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June 17, 2016

Dems skeptical of Interior-EPA bill ever reaching Senate floor

Sean Reilly, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-06-17 06:50:43

“It’s quite likely that this bill will never be considered on the floor because of the riders,” Durbin said in reference to provisions that would block key Obama administration environmental regulations, give special treatment to biomass as a carbon source and allow construction of a contested gravel road through a national wildlife refuge in Alaska. [ read more … ]

California tries to capture offshore wind energy

By Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union Tribune  •    •  Posted 2016-06-17 04:20:32

Offshore wind farms are finally coming to the United States but don’t expect to see spinning blades off the shores of California any time soon. While the industry predicts a clean-energy bonanza from the West Coast’s steady and powerful breezes that may go a long way to help the state meet its ambitious clean energy mandates, reaping the wind must first overcome a whirlwind of technological, economic and political challenges [ read more … ]

White House drives effort to boost storage, renewables

Christa Marshall, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-06-17 04:21:07

The White House yesterday issued a flurry of executive actions and private-sector commitments to boost renewable energy and more than double energy storage by decade’s end. In total, the actions stretching from the Department of Energy to Microsoft Corp.’s data centers are expected to result in at least 1.3 gigawatts of additional storage in the next five years and potentially lead to $1 billion in investments, the White House said. By comparison, approximately 226 megawatts of energy storage capacity came online last year, bringing cumulative installed capacity to 500 MW, according to GTM Research. [ read more … ]

Breakthroughs elusive to the ‘challenging problem’ of storage

Christa Marshall, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-06-17 04:21:35

At one point during a congressional hearing yesterday on potential breakthrough energy technologies like bionic leaves, Rep. Steve Knight (R-Calif.) asked how his state will meet aggressive renewable deployment. [ read more … ]

Transportation CO2 now outpaces electricity

Brad Plumer, Vox  •    •  Posted 2016-06-17 04:22:15

Transportation has surpassed electricity production as the primary source of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States, according to new data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Emissions from both sectors started dropping during the recession. Electricity has continued on a steady decline as power plants switch out coal for cheaper and cleaner natural gas, as well as renewable sources of energy. [ read more … ]

Neb. utility votes to close power plant by year’s end

Hannah Northey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-06-17 04:22:52

Fort Calhoun is among several reactor closures announced in recent weeks due to an abundance of cheap natural gas and waning demand for electricity. Exelon Corp., the country’s largest reactor operator, has threatened to shutter plants in Illinois and now New York. But Omaha Public Power also blamed EPA’s new rule for curbing carbon from existing power plants, saying the agency failed to provide any “carbon-free generation credits” from existing nuclear plants. [ read more … ]

Leaked Dem document on Trump features energy, climate comments

Jennifer Yachnin, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-06-17 04:19:41

Documents published Wednesday in connection with the reported hacking of the Democratic National Committee’s servers show that Democrats planned to target presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump over his comments on energy and environmental policies, including his skepticism of climate science. The Smoking Gun website published a 237-page opposition research document on Trump from an anonymous source identifying himself as “Guccifer 2.0,” who said the documents came from a yearlong incursion into the DNC’s servers. [ read more … ]

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