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February 18, 2016

World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm to Be Built in U.K.

By Fiona Harvey, The Guardian  •    •  Posted 2016-02-18 06:50:31

The U.K. wind energy industry received a boost this week with the announcement of the world’s biggest offshore wind farm, to be built off the northeast coast. Dong Energy said its multi-billion pound Hornsea project, which is expected to power as many as 1 million homes in the region when complete, will occupy more than 400 square kilometers, situated about 120km off the Yorkshire coast. [ read more … ]

Midwest states chart predictable courses on compliance work

Jeffrey Tomich, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-02-18 06:48:20

Michigan joined the list of Republican-led states in the coal-dependent Midwest that are putting the brakes on work to develop Clean Power Plan compliance strategies following last week’s surprising stay issued by the U.S. Supreme Court. Yesterday’s decision by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) comes a day after Gov. Scott Walker (R) issued an executive order prohibiting Wisconsin agencies from working on the carbon rule. The Kansas Legislature is also moving quickly on a bill that would likewise suspend efforts on the Clean Power Plan. And similar legislation has been filed in neighboring Missouri. [ read more … ]

Calif. air chief Nichols says state poised to stay on track with rule timeline

By Monica Trauzzi, E&E  •    •  Posted 2016-02-18 06:48:55

How are state air agencies proceeding with planning following last week’s Supreme Court stay of the Clean Power Plan? During today’s OnPoint, Mary Nichols, chairwoman of the California Air Resources Board, explains how her state plans to not only stay the course with its compliance planning, but also stay on the timeline prescribed by U.S. EPA in its rule. Nichols also discusses California’s plans to work with other states on compliance. [ read more … ]

Mention of global warming missing from states’ energy pact

By David R. Baker, San Francisco Chronicle  •    •  Posted 2016-02-18 06:49:34

Gov. Jerry Brown does not mention global warming in the outline of the energy accord with governors of 16 other states. California Gov. Jerry Brown may have found a way to get some of his Republican counterparts to sign on to the clean energy revolution — drop all mention of climate change. Brown and a bipartisan group of 16 other governors announced an agreement Tuesday to increase renewable power, integrate electricity grids across state lines and boost the number of cars running on alternatives fuels. [ read more … ]

U.S. will sign agreement despite CPP turmoil — Stern

By Barbara Lewis, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2016-02-18 06:49:59

No matter what happens to the Clean Power Plan after the Supreme Court last week paused its implementation, the United States will sign later this year the climate change mitigation agreement reached in Paris in December, the country’s top climate envoy said yesterday. [ read more … ]

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