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July 25, 2018

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Trump to Seek Repeal of California’s Smog-Fighting Power

By Ryan Beene, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2018-07-25 06:53:32

The Trump administration will seek to revoke California’s authority to regulate automobile greenhouse gas emissions — including its mandate for electric-car sales — in a proposed revision of Obama-era standards, according to three people familiar with the plan. [ read more … ]

U.S. to propose revoking California authority to set auto emissions rules -source

By David Shepardson, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2018-07-25 06:54:16

The Trump administration is expected as early as Thursday to propose revoking California’s power to set state vehicle emissions rules and mandate the purchase of electric vehicles, a government official briefed on the matter said. The U.S. Transportation Department and Environmental Protection Agency are expected to unveil a proposed regulation that recommends freezing national emissions requirements at 2020 levels through 2026, the official said on condition of anonymity because it has not yet been made public. [ read more … ]

‘Road map’ lays out paths for deep carbon cuts in Midwest

Jeffrey Tomich, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-07-25 06:54:32

There are multiple pathways to slash power-sector carbon emissions in the nation’s midsection, with a couple of key factors, especially natural gas prices and policy, expected to dictate the cheapest route, according to a new study. The study, a “road map” for decarbonization of the region by 2050, was overseen by power plant owners and environmental groups that joined the Midcontinent Power Sector Collaborative, an ad hoc group convened by the nonprofit Great Plains Institute. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

It’s been a great year so far for wind investments, less so for solar

By Briana Jackson, Bloomberg News.  •    •  Posted 2018-07-25 06:54:52

The good news for clean energy is global investments in wind power surged during the first half of 2018. The bad news? Solar is slipping. Financing for wind farms totaled $57.2 billion from January through June, up 33 percent from the same period in 2017, Bloomberg NEF said in their 2Q Clean Energy Investment Trends report that came out Monday. Solar investments declined 19 percent to $71.6 billion. [ read more … ]

Judge tosses out challenge of order halting wind turbines

By The Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2018-07-25 06:55:09

A judge has tossed a legal challenge of Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s executive order halting wind turbine permits in parts of Maine, while leaving the door open to revisit the topic. Superior Court Justice Andrew Horton said in his decision Friday that the governor has admitted that his own administration is not enforcing the executive order. But Horton dismissed the lawsuit because he said that environmental and renewable energy groups haven’t proven the order will harm any in-the-works wind turbine projects. [ read more … ]

Quebec-to-New England line clears hurdle in Mass.

Saqib Rahim, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-07-25 06:55:24

Officials under Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) yesterday announced progress on a proposed power line to Quebec that the state says would make nearly half its power portfolio renewable. The state Department of Energy Resources, or DOER, yesterday recommended that utility regulators approve contracts to buy power from the New England Clean Energy Connect 100% Hydro (NECEC) project. It’s one of the most important commercial milestones NECEC must pass in order to become the anchor clean energy project that Baker has envisioned. [ read more … ]

Southern eyes Calif. as it makes Southeast homes more efficient

Kristi E. Swartz, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-07-25 06:55:41

Southern Co. is working with Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Electric Power Research Institute to develop a high-tech, “smart” neighborhood for the future that will boost grid performance and help customers control their energy use. The idea isn’t new, but it’s novel in the Southeast, where major regulated utilities run the show and change comes slowly. [ read more … ]

WEC Energy bets on solar, wind and natural gas. So, what about coal?

By Milwaukee Journal Sentimental  •    •  Posted 2018-07-25 06:55:55

Signaling the early stages of a historic transition, WEC Energy Group, the parent company of We Energies and Wisconsin Public Service, last month announced its first large investment in solar power. Once the darlings only of the green-energy crowd, solar and wind projects now have become the least expensive way for utilities to add new power generation. As a result, they’re changing how utilities plan to operate in the coming decade. [ read more … ]

Ex-Inhofe aide picked to lead policy shop

Kevin Bogardus, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-07-25 06:56:09

EPA has a new policy chief. Brittany Bolen, who has been acting as the leader of EPA’s policy office since April, will lead the shop on a permanent basis, the agency’s chief of staff, Ryan Jackson, said in an internal email obtained by E&E News. [ read more … ]

 

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