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November 28, 2017

Trump looks to rally senators for overhaul plan

Geof Koss, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-11-28 06:48:20

The Senate Budget Committee is scheduled to vote on the fiscal 2018 budget reconciliation package, the vehicle for tax reform, this afternoon. But Republicans last night were still working to line up enough votes. They cannot afford to lose anyone in committee, but at least two members were expressing doubts. Republicans yesterday were also still scrambling to secure the 50 votes needed to pass the measure on the floor later this week. [ read more … ]

Nearly 300 slated to speak at epic W.Va. hearing today

Robin Bravender, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-11-28 06:48:56

A coal magnate and sparring GOP Senate hopefuls are among the prominent foes of U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan who are expected to excoriate the rule today in the heart of coal country. So far, EPA is expecting about 270 people to testify in Charleston, W.Va., today and Wednesday on the Trump administration’s plans to repeal the rule. They include throngs of backers and opponents, many of whom will be traveling to the session from outside the Mountain State. EPA will be hearing testimony in three separate rooms of West Virginia’s State Capitol. [ read more … ]

Scott Pruitt on a mission to change the culture of the EPA

By Ledyard King, USA Today  •    •  Posted 2017-11-28 06:49:21

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt isn’t just dismantling the Clean Power Plan and other high-profile environmental programs of the Obama era. He’s on a mission to re-engineer the agency’s culture by returning power to states and away from the Washington bureaucrats and coastal elites he said have led it astray. The EPA, for example, is doing away with the “sue-and-settle” approach that Pruitt said improperly allowed the Obama administration to circumvent laws by rewriting regulations behind closed doors with friendly environmental groups who filed lawsuits. [ read more … ]

Wind Power Contributing To South Dakota’s Economy

By Dennis Daugaard, Governor of South Dakota and former chair of the Governors’ Wind & Solar Energy Coalition  •    •  Posted 2017-11-28 06:49:54

Today, I am proud to say that South Dakota is one of only two states where wind power provides over 30 percent of in-state power generation. That’s power that the whole region can count on. In fact, the regional operator of our energy system has noted they can reliably meet over 50 percent of the current demand for our 13-state region with wind power alone, and that’s not even the limit. [ read more … ]

Inslee travels abroad to bolster his climate profile

Benjamin Storrow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-11-28 06:50:12

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is going global. The Evergreen State’s Democratic chief executive, fresh off participating in the U.N. climate talks, was in British Columbia last week, where he spoke to provincial lawmakers about boosting regional climate change efforts. [ read more … ]

NY union group joins push for offshore wind

By Claude Solnik, Long Island Business News  •    •  Posted 2017-11-28 06:50:46

The New York State Building and Construction Trades Council has joined the New York Offshore Wind Alliance, further strengthening the group of environmental, business and labor groups pushing for wind turbines off the coast. The council, which has more than 200,000 union workers, is joining the group that seeks “to the fight for a cleaner environment, renewable energy and a stronger economic future for New York,” according to Joe Martens, director of the Alliance and a former commissioner of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. [ read more … ]

Elon Musk Is About to Meet His Giant Battery Deadline

By Perry Williams, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2017-11-28 06:51:06

Elon Musk’s giant battery will go live in the South Australian outback by Dec. 1, making good on the billionaire’s pledge to help avoid crippling power shortages during the state’s summer season, regulators said. The connection for the 100-megawatt storage facility near a wind farm north of Adelaide is on schedule and will go online by Friday, according to a report by the Australian Energy Market Operator released Tuesday. Tesla Inc. power packs were fully installed on the site last week and the facility started charging for the first time Saturday. [ read more … ]

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