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January 27, 2016

States Seek Court Delay in Enforcement of Clean Power Plan

By Michael Biesecker, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2016-01-27 06:56:51

A coalition of 25 states opposing President Obama’s plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions asked the Supreme Court on Tuesday to stop the new regulations from taking effect until after their legal challenge is resolved. West Virginia and Texas led the group of mostly Republican states that asked Chief Justice John Roberts to immediately bar the Environmental Protection Agency from enforcing the Clean Power Plan. Roberts can consider the application on his own or refer it to the full court. The move came after an appeals court in Washington last week denied a similar request, handing a significant procedural victory to the Obama administration. [ read more … ]

States ask Supreme Court to halt climate rule

Robin Bravender, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-01-27 06:57:11

The states and agencies that signed on to the petition with West Virginia are Texas, Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, Wisconsin, Wyoming, the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, the Mississippi Public Service Commission, the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality and the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality. [ read more … ]

Senate to dive into bipartisan package

Geof Koss, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-01-27 06:55:49

After a blizzard-induced delay, the Senate will today open debate on long-awaited broad and bipartisan energy reform legislation backed by Energy and Natural Resources Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska). “I don’t know about you all, but I spent a good portion of my weekend shoveling,” Murkowski said on the Senate floor yesterday. “I feel stronger today, but I’m ready to be back at work where it’s a little less rigorous.” [ read more … ]

Study finds switch to clean energy in U.S. can be fast and cheap

Umair Irfan, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-01-27 06:58:20

Wind and sunshine could power most of the United States by 2030 without raising electricity prices, according to a new study from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the University of Colorado, Boulder. Even when optimizing to cut costs and limiting themselves to existing technology, scientists showed that renewables can meet energy demands and slash carbon dioxide emissions from the electricity sector by 80 percent below 1990 levels. [ read more … ]

The U.S. Could Switch to Mostly Renewable Energy, No Batteries Needed

By Sarah Zielinski, The Smithsonian  •    •  Posted 2016-01-27 06:56:16

The United States could lower carbon emissions from electricity generation by as much as 78 percent without having to develop any new technologies or use costly batteries, a new study suggests. There’s a catch, though. The country would have to build a new national transmission network so that states could share energy. “Our idea was if we had a national ‘interstate highway for electrons’ we could move the power around as it was needed, and we could put the wind and solar plants in the very best places,” says study co-author Alexander MacDonald, who recently retired as director of NOAA’s Earth System Research Laboratory in Boulder, Colorado.
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Lawmaker lobbies to expand tax credit for batteries

Manuel Quiñones, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-01-27 06:57:49

A senior House lawmaker is lobbying the Obama administration to authorize more tax incentives for energy storage technologies. Rep. Mike Honda (D-Calif.), a member of the Congressional Battery Storage Caucus, is circulating a draft letter to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew and Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen to press the caucus’s case.
Treasury and the IRS are updating current guidance on the scope of the so-called investment tax credit, which helps companies buy alternative energy sources. [ read more … ]

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