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July 20, 2016

White House doubles down on solar, revs up PACE programs

Christa Marshall, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-07-20 06:50:15

The White House is renewing its efforts to deploy solar power, bring more people into solar jobs and finance clean energy projects with a funding mechanism that has proved controversial in the past. As part of the Clean Energy Savings for All Initiative, which does not require new congressional appropriations, the departments of Energy, Agriculture, Housing and Urban Development, and Veterans Affairs and U.S. EPA are backing new initiatives to reach a goal of bringing 1 gigawatt of solar to low- and moderate-income families by decade’s end. [ read more … ]

Feds say automakers can hit 2025 fuel economy standards

Umair Irfan, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-07-20 06:50:35

U.S. automakers can still hit aggressive fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions targets, contrary to some concerns from the industry, state and federal agencies said yesterday. A draft report by U.S. EPA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the California Air Resources Board shows that manufacturers are on track to reach an average fuel economy ranging between 50 and 52.6 mpg across their fleets by 2025. [ read more … ]

Fighting Obama’s Climate Plan, but Quietly Preparing to Comply

By CORAL DAVENPORT, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2016-07-20 06:51:05

Matt Mead, the governor of Wyoming, the nation’s leading coal-producing state, fiercely opposes President Obama’s climate change regulations, which could shutter hundreds of coal plants and deeply wound his state, one of 27 that are suing to block the plan. Nevertheless, Mr. Mead, a Republican, has ordered his top environmental officials to prepare to comply with the president’s effort, known as the Clean Power Plan — to prepare for a future in which Mr. Obama’s climate change rules prevail and the country’s coal market is nearly frozen. Wyoming is one of at least 20 states that are moving forward with efforts to comply with the rules or to analyze alternative plans. Several of these states are also suing to stop the rules, according to experts who track state climate change policy. [ read more … ]

How Renewable Energy Is Blowing Climate Change Efforts Off Course

Eduardo Porter, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2016-07-20 06:51:30

“The issue is, how do we decarbonize the electricity sector, while keeping the lights on, keeping costs low and avoiding unintended consequences that could make emissions increase?” said Jan Mazurek, who runs the clean power campaign at the environmental advocacy group ClimateWorks. Addressing those challenges will require a more subtle approach than just attaching more renewables to the grid. [ read more … ]

Platform would hand regs to states, turn EPA into commission

Geof Koss, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-07-20 06:51:52

The 2016 Republican platform that party leaders adopted here yesterday envisions a reorganization of U.S. EPA into an independent commission, with primary regulatory authority over the environment handed to state governments. The 66-page document, formally approved on the first day of the Republican National Convention, echoes many familiar GOP themes on energy from recent years, including opening more public lands to production, easing federal regulations and reforming key environmental statutes. [ read more … ]

Bipartisanship may mean never having to say ‘climate change’

Jennifer Yachnin, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-07-20 06:52:10

Those who want to generate support from conservative voters for climate change policies might want to start by omitting the words “climate change” from their pitch. That’s the idea being embraced by some conservative activists as they look to grow the number of Republicans who will back policies to address rising emissions, reduce pollution or grow clean energy. “Get away from this phrase ‘climate change.’ It alienates,” Cella Energy Chairman Jay Lifton said yesterday at a forum on the sidelines of the Republican National Convention organized by the Environmental Defense Fund’s Defend Our Future campaign and Bloomberg Government. “You’re trying to separate people when you use that phrase.” [ read more … ]

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