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July 6, 2018

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Scott Pruitt, Trump’s E.P.A. Chief, Resigns Under Cloud of Ethics Scandals

By Coral Davenport, Lisa Friedman and Maggie Haberman, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2018-07-06 04:35:32

Scott Pruitt, President Trump’s administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, resigned after facing months of allegations over legal and ethical violations. Mr. Trump announced the resignation in a tweet on Thursday in which he thanked Mr. Pruitt for an “outstanding job” and said the agency’s deputy, Andrew Wheeler, would take over as the acting administrator on Monday. [ read more … ]

How the New Acting E.P.A. Chief Differs From Scott Pruitt

By Coral Davenport, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2018-07-06 04:35:48

The departure of Scott Pruitt, the scandal-plagued former head of the Environmental Protection Agency, means that the agency will be led in the coming months by Mr. Pruitt’s deputy, Andrew Wheeler, a former coal lobbyist who shares Mr. Pruitt’s zeal to undo environmental regulations.
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E.P.A. Drafts Rule on Coal Plants to Replace Clean Power Plan

By Lisa Friedman and Brad Plumer, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2018-07-06 04:36:20

The Trump administration has drafted a new proposal to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants, one that is far less stringent than the climate plan finalized in 2015 by former President Barack Obama. In writing the new rule to replace Mr. Obama’s Clean Power Plan, the Trump administration is essentially accepting, for now, that the federal government is legally obligated to take action to address the greenhouse gases that cause global warming [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

R.I. attorney general goes after Big Oil

Benjamin Hulac, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-07-06 04:40:08

The Rhode Island attorney general on Monday sued 21 major oil and gas companies over climate change, accusing them of worsening its risks and demanding they pay to repair the harm climate change has caused in the coastal state. Attorney General Peter Kilmartin (D) announced the lawsuit at a seaside wall in Narragansett, on the state’s southern edge, where he told a crowd that oil companies and their industry trade associations have deceived the public about climate change dangers for decades. [ read more … ]

Trump effort to lift U.S. offshore wind sector sparks interest – from Europe

By Nichola Groom and Stine Jacobsen, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2018-07-06 04:36:45

The Trump administration wants to fire up development of the U.S. offshore wind industry by streamlining permitting and carving out vast areas off the coast for leasing – part of its ‘America First’ policy to boost domestic energy production and jobs. The Europeans have taken note. [ read more … ]

Scotland wind farm opposed by Trump generates first power

By John Bowden, The Hill  •    •  Posted 2018-07-06 04:37:05

A Scottish wind farm that President Trump personally lobbied against went live on Tuesday, generating the first power that will be used to fuel the area near Trump’s Aberdeenshire golf course. The offshore wind turbine farm, called the European Offshore Wind Deployment Center, was developed by a Swedish energy group, according to the BBC, and features the most powerful wind energy turbines in the world. [ read more … ]

Va. emerges as next battleground for clean car rules

Maxine Joselow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-07-06 04:37:22

After Colorado’s adoption of tougher clean car standards last month, environmentalists have turned their attention to getting another state to rebuke the Trump administration on fuel economy: Virginia. “We’re kind of jealous that Colorado got in there. We wanted to be that 14th state to set those commitments,” said Kelsey Crane, the Sierra Club’s northern Virginia program coordinator. [ read more … ]

AWEA releases statement on FERC order rejecting PJM reforms

By Michelle Froese, Windpower  •    •  Posted 2018-07-03 07:46:53

“We see pathways to a positive outcome from FERC’s 3-2 decision if the resulting proceeding ensures states can continue to shape the fuel mix within their borders as intended under the Federal Power Act,” said Amy Farrell, Senior Vice President, Government and Public Affairs. Farrell added: “We will be weighing in heavily with the commissioners and PJM to explain our concerns and how they can be addressed.” [ read more … ]

FERC Orders PJM Capacity Market Revamp

By Rich Heidorn Jr.. RTO Insider  •    •  Posted 2018-07-03 06:33:45

Rising state subsidies for renewable and nuclear power require PJM to revamp its minimum offer price rule (MOPR) to address price suppression in its capacity market, FERC ruled Friday. The commission ruled 3-2 that the rule, which now covers only new gas-fired units, must be expanded to all new and existing capacity receiving out-of-market payments, such as renewable energy credits and zero-emission credits for nuclear plants. Democrats Cheryl LaFleur and Richard Glick dissented, calling the ruling hasty and counterproductive [ read more … ]

FERC’s Friday night dump

By Kelsey Tamborrino, Politico  •    •  Posted 2018-07-06 04:39:30

Regulators at FERC have known that one day they would have to decide how they would move to protect the power markets they oversee from the state-enacted energy programs, particularly those that support nuclear units, that are tilting the playing field. A divided FERC waded in Friday nightin a way that raised concerns among climate advocates and consumer groups about the future of the markets and the viability of state energy initiatives. [ read more … ]


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