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September 25, 2018

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California Governor Jerry Brown Signs Bill for Carbon-Free Power by 2045

By Mark Chediak, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2018-09-25 04:45:16

California Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation that would require all of the state’s electricity to come from carbon-free sources by 2045, marking the biggest step yet in his fight against global warming. The measure, passed last month by the legislature, will eliminate the reliance on fossil fuels to power homes, businesses and factories in the world’s fifth-largest economy, accelerating a shift already under way. The state currently gets about 44 percent of its power from renewables and hydropower. [ read more … ]

California Urges Trump to Drop Plan for Weaker Fuel Standard

By Sudhin Thanawala, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2018-09-25 04:45:29

California officials demanded Monday that the Trump administration back off a plan to weaken national fuel economy standards aimed at reducing car emissions and saving people money at the pump, saying the proposed rollback would damage people’s health and exacerbate climate change. Looming over the administration’s proposal is the possibility that the state, which has become a key leader on climate change as Trump has moved to dismantle Obama-era environmental rules, could set its own separate fuel standard that could roil the auto industry. That’s a change the federal government is trying to block. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

New Jersey Makes Way For 1.1 Gigawatt Offshore Wind

By Joshua S Hill, CleanTechnica  •    •  Posted 2018-09-25 04:45:54

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities voted unanimously on Monday to move forward with its expansive offshore wind development plans, opening an application window for 1,100 megawatts (MW) of offshore wind capacity, the largest single-state solicitation of offshore wind to date in the United States. [ read more … ]

Iberdrola Plans to Boost U.S. Renewable Power by About 50 Percent-CEO

By Scott DiSavino, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2018-09-25 04:46:11

Iberdrola SA, the world’s biggest wind power producer, plans to expand its renewable capacity in the United States by about 50 percent over four years as part of the Spanish electric utility’s global plan to reduce carbon emissions, its chief executive told Reuters on Monday.c Ignacio Galan, who was in New York to speak at the United Nations’ Global Compact Leaders Summit, said the company expects to spend about $15 billion in the United States on its transmission and distribution system and increase its renewable generation to around 10,000 megawatts (MW) by the end of 2022. [ read more … ]

North Carolina floods thrust Trump coal deregulation back into spotlight

By Dino Grandoni, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2018-09-25 04:46:26

For nearly a half century, Duke Energy’s L.V. Sutton power plant in North Carolina has stored a toxic substance called coal ash in a nearby basin. The byproduct left behind when coal is burned for energy is prone to leach into waterways — and laced with arsenic, lead and mercury. After Hurricane Florence struck the Carolinas, floodwaters inundated the 47-year-old basin and sent waters polluted with that waste into North Carolina’s Cape Fear River.  The storm also breached the wall of a separate coal ash landfill nearby. [ read more … ]

100% Renewable Energy: Cleveland Sets a Big Goal as It Sheds Its Fossil Fuel Past

By BY DAN GEARINO, Inside Climate News  •    •  Posted 2018-09-25 04:46:38

Cleveland, Ohio, which has worked for years to reinvent itself as it sheds its industrial past, has become the latest major city to announce plans to shift to 100 percent renewable energy sources for electricity. The plan stands out in a state that in recent years has been more inclined to roll back clean energy rules than strengthen them, and in a territory served by FirstEnergy, which has been a leading burner of fossil fuels. [ read more … ]

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