Former Sen. Tim Wirth outlines ambitious 2nd Obama term on climate change

Source: Lisa Friedman • E&E • Posted: Friday, December 23rd, 2011

President Obama has a “last window of opportunity” to get it right on climate change, U.N. Foundation President Tim Wirth warned this week.

Despite low sales, supporters say year was a success

Source: Jason Plautz • E&E • Posted: Friday, December 23rd, 2011

As with most issues, the story of 2011 electric vehicle sales depends largely on perspective.

Climate advocates signal EPA mercury rule is a step toward carbon reductions

Source: Joel Kirkland • E&E • Posted: Friday, December 23rd, 2011

The U.S. EPA final rule yesterday to cut toxic air pollutants will force the retirement of some of the nation’s dirtiest electricity generators, including coal-fired power plants that produce tons of greenhouse gas emissions.

Texas transmission project could set Southeastern wind sales in motion

Source: Nathanial Gronewold • E&E • Posted: Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

Texas should be selling large quantities of wind energy to other states by 2016 now that its major transmission project has just cleared a key regulatory process, according to a top renewable power developer.

E.P.A. Issues Limits on Mercury Emissions

Source: JOHN M. BRODER • New York Times • Posted: Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

The Environmental Protection Agency unveiled new standards on Wednesday sharply limiting emissions of mercury and other toxic pollutants from the nation’s coal- and oil-burningpower plants.
The new rule, unless blocked by Congress or the courts, will be the first time the federal government has enforced limits on mercury, arsenic, acid gases and other poisonous and carcinogenic chemicals emitted by the burning of fossil fuels.

Wind Energy Tax Credit Advocates Urge Congress To Extend Measure

Source: Jordan Howard • Huffington Post • Posted: Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

“No industry can take such a big shift in cost structure,” Nathanael Greene, director of renewable energy policy for the Natural Resources Defense Council, told HuffPost. “And this is an industry that supports almost 100,000 jobs.”

Interior seeks public comments on Atlantic transmission project

Source: Katie Howel • E&E • Posted: Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said the department is requesting public comment on the proposed 820-mile transmission backbone. The agency is also investigating whether other developers are interested in competing for the project with Atlantic Grid Holdings LLC, which has requested right of way for the high-voltage transmission line.

Interior Dept. approves solar, wind farms in West; pushes offshore wind in Atlantic Ocean

Associated Press • Posted: Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

The Obama administration moved Tuesday to boost renewable energy on both coasts, approving onshore solar and wind farms in the West and pushing for offshore wind power in the Atlantic Ocean. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said his department has approved a 300-megawatt solar farm on public land in Arizona and a 200-megawatt wind farm in Southern California.

Endgame impossible to predict as House GOP delays pipeline-payroll tax vote until today.

Source: Elana Schor • E&E • Posted: Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

After delaying a vote that has exposed internal GOP schisms, House Republicans are poised today to turn back a bipartisan Senate proposal to force a quick White House ruling on the Keystone XL oil pipeline while extending a payroll tax cut.

Buffett’s MidAmerican expands solar investments

E&E • Posted: Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

Billionaire Warren Buffett’s MidAmerican Energy Holdings Co. said Friday it will invest in a second solar firm.