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September 7, 2018

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Wind turbines could appear off Atlantic City shore by 2020

By James Nash, North Jersey Record  •    •  Posted 2018-09-07 06:44:07

New Jersey is moving forward with a plan to install enough offshore wind turbines to power 1.5 million homes by 2030. How do gusts 20 miles off the coast turn into the electricity that lights up your home when you flip a switch? Russ Zimmer Three wind turbines could sprout off the Atlantic City shore within two years, a modest start toward Gov. Phil Murphy’s goal of powering millions of households from ocean breezes. [ read more … ]

FERC chairman authorized aide’s politically charged appearances

Sam Mintz, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-09-07 06:44:37

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Kevin McIntyre signed off on two controversial public appearances by his chief of staff earlier this year, he told congressional Democrats in a letter released today. The July interview and August speech stirred controversy because Chief of Staff Anthony Pugliese both criticized Democrats and appeared to share nonpublic information about the agency’s work to assist the Department of Energy in identifying “critical” power plants [ read more … ]

Company suspected of using plant closures to get subsidies

Benjamin Storrow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-09-07 06:45:04

“One way to read the announcement is that it’s designed to force the hands of policymakers and regulators to think about a more concrete timeline for action to support baseload generation,” said Joseph Aldina, who tracks the industry at S&P Global. “It may be a signal to policymakers and regulators.” [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Coal pirates plan to Perry

By Kelsey Tamborrino, Politico  •    •  Posted 2018-09-07 06:48:13

The coal industry-led council housed under the Energy Department wants the U.S. to hit “reset” on the sector, according to a draft report from the National Coal Council posted this week on its website. [ read more … ]

Researchers warn a common air pollutant is a driver of dementia, even at levels below current EPA standards

By Christopher Ingraham, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2018-09-07 06:45:31

The authors find that the harmful effects of the pollutants begin occurring well before exposure levels deemed actionable by the EPA, and they recommend tightening federal restrictions to save lives and dollars. In recent months, however, the Trump administration has made rule changes that would put more of the pollutants in the atmosphere. [ read more … ]

Massachusetts high court backs state’s authority to limit greenhouse gas emissions

By Robert Walton, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2018-09-07 06:48:34

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled Tuesday the state can enforce declining greenhouse gas emissions described in a 2008 law, handing climate activists what they called an “unqualified win” for the state’s environmental goals Massachusetts passed the Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA) a decade ago, requiring at least an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, relative to 1990 levels. A group of generators sued the state last year, arguing the act’s cap on emissions was unlawful and would increase rather than decrease statewide emissions. [ read more … ]

Kavanaugh tackles doctrine that loomed over climate plan

Ellen M. Gilmer, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-09-07 06:48:50

In an exchange focused on net neutrality, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) pressed Kavanaugh on his application of the “major questions” doctrine to weigh agency action. The doctrine operates as an exception to traditional judicial deference to agencies. It originated in the Supreme Court’s 2014 Utility Air Regulatory Group v. EPA, which found that EPA could not exercise major, transformative power without a “clear statement” from Congress on an issue. [ read more … ]

100% renewables not best path to carbon-free grid — study

Sam Mintz, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-09-07 06:49:04

Fully powering the electric grid with renewable energy — a popular goal for environmentalists — isn’t the cheapest way to a zero-carbon system, Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers say in a paper published today. The best way to eliminate emissions from electricity generation is through a balanced mix of low-carbon sources, pairing wind, solar and batteries with one or more “firm” carbon-free resources like nuclear power, geothermal energy, bioenergy or natural gas with carbon capture, according to the article in the journal Joule. [ read more … ]

 

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