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May 1, 2018

Top Stories

Businesses Are Buying More Renewable Power Than Ever Before

By Brian Eckhouse, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2018-05-01 06:28:12

Companies are buying renewable power at a record pace. AT&T Inc. and Walmart Inc. are among 36 businesses, government agencies and universities that have agreed to buy 3.3 gigawatts of wind and solar power so far this year. That’s on track to shatter the previous high of 4.8 gigawatts of disclosed deals last year, according to a report Monday by Bloomberg New Energy Finance. [ read more … ]

Minneapolis commits to using only renewable energy

Daniel Cusick, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-05-01 06:28:38

Minneapolis just became the 65th U.S. city to formally commit to using 100 percent renewable energy, joining a growing list of large municipalities pledging to wean their municipal, commercial and residential buildings off fossil fuel-based power. The Minneapolis City Council unanimously approved a commitment to transition the city to 100 percent renewable energy by 2030, an aggressive timetable that will draw heavily on the state and region’s abundant wind power and emerging solar marketplace. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Why climate change can’t escape Washington’s back burner

By Amy Harder, Axios  •    •  Posted 2018-05-01 06:29:11

It’s one of the biggest issues facing political and corporate leaders, yet it is almost always put behind more imminent priorities. The amorphous, long-term nature of the problem doesn’t fit well into political agendas, and companies respond in kind. This dynamic is kicking into high gear under President Trump and a Republican-controlled Congress. [ read more … ]

PJM fuel security study could lead to market changes

Sam Mintz, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-05-01 06:30:00

The country’s largest electric grid operator, PJM Interconnection, is kicking off a study of fuel security that could lead to changes in the way its capacity market operates. The process announced today is a response to shifts in how the grid gets its electricity, spurred by a steadily advancing wave of retirements of coal and nuclear plants and a marked increase in the use of natural gas-powered generation. [ read more … ]

Texas judge lets Exxon challenge cities’ oil suits

Anne C. Mulkern, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-05-01 06:29:33

Exxon Mobil Corp. can pursue its bid to challenge several California cities suing the oil giant over climate change impacts, a Texas judge has said. Judge R.H. Wallace Jr., in a district court in Tarrant County, Texas, last week ruled the state is the appropriate jurisdiction for Exxon’s petition seeking to gather information for a potential countersuit. [ read more … ]

Tesla’s Foe in Fight Over Electric Vehicle Rebate: Utilities

By John Lippert, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2018-05-01 06:30:37

Early adopters of the electric car often band together in what can seem, in the age of Donald Trump and resurgent sport utility vehicles, like a lonely defense of an unloved technology. But today in California, the state doing the most to cultivate emission-free driving through lucrative incentives, the businesses trying to profit from electric vehicles fought each other. [ read more … ]

EPA opens comment period on ‘secret science’ draft

Sean Reilly, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-05-01 06:31:01

EPA continued racing ahead today with plans to revamp its handling of scientific research, publishing a proposed rule in the Federal Register and opening a 30-day public comment period. The proposal would effectively bar EPA from using scientific studies in crafting significant new regulations unless the underlying data “are publicly available in a manner sufficient for independent validation,” according to the text. [ read more … ]

Mostly cheers for California’s plan to extend low-carbon fuel standard

Debra Kahn, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-05-01 06:31:23

Oil companies, automakers and alternative fuel producers are all finding something to like in proposed changes to California’s low-carbon fuel standard. The California Air Resources Board (ARB) is preparing to extend the program through 2030, with additional emissions cuts aimed at ultimately reducing the carbon intensity of fuels sold in-state by 20 percent. The low-carbon fuel standard (LCFS) program, in place since 2011, sets an average carbon content for fuels that declines annually. To stay below that standard, companies need to either change the balance of fuels they sell or buy credits to offset high-emitting fuels. [ read more … ]

Ethics allegations bruised Pruitt. Is Zinke the next target?

Adam Aton, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-05-01 06:31:40

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is limping out of April after a barrage of bad press and criticisms of his character — and environmentalists are eager to give Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke the same treatment. Activists on the left believe the two Cabinet secretaries cut a similar profile, and the heightened scrutiny of Pruitt could offer them a blueprint for challenging Zinke. [ read more … ]

 

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