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September 6, 2017

Candy maker Mars looks to curb greenhouse gas emissions across supply chain

By Chris Prentice, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2017-09-06 06:41:09

Candy manufacturer Mars Inc is aiming to cut greenhouse gas emissions and address other sustainability issues across its supply chain in a bid to help meet goals from the Paris climate agreement. Mars is one of a number of U.S. firms, including Walmart Stores Inc and Apple Inc, that have committed to curbing climate change even as sentiment on the issue shifts in Washington. U.S. corporations including Home Depot Inc and General Mills are now major users of renewable energy like solar and wind.
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California policies pose challenge for Wyoming wind farm

By Heather Richards, Wyoming Star Tribune  •    •  Posted 2017-09-06 06:41:53

The proposed Chokecherry Sierra Madre wind energy project could face challenges selling power in the desert southwest, officials told lawmakers in Casper last week. The farm, being developed by a subsidiary of oil and gas company Anschutz Corp., is expected to bring $847 million in tax dollars to the state over the first 20 years of operation. It will be the largest wind project in Wyoming and significantly increase the amount of wind energy capacity in the Cowboy State. [ read more … ]

National lab breakthrough could reduce bird, bat deaths

Christa Marshall, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-09-06 06:42:46

The prospect of turbines killing birds is one of the chief attacks made on the wind industry by President Trump and other critics. Now, researchers at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory say they may have a solution to the problem, with help from technology typically used in night-vision goggles. [ read more … ]

China to call on Denmark to help build offshore wind farm

By Teis Jensen, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2017-09-06 06:43:11

China will tap Denmark, home to some of the world’s largest offshore energy companies, to help it build a wind farm, Denmark’s energy minister said on Monday. Speaking after meeting the head of China’s National Energy Administration (NEA), minister Lars Christian Lilleholt said that size, timing and suppliers for the wind farm had not yet been decided but he was convinced it would be built. [ read more … ]

How to hit 100% clean? Hawaii, Calif. offer different answers

Anne C. Mulkern, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-09-06 06:42:23

California Democratic leaders want their state to commit to a future of 100 percent renewable electricity, a goal approved so far by only one U.S. state — Hawaii. Top officials in both places hope their policies will serve as a model for others as the Trump administration rejects actions on climate change. California and Hawaii offer very different models for committing their power sectors to clean electricity. They differ on everything from mandate deadlines to what’s considered renewable.
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Heap of California climate, energy bills touted as ‘message’ to Trump

Debra Kahn, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-09-06 06:43:49

California lawmakers are poised to enact a slew of clean energy and climate laws in the next two weeks that are partly motivated by fear of federal rollbacks. State lawmakers are positioning themselves as the counterpoint to the Trump administration with a package of bills to enshrine Obama-era environmental laws in state code and preserve federal data on climate change and other environmental issues, as well as a bill to increase the state’s renewable portfolio standard.
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Home runs are done. Now Trump makes small moves on climate

Zack Colman, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-09-06 06:44:06

The Trump administration is learning how to play small ball. Energy and environment experts say the Trump administration is reversing substantive policy measures that often fly under the radar. At the same time, the administration has completed structural changes in the government that alter the trajectory of environmental and energy policy by, in part, crimping agencies’ work on issues that are unimportant to the White House, like climate change. [ read more … ]

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