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September 13, 2018

Top Story

World’s local governments rally in California to fight climate change

By Sebastien Malo, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2018-09-13 04:36:35

Local authorities will carve out a larger role in fighting rising temperatures globally, as national governments have been slow to take action, said organizers of a climate change summit beginning on Wednesday in San Francisco. About 4,500 delegates from city and regional governments, as well as industries and research institutions, will attend the Global Climate Action Summit, which was put together by Californian authorities and the United Nations. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

5 things to watch at this week’s San Francisco gathering

Jean Chemnick and Debra Kahn, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2018-09-13 04:35:50

The summit that kicks off here today has been billed as the next big moment in the global struggle to contain global warming. But California Gov. Jerry Brown’s last major foray on the world stage is also partly a trade fair for companies — many based in the San Francisco Bay Area — that hope to flourish in the low-carbon global economy of the future.
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1,400 candidates running on clean energy platforms — LCV

Nick Bowlin, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-09-13 04:36:11

A record number of candidates are running for office this year on platforms backing 100 percent clean energy by 2050, according to the League of Conservation Voters. More than 1,400 candidates made the pledge, the group announced on a press call ahead of the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco. [ read more … ]

Local governments keep U.S. on track for climate targets Trump rejected – report

By Sebastien Malo, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2018-09-13 04:37:24

The United States is on course to meet its targets to cut geenhouse gas emissions, because cities and states are taking on the climate change fight abandoned by President Donald Trump, according to report released on Wednesday. The findings highlight a desire among large swathes of the country to continue fighting the threat of climate change despite the U.S. government’s disengagement from the global Paris agreement to curb global warming. [ read more … ]

New Jersey governor goes green

By Re News  •    •  Posted 2018-09-13 04:37:03

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has joined the Governors’ Wind & Solar Energy Coalition, a partnership of several US States aimed at promoting clean energy development. The US state is planning to develop up to 3.5GW of offshore wind power by 2030. “As the governor of a coastal state with offshore wind energy resources, I look forward to working closely with Governor Murphy and other coastal governors to expand offshore wind development and to collaborating with states across the nation to open new markets for wind and solar energy.” [ read more … ]

Wind and solar are no longer the goal. Now it’s no-carbon

Benjamin Storrow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-09-13 04:37:42

California’s landmark clean energy legislation marks a turning point in state climate action, analysts say, refocusing the debate around emissions reduction and away from policies that boost wind and solar. State climate policy has long prioritized renewable portfolio standards, which require utilities to buy increasing amounts of wind and solar power. And to be sure, the California measure signed into law this week has one of those. The law, known as S.B. 100, requires renewables to account for 60 percent of electricity sales in 2030, an increase from the previous standard of 50 percent. [ read more … ]

Regulators: $2B southwestern power line project lacks location details

By Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2018-09-13 04:38:10

Developers behind a proposed $2 billion high-voltage power line that would funnel wind and solar energy from rural spots in New Mexico and Arizona to larger markets will have to make another run at getting needed approvals from regulators in New Mexico. The Public Regulation Commission voted unanimously to reject the proposed location of the lines, finding that the application by SunZia lacked information needed to determine the project’s environmental impact on communities it would span. [ read more … ]

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