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September 26, 2017

Brown announces formal carbon trading with Ontario

Debra Kahn, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-09-26 06:38:46

California is expanding its economywide carbon-trading program by joining forces with the Canadian province of Ontario. Gov. Jerry Brown (D) lauded the partnership Friday in Quebec City alongside the premiers of Ontario and Quebec. Quebec has been holding joint auctions of carbon credits with California since 2014. California has long been planning to link in 2018 with Ontario, which began holding its own auctions earlier this year. [ read more … ]

‘Supercharged’ states, cities vow to pick up Trump’s slack

Jean Chemnick, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-09-26 06:38:00

With the Trump administration keeping noticeably mum on climate change throughout this year’s U.N. week, U.S. cities, businesses and states were busy auditioning for understudy. Cities including Boston, Los Angeles and New York City outlined plans to further the objectives of the Paris climate agreement. Corporations, too, voiced their support for climate action and opposition to the Trump White House’s decision to leave the Paris accord at forums hosted by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg in New York and former Secretary of State John Kerry at Yale University. [ read more … ]

Illinois Supreme Court rules against Rock Island wind energy project

By MIKE MALLORY, Herald News  •    •  Posted 2017-09-26 06:39:20

The Illinois Supreme Court, in a unanimous 7-0 opinion, affirmed the Third District Court of Appeals August 2016 determination that Rock Island Clean Line is not a public utility, and thus, cannot use eminent domain to build a transmission line for its wind energy project across Illinois. The proposed route, which is designed to bring wind energy from the more open areas of the Midwest and direct it toward Chicago and cities farther east, would go through northern Grundy County.
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New Jersey Not on Target to Reach Greenhouse Gas Goal by 2050

By Tom Johnson, NJ Spotlight  •    •  Posted 2017-09-26 06:40:38

The state is going to require much steeper reductions in greenhouse-gas emissions to reach a goal to lower carbon pollution to 1990 levels by 2050, according to a new report by researchers at the Rutgers Climate Institute. A decade after New Jersey enacted the Global Warming Response Act, the report found the state lacks a detailed and comprehensive strategy to achieve its goal and warned its emissions trajectory under current policies is inconsistent with the mid-century target. [ read more … ]

Coming soon, Trump’s new Clean Power Plan rule might have ‘fuzzy math’

Robin Bravender and Niina Heikkinen, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2017-09-26 06:39:40

When the Obama administration issued its landmark climate rule in 2015, officials declared that benefits to public health and the climate would be enormous — dwarfing the costs. For every dollar spent to comply with U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan, the public could potentially get more than $6 in benefits, the Obama team said. Those benefits would come in part from averting premature deaths, asthma attacks and other health problems. [ read more … ]

Know how to build a floating turbine? A guide is being drafted

Brittany Patterson, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-09-26 06:39:58

Major industry players are helping develop “best practices” to assist developers in launching offshore wind projects along the U.S. coasts. The three-year effort to write a set of comprehensive standards covering everything from how to design a wind turbine to building its foundations is meant to accelerate the burgeoning offshore industry. [ read more … ]

Trump officials adopt ‘base’-first strategy on nuclear and coal

By Timothy Cama, The Hill  •    •  Posted 2017-09-26 06:37:34

The Trump administration has found a new strategy for pushing coal and nuclear power over wind and solar. In a shift from the Obama administration, Trump officials are putting a high priority on what is known as “baseload” power in the electric grid. That change has the effect of favoring coal and nuclear power, which can be generated consistently around the clock, no matter what the weather is. [ read more … ]

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