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November 4, 2016

Appeals court blocks New England push for renewables

Rod Kuckro, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-11-04 06:43:38

“This kind of litigation puts states in quite a bind. What are we supposed to do? We’re trying to get cleaner, we’re trying to hold competitive processes, and then we’re getting bogged down with these PURPA claims. It certainly needs to be sorted out,” Joe Rosenthal, principal attorney in the Connecticut Office of Consumer Counsel, said. [ read more … ]

World on dangerous emissions path as Paris accord goes live

Umair Irfan, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-11-04 06:45:43

The U.N. Environment Programme dumped a bucket of cold water this morning on nations riding high from the Paris climate change accords’ taking effect this week. In a new report, UNEP found that even if every country that made an emissions-cutting pledge in the Paris Agreement keeps its promise, the world will still fall 12 to 14 gigatons short each year of keeping temperature rise below 2 degrees Celsius over preindustrial levels. [ read more … ]

White House announces highway charging network

Ariel Wittenberg, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-11-04 06:46:36

In an effort to encourage electric vehicle ownership, the White House yesterday announced a network of 48 charging corridors on the nation’s highways. The network will cover 25,000 miles, including 55 interstate highways spanning 35 states. Ultimately, drivers will encounter a charging station within every 50 miles, said the White House. As required by the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act passed last year, the corridors will include infrastructure for electric vehicle charging, and hydrogen, propane and natural gas fueling. [ read more … ]

Groups move to get Fla. solar amendment off Nov. ballot

Kristi E. Swartz, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-11-04 06:47:32

Opponents of a controversial Florida ballot initiative for rooftop solar want the state Supreme Court to review the measure again, arguing that its backers intentionally misled justices in order to get it before voters on Nov. 7. The state’s solar trade group and Floridians for Solar Choice, an umbrella group of mostly clean energy advocates, filed a petition yesterday that also asks for the amendment to be removed from the ballot and for any votes cast in favor of it not be counted. [ read more … ]

Big Question on Climate Crisis: How to Inspire Innovation

By JUSTIN GILLIS, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2016-11-04 06:44:29

“We’ve got a problem,” Dr. Moniz explained. “We recognize it. We solve it.” Around the world, energy innovation seems to be speeding up. Large historical forces are converging to create unprecedented turmoil and opportunity in what had long been one of the most hidebound industries. The changes are coming just as governments have finally resolved, after two decades of failed efforts, to tackle the global climate crisis. The emissions that cause global warming have already fallen in some of the biggest countries, including the United States. [ read more … ]

‘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 … ]

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