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August 15, 2017

FERC’s Chatterjee vows to support coal, nuclear

Sam Mintz, E&E News repo  •    •  Posted 2017-08-15 06:28:38

In his first substantive public remarks since being named chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission last week, Neil Chatterjee talked up the importance of coal and “baseload power.” In the comments, part of an official FERC podcast called “Open Access,” Chatterjee said his first priority will be to get started on an accumulated backlog of orders.
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Sierra Club Sues U.S. Energy Department Over Power Grid Study

By Timothy Gardner, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2017-08-15 06:30:09

Environmental group the Sierra Club sued the U.S. Energy Department on Monday in hopes of forcing it to reveal the groups it has consulted in conducting an eagerly awaited study on the electricity grid. It was the latest push-back on the department’s study from backers of renewable energy such as wind and solar power who fear it could be used by the Trump administration to form policies that could slow growth in the industry. [ read more … ]

Sierra Club sues agency over grid study ‘secrecy’

Hannah Northey, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-08-15 06:30:35

The Sierra Club today sued the Energy Department in hopes of discovering which outside groups and experts the agency met with as it drafted a highly anticipated study of grid reliability. The group filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California Oakland Division today, arguing that DOE violated the Freedom of Information Act. [ read more … ]

Manchin Emerges as Possible Pick for Energy Department

By Kevin Cirilli. Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2017-08-15 06:31:06

Some White House and Republican officials are exploring the idea of putting West Virginia Democratic Senator Joe Manchin in charge of the Energy Department, according to four people familiar with the discussions, a move that could boost President Donald Trump’s stalled legislative agenda. If Manchin were offered and accepted the position, that would allow West Virginia’s Governor Jim Justice — a newly minted Republican — to appoint a GOP successor and bring the party a vote closer in the Senate to being able to repeal Obamacare. The idea is in the early stages of consideration, and it’s unclear whether it has support within the administration, according to the people, who described the conversations under condition of anonymity. [ read more … ]

White House mum on rumor, ‘loose talk’ about Manchin

Hannah Northey and Dylan Brown, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2017-08-15 06:31:38

The White House isn’t commenting on rumors that West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin is a potential pick to lead the Energy Department, but that hasn’t stopped the mill from churning.
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Scott Pruitt Is Carrying Out His E.P.A. Agenda in Secret, Critics Say

By CORAL DAVENPORT and ERIC LIPTON, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2017-08-15 06:33:43

When career employees of the Environmental Protection Agencyare summoned to a meeting with the agency’s administrator, Scott Pruitt, at agency headquarters, they no longer can count on easy access to the floor where his office is, according to interviews with employees of the federal agency. Doors to the floor are now frequently locked, and employees have to have an escort to gain entrance.
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China is about to have the world’s biggest carbon market

Debra Kahn, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-08-15 06:32:12

As the United States reverses its climate policies, the world’s top greenhouse gas emitter is in the midst of setting up a national carbon-trading system. Chinese officials are preparing to launch an emissions market later this year that will cover roughly a quarter of the country’s industrial CO2. Officials and nonprofit groups from the European Union, Australia and California have been advising the Chinese on their program design. [ read more … ]

U.S. Cities Fall Short in New Sustainability Analysis

By By Katelyn Newman, US News  •    •  Posted 2017-08-15 06:32:30

America’s cities are far from reaching the U.N.’s top marks in providing a sustainable community system for all residents, according to a new index analysis. The Sustainable Development Solutions Network published its first Sustainable Development Goals report on 100 American metropolitan areas Thursday. With 62.7 percent of America’s domestic population living in its cities, the analysis looked into 49 indicators from 16 of 17 of the goals the U.N. determined would lead to a thriving society [ read more … ]

Fifty Entities Urge N.C. Governor To Take Action On Offshore Wind

By Betsy Lillian, North American Wind Power  •    •  Posted 2017-08-15 06:32:48

On Wednesday, 50 elected officials, small businesses, community groups and environmental organizations sent a letter to Gov. Roy Cooper, D-N.C., to urge him to embrace offshore wind as a key part of North Carolina’s energy plan. [ read more … ]

How Elon Musk and Cheap Oil Doomed Push for Natural Gas Cars

By Patrick Martin, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2017-08-15 06:33:19

The number of plug-in autos in the U.S. almost tripled between 2008 and 2015, government data show. Tesla, the company founded by billionaire Elon Musk, has introduced three models since 2012, and other manufacturers are jumping into the market. Volvo AB has said all its new cars from 2019 will be hybrid or all-electric, and BMW AG is developing a self-driving electric to replace the 7-Series as the company’s flagship in 2021. Natural gas vehicles have seen their share of the auto market shrink. Chesapeake Energy Corp., one of biggest U.S. gas producers, eliminated the team working on natural-gas vehicles in 2013. Honda Motor Co. discontinued a natural-gas-fueled model of its popular Civic sedan in 2015. [ read more … ]

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