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August 21, 2018

Top Story

New E.P.A. Rollback of Coal Pollution Regulations Takes a Major Step Forward

By Lisa Friedman and Coral Davenport, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2018-08-21 06:38:51

Andrew Wheeler, the acting administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, on Monday signed a plan to weaken regulation of coal-fired power plants, advancing a proposal that the coal industry has hailed as an end to burdensome regulation and environmentalists have criticized as a retreat in the battle to address climate change. Mr. Wheeler’s signature officially sets in motion one of the Trump Administration’s most significant rollbacks yet of former President Barack Obama’s climate change legacy, alongside an earlier decision to let automobiles pollute more. A senior E.P.A. official confirmed the signing late Monday. [ read more … ]

Trump draft creates ‘huge loophole’ — Gina McCarthy

Amanda Reilly, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-08-21 06:39:09

The architects of the Clean Power Plan are taking a pre-emptive strike against the Trump administration’s expected move to replace it with a version that gives states broad authority for reducing carbon dioxide emissions at power plants. The Trump administration is poised to create a “huge loophole” in the Clean Air Act “that is essentially a huge gimme to coal-fired power plants,” said Gina McCarthy, who championed the Clean Power Plan while serving as the Obama administration’s EPA chief. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Wind Power in New Jersey: How Big and How Soon?

By TOM JOHNSON, NJSpotlight  •    •  Posted 2018-08-21 06:39:33

Offshore wind could provide four times as much electricity as states along the Atlantic coast currently use, according to a new report touting the technology as a key to the region’s clean-energy future. The 32-page report, Wind Power to Spare: The Enormous Energy Potential of Atlantic Offshore Wind, suggests New Jersey is uniquely positioned to harness that promise with the most aggressive goals in the nation. [ read more … ]

Northeast, Mid-Atlantic states to plunge into EV preparations

David Iaconangelo, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-08-21 06:39:55

Several Eastern Seaboard states that want to become a key market for electric vehicles will hold public discussions this fall on potentially transformative plans to expand zero-emissions transportation. The myriad questions on their agendas include whether regulators should let utilities build out chargers and how that could serve power consumers and the health of the grid, what executive offices can do to steer the longer-term electrification of the sector, and how environmental agencies should spend money from the Volkswagen diesel-emissions settlement on clean transportation.
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Steel city swaps coal for solar

Benjamin Storrow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-08-21 06:40:20

Evraz North America PLC announced last week that it has reached an agreement with Xcel Energy Inc., Colorado’s largest utility, to build a 240-megawatt solar farm next to its mill in southern Colorado. The deal, which is subject to approval by Colorado regulators, is part of Xcel’s wider transition from coal to renewables. The Minneapolis-based utility is closing the two coal-fired units at Comanche Generating Station, which were built in part to power Evraz’s operations. [ read more … ]

Battery storage firm, once rising star, files for bankruptcy

By Daniel Moore, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette  •    •  Posted 2018-08-21 06:40:36

Pennsylvania-based battery storage firm Axion Power has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, following the failure of what would have been a major deal with a Chinese buyer.The company, which plans to liquidate its assets, was seen since its 2003 founding as a rising star in its field. [ read more … ]

7 Democrats who might use climate to run for president

Kelsey Brugger, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-08-21 06:40:51

Some Democrats considering a run for the White House in 2020 are seeing historic wildfires in their home state of California. Another has tried to pass a carbon tax, and still another has poured a personal fortune into environmental issues. Welcome to the next presidential race, where climate change stands a chance of being a high-profile issue. [ read more … ]

Trump ridicules ‘windmills,’ says ‘the coal is doing great’

Christa Marshall, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-08-21 06:41:06

“What happens when the wind doesn’t blow?” he asked. “Well, then we have a problem. OK, good. They were putting ’em in areas where they didn’t have much wind, too. And it’s a subsidy — you need subsidy for windmills. You need subsidy. Who wants to have energy where you need subsidy? So, uh, the coal is doing great,” Trump said. [ read more … ]


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