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March 4, 2016

Chief Justice Rejects Effort to Block E.P.A. Limit on Power Plants

By ADAM LIPTAK and CORAL DAVENPORT, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2016-03-04 06:17:59

“This is a pretty strong way of sending a signal that the fact that the court granted a stay of the Clean Power Plan was highly extraordinary, and they don’t want to be inundated with these,” said Jeffrey Holmstead, a lawyer with the firm Bracewell and a deputy administrator of the E.P.A. in the George W. Bush administration. “I think this is Justice Roberts’s effort to say that the Clean Power Plan is an extraordinary situation.” [ read more … ]

Roberts’ refusal to halt rule means no ‘open season’ on EPA

Robin Bravender, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-03-04 06:18:37

Chief Justice John Roberts signaled today that the Supreme Court won’t intervene to block every major environmental rule that comes before it. Roberts took swift action to rebuff a request from 20 states to put a major U.S. EPA mercury rule on hold. The states’ request, led by Michigan, was widely seen as an attempt to test the court’s willingness to freeze controversial EPA regulations after the justices recently agreed to halt the agency’s Clean Power Plan. [ read more … ]

Solar energy is poised for an unforgettable year

By Chris Mooney, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2016-03-04 06:19:14

New statistics just released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration suggest that in the coming year, the booming solar sector will add more new electricity-generating capacity than any other — including natural gas and wind. [ read more … ]

Texas: Wind energy boom spurs $77.4M expansion

By KEVIN WELCH, Amarillo Globe News  •    •  Posted 2016-03-04 06:20:59

The towering white turbines are hard to miss in many areas as wind farms continue to sprout, but the production of wind energy in the region is already about to overwhelm some of the lines that take it to the more populated areas of Texas. Those lines cost more than $1 billion when completed about three years ago. Sharyland Utilities, one of the utility companies that completed transmission lines from the Texas Panhandle to the grid serving the rest of the state, is asking to double its capacity on 166 miles of its route. [ read more … ]

Ore. passes bill to boost renewables, exit from coal

Debra Kahn, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-03-04 06:19:52

Oregon lawmakers Wednesday approved a bill to raise the state’s share of renewable energy to 50 percent and quit its reliance on coal-fired power. S.B. 1547, sponsored by state Sen. Lee Beyer (D), passed the state Senate 17-12 on a party line vote. It now heads to Gov. Kate Brown (D), who is expected to sign it. It passed the state House 38-20 on Tuesday. Originally put forth by the state’s two largest utilities and a cadre of environmental groups, the bill would instruct the utilities — Pacific Power and Portland General Electric — to exit their out-of-state coal contracts by 2030. It would also raise the state’s renewable portfolio standard to 50 percent by 2040 from the current target of 25 percent by 2025. [ read more … ]

As Utah coal slumps, solar energy booms

By John Hollenhorst, Deseret News  •    •  Posted 2016-03-04 06:20:28

The sun is becoming big business in Utah. Whether it’s in the sun-drenched deserts of Dixie or the sometimes smoggy valleys of northern Utah, more and more homeowners are taking the plunge and betting that solar energy will pay off for them in the future. The boom has pushed employment in Utah’s solar industry to a point well beyond the job numbers in a more traditional energy sector, Utah’s coal industry.
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