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July 30, 2018

Top Stories

Texas rejection dims outlook for AEP’s Wind Catcher plan

Edward Klump, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-07-30 04:25:18

Texas regulators handed American Electric Power Co.’s Wind Catcher Energy Connection plan a major setback yesterday with a decision that might help kill the $4.5 billion proposal. The Public Utility Commission of Texas voted unanimously to reject an application from AEP’s Southwestern Electric Power Co., which sought a certificate of convenience and necessity authorization. The company could ask for a rehearing after commissioners sign an order on the rejection. [ read more … ]

Pruitt’s Successor Wants Rollbacks, Too. And He Wants Them to Stick.

By Coral Davenpor, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2018-07-30 04:25:42

In his first three weeks on the job, Andrew Wheeler, the acting head of the Environmental Protection Agency, has sought to halt two major efforts by his predecessor, Scott Pruitt, to roll back environmental regulations, arguing that the policies are legally vulnerable, according to people who have heard his reasoning. Mr. Wheeler’s actions signal a strategic shift at the E.P.A., an agency at the heart of President Trump’s push to strip away regulations on industry. Under Mr. Pruitt, who resigned July 5 under a cloud of ethics investigations, the agency pushed for ambitious but fast-paced rollbacks of environmental rules. At least a half-dozen of those have been struck down by federal courts. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

EPA won’t replace climate rule until 2019

Niina Heikkinen, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-07-30 04:26:06

EPA will not complete a replacement for the Clean Power Plan until at least early next year, new court filings show. The agency told the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit it was “hoping” to take its next step toward replacing the rule in August, before proceeding with additional steps in the rulemaking. EPA is waiting for the White House to weigh in on its draft proposal, the agency said. [ read more … ]

Bipartisan bill would keep fossil fuels in fed buildings

Christa Marshall, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-07-30 04:26:47

Sens. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) reintroduced legislation last week that would repeal a contentious plan to zero out fossil fuel use in federal buildings. The “All-of-the-Above Federal Building Energy Conservation Act” simultaneously directs building managers to implement energy-cutting strategies identified in congressional audits. It also requires that major renovations bring existing buildings up to new federal standards requiring less energy use. [ read more … ]

States to automakers: Time to ‘fully commit’ to ZEV targets

David Iaconangelo, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-07-30 04:27:02

States are beginning to lay the groundwork for zero-emission vehicles, and automakers shouldn’t try to minimize the odds of a successful transition or shirk their share of the burden, the environmental commissioners of six states said in a letter last week. The commissioners were responding to late May letters from the Alliance of Auto Manufacturers that urged nine states to enact a framework of electric vehicle policies on par with that of California. [ read more … ]

Iowa’s sole nuclear plant will close in 2020

By Matthew Patane, Cedar Rapids Gazette  •    •  Posted 2018-07-30 04:27:18

Iowa’s only nuclear power plant will close in late 2020, its owner, NextEra Energy Resources, said today. NextEra struck a deal with Alliant Energy Corp. to reduce its power purchase contract by five years, a decision that will need approval from the state utility board. [ read more … ]

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