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March 24, 2016

Court allows lawmakers to weigh in on legal brawl

Robin Bravender, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-03-24 06:33:09

The judges weighing the fate of the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan will consider the views of members of Congress looking to thwart the regulation. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit today issued a short order granting a request from more than 200 lawmakers who have asked to file a “friend of the court” brief in pending litigation over the rule to curb greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. [ read more … ]

Renewables, natural gas dominate new capacity — DOE

Christa Marshall, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-03-24 06:34:05

Wind, natural gas and solar power constituted almost all new U.S. electricity generation last year as distributed rooftop solar set a record, the Department of Energy said in new data released today. While many of the nation’s general electricity trends are known, the data provide a more detailed state breakdown and overview of factors driving renewable and natural gas growth. In total, DOE reported that wind made up 41 percent of new U.S. capacity in 2015, followed by natural gas at 30 percent and solar at 26 percent [ read more … ]

Study shows Iowa could see electric bills fall under carbon rule

Jeffrey Tomich, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-03-24 06:33:44

owa residential electricity bills could decline as much as 13 percent over the next decade and a half because of energy efficiency and continued exports of wind energy to meet Clean Power Plan obligations, according to an analysis by M.J. Bradley & Associates. Christopher Van Atten, a senior vice president of the Boston-based firm, presented preliminary results of the firm’s Clean Power Plan modeling during a meeting hosted yesterday by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. [ read more … ]

Apple hits clean-tech home stretch with iPhone-stripping robot

Christa Marshall, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-03-24 06:34:34

Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of environment, policy and social initiatives, yesterday said during a webcast event in Cupertino, Calif., that 93 percent of the company’s global facilities — including data centers and stores — now run on renewable energy. While short of the company’s 100 percent renewable energy goal from two years ago, Apple said it has reached that threshold in 23 countries, including the United States.
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EVs earn ‘failing report card’ due to short range — study

Ariel Wittenberg, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-03-24 06:35:35

With few long-range electric vehicles on the road, the auto industry received mostly failing grades in a new report card tracking the industry’s electrification progress. The report, from Lux Research Inc., analyzes how compelling electric vehicles are to consumers and predicts when plug-ins might be poised to take over the auto market. [ read more … ]

Midwest leads reshaping of American energy

Tom Kiernan & Beth Soholt, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted 2016-03-24 06:36:01

Just a little less than a year ago, the Department of Energy set an ambitious, and some said unachievable, target: By 2030, wind could supply 20 percent of U.S. electricity. Today, because of American ingenuity and production-based policies, we’re on track to reach or exceed that goal. [ read more … ]

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