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April 4, 2016

Senate returns to Supreme Court drama, unfinished energy bill

George Cahlink, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-04-04 06:35:18

If Congress hopes to pass an energy bill this year, its best hope may be in a post-election lame-duck session, but both chambers would need to pass their own versions first. The House passed its own narrower version late last year. [ read more … ]

More than a decade after the birth of the modern renewable energy industry, solar and wind await their John D. Rockefeller

By Joe Ryan, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2016-04-04 04:37:26

Clean power remains a tumultuous and fragmented business, crowded with companies grabbing for slices of an emerging market that aspires to reshape how the world meets its energy needs. They rise and fall as technology advances and demand seesaws. Some have grown into sprawling regional players, often propped up by government subsidies. A few, like Suntech Power Holdings Co. and Q-Cells SE, soared to prominence, then all but flickered out. Yet there are still no companies that dominate the industry. [ read more … ]

Obama and President Xi of China Vow to Sign Paris Climate Accord Promptly

By CORAL DAVENPORT, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2016-04-04 04:38:05

President Obama and President Xi Jinping of China said Thursday that they would sign the Paris Agreement on climate change on April 22, the first day the United Nations accord will be open for government signatures. Officials cast the announcement as a statement of joint resolve by the world’s two largest greenhouse gas polluters, even though there are doubts about whether the United States can meet its obligations under the agreement. [ read more … ]

China Builds an Empire of Electricity With Australia as Target – Bloomberg

By James Paton, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2016-04-04 04:38:38

It generates more revenue than Apple Inc. and Boeing Co. combined and serves one in seven people on the planet. Meet State Grid Corp. of China, a company that may be buying power assets near you. While State Grid is hardly a household name, its geographic footprint extends from South America to Australia, where it’s a contender to acquire a stake in Sydney-based power network Ausgrid. Hungry to grow outside China, the company plans to develop a $50 trillion global energy network that could enable electricity to be transmitted beyond continental boundaries. [ read more … ]

Wyo. governor blasts climate regulations after mass layoffs

Elizabeth Harball, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-04-04 04:39:03

Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead (R) lashed out at climate regulations following an announcement Thursday that two major Powder River Basin coal companies are laying off hundreds of workers. “If they were truly concerned about global warming, if they are truly concerned about issues like regional haze, this is not the way to go about addressing those problems,” Mead said during a press conference yesterday evening, referring to federal regulators. [ read more … ]

Mass. probing Exxon over climate change

Benjamin Hulac, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-04-04 04:39:42

“Fossil fuel companies that deceived investors and consumers about the dangers of climate change should be held accountable,” Healey said yesterday morning in Manhattan at a meeting of state attorneys general about climate change. “We can all see today the troubling disconnect between what Exxon knew and what the company shared with the public regarding the consequences of burning the fuel it markets,” she said. “That’s why we have joined in investigating Exxon Mobil.” [ read more … ]

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