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New Jersey Not on Target to Reach Greenhouse Gas Goal by 2050

Source: By Tom Johnson, NJ Spotlight • Posted: Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

The state is going to require much steeper reductions in greenhouse-gas emissions to reach a goal to lower carbon pollution to 1990 levels by 2050, according to a new report by researchers at the Rutgers Climate Institute. A decade after New Jersey enacted the Global Warming Response Act, the report found the state lacks a detailed and comprehensive strategy to achieve its goal and warned its emissions trajectory under current policies is inconsistent with the mid-century target.

Know how to build a floating turbine? A guide is being drafted

Source: Brittany Patterson, E&E News reporter • Posted: Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

Major industry players are helping develop “best practices” to assist developers in launching offshore wind projects along the U.S. coasts. The three-year effort to write a set of comprehensive standards covering everything from how to design a wind turbine to building its foundations is meant to accelerate the burgeoning offshore industry.

Coming soon, Trump’s new Clean Power Plan rule might have ‘fuzzy math’

Source: Robin Bravender and Niina Heikkinen, E&E News reporters • Posted: Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

When the Obama administration issued its landmark climate rule in 2015, officials declared that benefits to public health and the climate would be enormous — dwarfing the costs. For every dollar spent to comply with U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan, the public could potentially get more than $6 in benefits, the Obama team said. Those benefits would come in part from averting premature deaths, asthma attacks and other health problems.

Illinois Supreme Court rules against Rock Island wind energy project

Source: By MIKE MALLORY, Herald News • Posted: Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

The Illinois Supreme Court, in a unanimous 7-0 opinion, affirmed the Third District Court of Appeals August 2016 determination that Rock Island Clean Line is not a public utility, and thus, cannot use eminent domain to build a transmission line for its wind energy project across Illinois. The proposed route, which is designed to bring wind energy from the more open areas of the Midwest and direct it toward Chicago and cities farther east, would go through northern Grundy County.

Brown announces formal carbon trading with Ontario

Source: Debra Kahn, E&E News reporter • Posted: Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

California is expanding its economywide carbon-trading program by joining forces with the Canadian province of Ontario. Gov. Jerry Brown (D) lauded the partnership Friday in Quebec City alongside the premiers of Ontario and Quebec. Quebec has been holding joint auctions of carbon credits with California since 2014. California has long been planning to link in 2018 with Ontario, which began holding its own auctions earlier this year.

‘Supercharged’ states, cities vow to pick up Trump’s slack

Source: Jean Chemnick, E&E News reporter • Posted: Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

With the Trump administration keeping noticeably mum on climate change throughout this year’s U.N. week, U.S. cities, businesses and states were busy auditioning for understudy. Cities including Boston, Los Angeles and New York City outlined plans to further the objectives of the Paris climate agreement. Corporations, too, voiced their support for climate action and opposition to the Trump White House’s decision to leave the Paris accord at forums hosted by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg in New York and former Secretary of State John Kerry at Yale University.

Trump officials adopt ‘base’-first strategy on nuclear and coal

Source: By Timothy Cama, The Hill • Posted: Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

The Trump administration has found a new strategy for pushing coal and nuclear power over wind and solar. In a shift from the Obama administration, Trump officials are putting a high priority on what is known as “baseload” power in the electric grid. That change has the effect of favoring coal and nuclear power, which can be generated consistently around the clock, no matter what the weather is.

API chief Gerard on climate ‘challenge,’ being a father of 8

Source: Kellie Lunney, E&E News reporter • Posted: Monday, September 25th, 2017

“If you step back just across the last two or three decades, the United States was really operating under a broader vision of scarcity, that our resources were finite, that they were running out, so we needed to figure out a broader-term energy policy. We were focused on things like importation of natural gas, and now, today, we see a very fundamental shift that’s just occurred in the past six, seven years.”

For Wind Energy Advocates, Jose Highlights Region’s Potential

Source: By John Bender, Rhode Island Public Radio • Posted: Monday, September 25th, 2017

New Englanders largely missed the brunt of Tropical Storm Jose. It’s moved miles off the coast of Massachusetts and is expected to weaken in those waters. Wind energy advocates say Jose’s path to New England illustrates the ideal location for wind turbines. Within 20 miles of Cape Cod, there is a 1,000 square-mile area where winds from a northern jet stream converge with the Gulf Stream. Wind energy advocate Paul Vigeant of the New Bedford Wind Energy Center says that results in a powerful wind field, which blows consistently all year long.

SolarCity to Pay $29.5 Million to Resolve U.S. Government Allegations

Source: By Susan Heavey, Sarah N. Lynch and Joe White, Reuters • Posted: Monday, September 25th, 2017

SolarCity will pay $29.5 million to settle a long-running investigation into allegations it violated federal law by submitting inflated claims to the government through a popular stimulus program set up during the Obama administration, the U.S. Justice Department said Friday. The department said there was no determination of liability as part of the settlement with SolarCity, now owned by Tesla Inc, and that the company would also drop related litigation against the government.