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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

February 16, 2016

New era begins for environmental law, Obama’s climate rule

Robin Bravender and Jeremy P. Jacobs, E&E reporters  •    •  Posted 2016-02-16 04:41:14

Just last week, the court issued a 5-4 order halting the rule while the legal battle plays out, with Scalia on the side of the majority voting to freeze the regulation. The high court’s rebuke of the Clean Power Plan was widely viewed as a sign that the nine justices could ultimately decide to torpedo the rule after digging into the merits of the lawsuits. But with the pending arrival of a new justice — and the possibility that the court could soon shift to the left — the fate of the Clean Power Plan is far from certain. [ read more … ]

Forecast for enviro cases: murky with a chance of deadlocks

Robin Bravender, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-02-16 04:44:21

With the Supreme Court having eight sitting justices divided evenly among ideological lines in the wake of Justice Antonin Scalia’s death, it won’t be easy to secure majority opinions. If the court splits 4-4, it upholds a lower court decision without setting a precedent. [ read more … ]

Democrats urge agency to prop up renewables

Hannah Hess, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-02-16 04:45:04

Three Democrats with key roles in energy policymaking yesterday called on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to prop up the only existing federal law that encourages the use of renewable energy in electricity production. On June 29, FERC will hold a conference on implementation issues under the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act, or PURPA, of 1978. The law created a market for power from non-utility power producers, including natural-gas-fired “cogeneration” plants and other renewable energy sources. [ read more … ]

Booming Wind Business Ignores Oil Slump as Market Values Double

By Jessica Shankleman, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2016-02-16 04:45:26

“There isn’t any link between renewables and lower oil prices in the short-term,” says Richard Chatterton, an analyst for Bloomberg New Energy Finance. “It’s a common misconception from some observers that oil still plays a direct role in power generation in the majority of countries whereas that’s no longer the case.” [ read more … ]

Wash. to keep climate course but still debating route

Debra Kahn, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-02-16 04:45:50

Gov. Jay Inslee (D) said Wednesday that he would keep working on compliance with EPA’s Clean Power Plan, as well as his own state-level rule to limit emissions from all large industrial sources. “Here in Washington state we are unfortunately already seeing the harmful impacts of climate change, and we will continue to take steps that reduce carbon and to lead the nation in clean energy,” he said in a statement. “The EPA’s Clean Power Plan remains a crucial tool to ensure that every state must do its part, and to empower them to do so.” [ read more … ]

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