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August 22, 2018

Top Stories

E.P.A.’s New Coal Pollution Rules Will Lead to More Deaths, Agency’s Numbers Show

By Lisa Friedman, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2018-08-22 04:40:42

The administration’s own analysis, however, revealed on Tuesday that the new rules could also lead to as many as 1,400 premature deaths annually by 2030 from an increase in the extremely fine particulate matter that is linked to heart and lung disease, up to 15,000 new cases of upper respiratory problems, a rise in bronchitis, and tens of thousands of missed school days.
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Trump kicks off next big climate battle

Niina Heikkinen and Nick Sobczyk E&E reporters  •    •  Posted 2018-08-22 04:41:26

The Trump administration took a decisive step today to eviscerate President Obama’s signature climate change rule by releasing an industry-friendly proposal to control power plants’ greenhouse gas emissions. The proposed Affordable Clean Energy, or ACE, rule would set guidelines for states to curb emissions by focusing strictly on efficiency improvements. The new rule — if finalized — would be a significant departure from the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan, which took a systemwide approach to cutting greenhouse gases. [ read more … ]

More Than 714,000 Midwesterners Work in Clean Energy Jobs

By Amy Fischbach, T&D World  •    •  Posted 2018-08-22 04:41:53

According to Clean Jobs Midwest, clean energy employment across the 12-state region totaled 714,255 at the end of last year—led by Michigan, Illinois, and Ohio each with more than 100,000 jobs. The three Midwest leaders all ranked in the top 10 nationwide for clean energy jobs. Indiana, Wisconsin, and Minnesota also placed in the top 20. Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota make up the other six states in the analysis. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

EPA tucks major permitting change into climate proposal

Sean Reilly, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-08-22 04:42:39

The Trump administration’s proposed replacement for the Obama-era Clean Power Plan would greenlight a landmark change to EPA’s New Source Review permitting program while allowing more emissions of pollutants linked to premature deaths, according to the plan’s supporting documents released today. The proposed Affordable Clean Energy Rule would give states the option of letting power companies adopt a new yardstick for deciding whether a power plant upgrade or expansion requires a pre-construction permit under the Clean Air Act’s New Source Review program. [ read more … ]

‘Affordable Clean Energy’ plan won’t save coal — analysts

Benjamin Storrow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-08-22 04:43:05

President Trump’s diluted Clean Power Plan is unlikely to save the coal industry, but it represents a setback for U.S. efforts to address climate change, analysts say. In removing a government cap on power plant emissions, Trump leaves American climate policy to the whims of the power market, one of the few areas of the economy to post steep emissions reductions in recent years. [ read more … ]

Montana developer eyes PURPA contracts for 320 MW of wind, 640 MWh of storage

By Gavin Bade, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2018-08-22 04:43:37

A renewable energy developer filed with the Montana Public Service Commission (PSC) this month to build 320 MW of wind and 160 MW/640 MWh of battery storage spread over four separate projects in the state. Caithness Beaver Creek wants to develop the four 80 MW wind projects and 40 MW/160 MWh batteries as qualifying facilities (QFs) under the Public Utility Regulatory Policy Act (PURPA) after negotiations over capacity payments broke down with Northwestern Energy, Montana’s largest utility. PURPA requires utilities to purchase power from independent generators at the utility avoided cost rate. [ read more … ]

In climate suits, economic case has upper hand — study

David Iaconangelo, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-08-22 04:43:22

Courts tend to side with climate action when the litigants are pursuing renewable or energy efficiency development — but less so when they take aim at coal plants, according to a new study from George Washington University researchers. [ read more … ]

U.S. tariffs cast a cloud over Huawei’s solar electronics launch

By John Benny, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2018-08-22 04:43:51

Huawei Technology Co’s coming U.S. launch of a solar-panel control device is expected to collide with new Trump administration tariffs on Chinese electronics, undermining a product that analysts had seen as challenging rivals on pricing. The Chinese company, best known for its smart phones and telecommunications equipment, has developed a new generation of low-cost solar inverters, which convert, manage and monitor energy produced by solar panels for home use. [ read more … ]

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