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November 2, 2016

‘Trend line is pretty clear’ on carbon curbs — White House official

Hannah Hess, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-11-02 06:34:49

With investor scrutiny mounting on climate risks, a White House official suggested yesterday that companies that plan for reduced carbon emissions are “going to come out ahead.” Ali Zaidi, the Office of Management and Budget’s associate director for natural resources, energy and science, was asked during an Atlantic Council event about companies that use a shadow price of carbon in corporate decision making. [ read more … ]

Exclusive: Oil CEOs to Unveil Renewable Energy Fund in New Climate Push

By Ron Bousso, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2016-11-02 06:35:20

Top oil companies including Saudi Armco and Shell will join forces to set up an investment fund to develop technologies to cut carbon emissions and promote renewable energy, sources said on Wednesday. The chief executives of seven oil and gas companies — BP, Eni, Repsol, Saudi Aramco, Shell, Statoil and Total — will announce details of the fund and other steps to reduce greenhouse gases in London on Friday. [ read more … ]

Peak Renewable Energy Investment Seen Holding Back Climate Fight

By Iain Wilson, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2016-11-02 06:35:43

Renewable energy investment probably has reached a peak of $349 billion that won’t be surpassed for at least five years, signaling a lull in the global fight against climate change. That’s the outlook from Michael Liebreich, founder of Bloomberg New Energy Finance, who predicted funding for wind, solar and other clean-energy projects will probably fall at least 15 percent this year. At a conference in Shanghai on Tuesday, he outlined how the industry’s capacity to generate power will keep growing even with lower investment. [ read more … ]

Colorado one of 11 states that generated at least 10 percent of its electricity from wind in 2015

By Jesse Paul, Denver Post  •    •  Posted 2016-11-02 06:36:10

Colorado is one of 11 states that generated at least 10 percent of its total electricity from wind last year, according to an analysis by the Energy Information Administration.
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Appeals court upholds dismissal of BLM-approved project

Scott Streater, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-11-02 06:36:49

A federal appeals court has dismissed a Virginia energy company’s request to overturn a federal judge’s ruling last year that threw out the Obama administration’s approval of what was projected to be Nevada’s largest wind power project. [ read more … ]

Is Nev. poised to change course on net metering?

  •    •  Posted 2016-11-02 04:35:07

Nevada became the poster child for the national net-metering debate last year when state regulators voted to slash the credits paid to rooftop solar owners who send power back to the grid. New installations ground to a halt, as prominent installers like SolarCity Corp. and Sunrun Inc. shut down operations in the Silver State. But signs of change are afoot. [ read more … ]

Voters taking green issues into their own hands

Jennifer Yachnin and Cecelia Smith-Schoenwalder, E&E reporters  •    •  Posted 2016-11-02 06:32:33

The brutal campaign for the White House has dominated the election cycle — and worried House and Senate lawmakers dependent on the top of the ticket to sway their own races — but there’s a whole other set of pitched battles going on down-ballot, covering everything from energy regulation to legalized drugs. n Florida, the clash is over the future of solar-generated electricity, while in Nevada, it’s about deregulation of the electric grid. Among the many decisions before California voters is whether to legalize recreational marijuana, while in Colorado, voters could make future fights over oil and gas development less likely to go before voters. [ read more … ]

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