UK by 2021

Germany and the U.K. could see a combined 210 megawatt-hours of commercial and industrial (C&I) storage installed per year by 2021, new research shows.

The volume of installations would represent an almost tenfold increase on the roughly 22 megawatt-hours of C&I storage deployed across Germany and the U.K. in 2016.

Cumulatively, the two countries might have an installed base of between 500 and 600 megawatt-hours of C&I storage within five years, says a confidential study from Delta Energy & Environment (Delta-ee), a global energy research and consultancy firm in Edinburgh, Scotland.

“Over the next five years, we see a significant growth opportunity,” says

Why Wind Turbines Should Talk to Each Other

A wind turbine spinning its blades in a valley in southeast India asks a turbine on a plain in Iowa if it should slow down or speed up its rotation. Sound like the stuff of science fiction?

It’s not, according to GE’s VP of Software Research Colin Parris. GE has been developing software, sensors and networking technology that enable wind turbines to talk to each other, not only within the confines of a particular wind farm, but even across the planet.

Such technology, and others like it, could help boost wind farm capacity, lower costs of operating wind farms, and potentially help wind energy compete

Southwest Power Pool Set US Wind Power Penetration Record of 52% on Feb 12

Electric Light & Power: SPP Sets North American Record for Wind Power   

Southwest Power Pool set a wind power penetration record of 52.1 percent at 4:30 a.m., Feb. 12, becoming the first regional transmission organization (RTO) in North America to serve more than 50 percent of its load at a given time with wind energy.

The milestone beats a previous North American RTO record of 49.2 percent that SPP set April 24, 2016. Wind penetration is a measure of the amount of total load served by wind at a given time.

As recently as the early 2000s, SPP’s generating fleet

Without Their Own Software, Can Utilities Survive?

Today, large companies often prioritize resources and investment for their core competencies, while everything non-core becomes eligible for outsourcing. Outsourcing makes them more efficient and saves them money over the long term. Ironically, knowing how to outsource has itself become a core competency.

In the 1980s many companies deemed internally-managed enterprise software to be core. Oracle and SAP sold big licenses while companies built internal teams to develop modernized, process-centric implementations. Companies bet that distributed, flexible IT was long-term core.

In the 1990s software pulled a reversal, as internet-based software started taking down industries, first newspapers, then music and entertainment, then telecommunications.

Open network software eventually started to

Republicans Float a Trial Balloon for a Carbon Tax. Will the Grassroots Give It Lift?

Last week, a group of highly respected Republicans released a plan for a $40-per-ton carbon tax on point-of-source emissions from coal, oil and gas. Why now?

With a Republican White House and Congress, they argued, now is the perfect time to show America that conservatives have better ideas than the command-and-control Democrats who are only interested in imposing more regulations as a solution to climate change.

A steadily-rising carbon tax is the most economically efficient way of dealing with carbon pollution. But it certainly doesn’t play well in American politics. And now that Republicans have control of Congress and the

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