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September 5, 2018

Top Stories

Utilities are reluctant to invest in coal plants, even after Trump tries to save them

By Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner  •    •  Posted 2018-09-05 06:30:46

Utilities are expressing little interest in the Trump administration’s bid to help keep their coal plants alive, remaining committed to providing energy from cleaner and cheaper sources such as natural gas, wind, and solar.
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Trump’s rollback of pollution rules to hit coal country hard

By Seth Borenstein, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2018-09-05 06:31:26

It’s coal people like miner Steve Knotts, 62, who make West Virginia Trump Country. So it was no surprise that President Donald Trump picked the state to announce his plan rolling back Obama-era pollution controls on coal-fired power plants. Trump left one thing out of his remarks, though: northern West Virginia coal country will be ground zero for increased deaths and illnesses from the rollback on regulation of harmful emission from the nation’s coal power plants. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Navy now considering plans for ocean wind farms — and Morro Bay is a top prospect

By John Lindt, San Luisobispo Tribune  •    •  Posted 2018-09-05 06:31:49

Efforts to build fields of floating wind turbines off the coast of California are gaining momentum, and Morro Bay might be at the front of the line. Despite a lack of publicity, activity on the West Coast has been moving along — ”quite a bit of it,” according to Morro Bay city administrator Eric Endersby. [ read more … ]

Trump sends civil servants to major climate talks

Jean Chemnick, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-09-05 06:32:44

The Trump administration is expected to send career staff — not political appointees — to high-stakes international climate talks that kick off this week in Bangkok and continue into the fall. The White House and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo haven’t nominated officials for posts that would typically represent the United States at those talks, and civil servants are preparing to attend. [ read more … ]

Unified grid remains out of West’s reach

Debra Kahn, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-09-05 06:32:58

It’s the second year that California lawmakers have balked at creating a regional electricity market. The prospect of a Western RTO has long tantalized utilities and regulators for its potential to encourage wind and solar development in California’s neighboring coal-heavy states. Many mainstream environmental groups, including the Natural Resources Defense Council and Union of Concerned Scientists, were also on board. [ read more … ]

17 states urge court to reject EPA bid to freeze litigation

Jeremy P. Jacobs, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-09-05 06:33:14

Seventeen states and other parties urged a federal appeals court today to reject EPA’s request to keep litigation concerning the Clean Power Plan on hold. EPA asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit last week to continue holding the complex litigation on the Obama-era rule in abeyance as it moves forward with its replacement Affordable Clean Energy rule. [ read more … ]

Electric Vehicles’ Day Will Come, and It Might Come Suddenly

By Nathaniel Bullard, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2018-09-05 04:49:28

It took Norway about a decade to reach six percent electric vehicle sales but then only five years to go from 6 percent to 47 percent. Norway is a special case, given that the country has generous incentives that aren’t replicated elsewhere. It does show, though, that inflection points occur, and when they do, markets can change quickly. Six percent isn’t some magic threshold, necessarily, but it could be the beginning of explosive growth in California as it was in Norway. [ read more … ]

Nuclear Has to Use Climate Crisis to Justify High Cost, MIT Says

By Jonathan Tirone, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2018-09-05 04:49:11

“As of today and for decades to come, the main value of nuclear energy lies in its potential contribution to de-carbonizing the power sector,” reads the report published Monday. “Cost is the main barrier to realizing this value. Without cost reductions, nuclear energy will not play a significant role.” [ read more … ]

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