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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

June 29, 2018

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Is Massachusetts v. EPA a goner?

Amanda Reilly, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-06-29 06:41:57

The fate of a landmark Supreme Court climate change decision became uncertain after Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement yesterday. Kennedy provided the crucial fifth vote in the 2007 decision, in which the court found EPA has the authority to regulate carbon dioxide emissions under the Clean Air Act. The case, Massachusetts v. EPA, set the stage for other Supreme Court decisions on greenhouse gas regulations and Obama-era efforts to address climate change. [ read more … ]

Kennedy’s retirement could bring a seismic shift to environmental law

By Dino Grandoni, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2018-06-29 06:42:22

Justice Anthony M. Kennedy’s announcement that he will soon step down from the Supreme Court sent shock waves through Washington on Wednesday. Should President Trump and Senate Republicans succeed in replacing the swing-vote jurist with a stalwart conservative, the ideological shift could bring seismic changes to federal environmental policy. As with so many other issues, Kennedy served as a swing vote in key cases on water pollution and climate change during his three-decade tenure. His imminent departure immediately put some environmental groups on edge. [ read more … ]

Republican FERC commissioner Robert Powelson to resign amid fight over coal bailout

By Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner  •    •  Posted 2018-06-29 06:43:23

Robert Powelson, a Republican member of the Federal Regulatory Commission, announced Thursday he is resigning effective in mid-August. Powelson, a nominee of President Trump who has been in office for less than a year, took to Twitter to say he is leaving FERC with “mixed emotions” to become president and CEO of the National Association of Water Companies. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Nuclear, coal bailout worth any cost ‘to keep America free’: U.S. energy chief

By Richard Valdmanis, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2018-06-29 06:44:24

U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry said on Thursday that bailing out struggling coal and nuclear power plants is as important to national security as keeping the military strong, and that the cost to Americans should not be an issue. “You cannot put a dollar figure on the cost to keep America free,” he told reporters at a press conference in Washington, when asked about the administration’s effort to extend the lives of the facilities. When asked about the cost of a potential bailout, he said he did not yet know. [ read more … ]

DOE working on cost estimate for coal, nuclear plan — Perry

Sam Mintz, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-06-29 06:43:58

Energy Secretary Rick Perry said yesterday that his agency is working to determine the cost of a plan under consideration to assist struggling coal and nuclear plants. “We don’t have a dollar estimate at this particular point in time. There’s actually a piece of work being done at this point in time; hopefully, in the not-too-distant future, we can hold that out to you,” he said during a press availability at the World Gas Conference. [ read more … ]

Group to link clean energy technologies, reliability

Rod Kuckro, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-06-29 06:43:39

A new advocacy group believes electric utilities and their regulators need a better understanding of the interplay between clean energy technologies and the smooth and reliable function of the nation’s bulk power system. That is the purpose behind the founding of an effort named the Clean Reliability Project, led by longtime industry players Ric O’Connell and Michael Goggin. [ read more … ]

A huge stretch of the Arctic Ocean is rapidly turning into the Atlantic. That’s not a good sign

By Chris Mooney, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2018-06-29 06:45:46

Scientists studying one of the fastest-warming regions of the global ocean say changes in this region are so sudden and vast that in effect, it will soon be another limb of the Atlantic Ocean, rather than a characteristically icy Arctic sea. The northern Barents Sea, to the north of Scandinavia and east of the remote archipelago of Svalbard, has warmed extremely rapidly — by 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit just since the year 2000 — standing out even in the fastest-warming part of the globe, the Arctic. [ read more … ]

America’s About to Miss a Big Obama-Era Climate Goal as Trump Dismantles Policies

By Jim Efstathiou Jr, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2018-06-29 06:46:12

The U.S. will fall short of its commitment to cut greenhouse gases as the Trump administration continues to roll back Obama-era policies, according to a new report. Emissions blamed for global warming are on track to fall between 12 and 20 percent by 2025 from 2005 levels, according to the report released Thursday by research firm Rhodium Group LLC. Under President Barack Obama, the U.S. pledged a 26 percent to 28 percent cut as a signatory to the Paris Agreement, which aims to limit the impacts of climate change. [ read more … ]

World’s First Battery For Offshore Wind Completed At Floating Offshore Wind Farm

By Joshua S Hill, Clean Technica  •    •  Posted 2018-06-29 06:46:36

Norwegian energy company Equinor announced this week that it has completed the installation of the world’s first battery for an offshore wind farm at its 30 megawatt (MW) Hywind Scotland floating offshore wind farm, which is the world’s first floating wind farm. [ read more … ]



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