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August 2, 2016

Hillary Clinton’s climate and energy policies, explained

By David Roberts, VOX  •    •  Posted 2016-08-02 07:01:39

“Generate enough renewable energy to power every home in America, with half a billion solar panels installed by the end of Hillary’s first term.” (That would mean installed solar PV capacity of 140 gigawatts by the end of 2020, up 700 percent from current levels and well beyond most forecasts.) Much of the green-infrastructure plan is part of Clinton’s larger infrastructure plan, with its proposed National Infrastructure Bank. It includes a “pipeline partnership” that would help cities and states more easily locate and repair leaky natural gas pipelines, various financing tools for grid investments to ease the spread of distributed energy, and investments in clean energy R&D. [ read more … ]

Climate Change Divide Bursts to Forefront in Presidential Campaign

By CORAL DAVENPORT, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2016-08-02 07:02:04

Mrs. Clinton’s opponent in the November election, Donald J. Trump, has gone further than any other Republican presidential nominee in opposing climate change policy. He often mocks the established science of human-caused climate change and dismisses it as a hoax. The Republican platform calls climate change policy “the triumph of extremism over common sense.” [ read more … ]

Climate is a top campaign issue. Just don’t say ‘Clean Power Plan’

Emily Holden, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-08-02 07:02:47

“The Clean Power Plan is a level of detail that the public still doesn’t necessarily know so much about,” said David Goldston, head of governmental affairs for the Natural Resources Defense Council Action Fund. “You tend to emphasize, especially at this point, clean energy, cleaning up power plants, meeting the Paris accords.” He said Democrats in the short term are more likely to focus on GOP nominee Donald Trump’s stance that climate change is a “hoax” and to play up the economic benefits of renewable power. [ read more … ]

N.Y. OKs ambitious climate plan to boost renewables, nuclear

Hannah Northey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-08-02 07:04:08

New York regulators today signed off on Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan for tackling climate change by rapidly expanding the state’s renewable footprint and throwing a lifeline to ailing nuclear reactors. The New York Public Service Commission approved key parts of Cuomo’s landmark clean energy standard, which requires the state’s electric sector to generate half its power from renewables by 2030. [ read more … ]

Exelon, Entergy Nuclear Reactors Win Subsidies From New York

By Jim Polson, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2016-08-02 07:04:41

The New York plan is part of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s goal of getting half the state’s power from renewable sources by 2030. It establishes renewable energy credits to subsidize solar, wind, hydro, biomass and tidal power, as well as fuel cells. The decision stands in stark contrast to the strategy of other states looking to use cleaner energy. A bill that Massachusetts passed just hours earlier threatens to put New England’s last two reactors out of business by replacing them with renewable resources.
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Iowa Bets Big on Wind Power

By Emily J. Gertz, TakePart  •    •  Posted 2016-08-02 07:03:11

Two Iowa utilities are investing a combined $4.6 billion to build 2,500 megawatts of new wind energy in the state over the next four years. On Wednesday, Alliant Energy announced a $1 billion, 500-megawatt expansion of its 200-megawatt Whispering Willow Wind Farm in north-central Iowa, while MidAmerican Energy announced that it had settled a rate agreement that would allow its Wind XI project, a $3.6 billion, 2,000-megawatt wind farm, to proceed. [ read more … ]

Berkshire sees tax credits, Clean Power Plan as a better path than carbon tax

By  Michael Lustig, SNL  •    •  Posted 2016-08-02 07:03:34

A carbon tax may be the best way to reduce carbon emissions, according to most economists and theoreticians, but the idea is not as popular among regulators and utilities. Cathy Woollums, the chief environmental counsel at Berkshire Hathaway Energy, said the company, whose utility subsidiaries include Iowa-based MidAmerican Energy Co., Nevada-based NV Energy Inc. and PacifiCorp, does not favor a carbon tax, but instead prefers more “creative” solutions.
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