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May 24, 2016

California floaters worth $40bn

By Renewable Energy News  •    •  Posted 2016-05-24 06:30:40

US federal researchers estimate construction of floating offshore wind farms off California would inject up to $40bn into the state economy. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory analysed the employment and economic impacts of two hypothetical scenarios: 16GW by 2050 and 10GW by 2050.
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Poland adopts limits on where wind farms can be built

By Agnieszka Barteczko, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2016-05-24 06:31:55

Poland has adopted a new law banning construction of wind farms close to dwellings and hiking project costs in a move which the industry says could hobble Poland’s move to renewables and away from coal. Wind farms must be built at a distance from housing of at least 10 times the height of the turbine, or about 1.5 to 2 km, under the law which was adopted by the lower house of parliament on Friday. [ read more … ]

Attorneys general demand EPA cease all work related to rule

Amanda Reilly, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-05-24 06:31:07

A pair of Republican state attorneys general are calling on U.S. EPA to halt all work related to the Clean Power Plan while the rule remains frozen by the Supreme Court. In February, the high court halted EPA’s program for reducing carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants pending the resolution of complex litigation.

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey (R) and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) penned a letter to EPA, accusing the agency of not according the court’s decision “proper respect.” [ read more … ]

Warming has created a hot new job in America’s coastal cities

Erika Bolstad, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-05-24 06:32:24

On the job just six months as the chief resilience officer in Florida’s largest county, Jim Murley has gotten pretty good at his climate change 101 speech. It’s out of necessity. As the Earth’s temperature rises, the oceans warm, he told a crowd at a Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce event this spring. When water gets warmer, it expands, and the seas rise. And if glacial melt accelerates as predicted in Greenland and Antarctica, Florida is in even more trouble, he warned. “We’re on a peninsula surrounded by water,” Murley said. “That defines the very issue that we have to deal with as we think about sea-level rise and climate change.”
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Brazil is upended. What about its climate goals?

Jean Chemnick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-05-24 06:32:43

With the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff, Brazil is undergoing a seismic political shift that promises to transform everything from public spending to workers’ rights in South America’s largest country. But the extent to which it will affect the nation’s climate diplomacy and domestic environmental agenda remains to be seen. Experts offer widely different views on everything from the quality of the Rousseff government’s environmental legacy to the likelihood of the new conservative government maintaining deforestation protections and international emissions commitments. [ read more … ]

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