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March 17, 2016

EPA, Clean Power Plan ‘stand a chance’ with Garland

Robin Bravender, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-03-17 06:49:57

Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland isn’t a guaranteed vote for the Obama administration’s signature climate rule, but he’d be a lot more likely to uphold the rule than the late Justice Antonin Scalia. That’s the consensus from legal experts today as they probe Garland’s record for clues about how he might deal with U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan and other big environmental issues if he’s confirmed to the high court. [ read more … ]

Wind Farm May Be Built Off Long Island

By TATIANA SCHLOSSBERG, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2016-03-17 06:50:32

An area in the windy waters off Long Island has been designated as a possible site for a wind farm, the federal government announced on Wednesday. New Yorkers will not be seeing offshore turbines anytime soon, however. The Interior Department and its Bureau of Ocean Energy Management said they were moving toward auctioning a lease for the site, about 11 nautical miles off the coast of Long Beach and stretching about 26 nautical miles to the southeast. [ read more … ]

Interior designates ‘wind energy area’ off N.Y. coast

Emily Yehle, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-03-17 06:51:07

The Interior Department has designated a new “wind energy area” in the Atlantic Ocean, laying the foundation for future wind farms about 11 nautical miles off the coast of New York. The decision is part of the department’s broader effort to attract offshore renewable energy development along the East Coast. Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has issued 11 commercial wind energy leases in the Atlantic so far, from Virginia to Massachusetts. Most recently, Interior awarded two leases off the New Jersey coast for $1.9 million [ read more … ]

AWEA’s Kiernan discusses phaseout of tax credit, climate-rule stay

Monica Trauzzi, E&E  •    •  Posted 2016-03-17 06:51:59

Tom Kiernan, CEO of the American Wind Energy Association, says his industry’s growth could slow as a result of the stay and the eventual phaseout of the production tax credit. Despite these challenges, Kiernan says the industry could double its current market penetration by 2020. [ read more … ]

Missouri Lawmakers move to block climate rule planning

Emily Holden and Elizabeth Harball, E&E reporters  •    •  Posted 2016-03-17 06:52:22

Missouri lawmakers are pushing legislation to prohibit the state from planning for the Obama administration’s climate change regulation until a Supreme Court stay on implementing the rule is lifted. Two separate bills are working their way through the state Legislature: One, which advanced this week, would suspend U.S. EPA Clean Power Plan activities imposing greenhouse gas standards for power plants until litigation is resolved. The other would halt activity only while the Supreme Court stay is in place.
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Wyo. governor stresses clean coal, renewables in energy strategy

By Benjamin Storrow,┬áCasper Wyo.┬áStar-Tribune,  •    •  Posted 2016-03-17 06:52:45

Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead (R) has called for more funding for clean coal research and a new emphasis on renewables, a shift from a previous strategy focused on fossil fuels. He unveiled his updated energy strategy in Cheyenne amid a downturn in coal. Mead made his trademark call for more research into other economic uses for coal. He also called for more wind turbine manufacturing in the state. An initiative to expand foreign markets for natural gas and coal was dropped from the original 2013 version. [ read more … ]

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