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November 5, 2018

Top Stories

Energy, environment initiatives prominent nationwide

By Cecelia Smith-Schoenwalder, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-11-05 06:30:54

From salmon in Alaska to a carbon tax in Washington, voters will take state environment and energy issues into their own hands this week. People in 37 states will decide on 155 state ballot measures, according to the website Ballotpedia, which tracks political candidates and other election issues nationwide. Energy is a standout theme, with six measures in six states related to fossil fuels and promoting renewable energy generation. [ read more … ]

‘Things that we predicted are starting to happen’

Maxine Joselow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-11-05 04:22:12

Gavin Schmidt didn’t want his climate predictions to become reality. But that’s exactly what’s happening. A celebrated climate scientist who leads NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, Schmidt isn’t happy about witnessing decades-old predictions of hotter oceans or a melting Arctic come to fruition. [ read more … ]

PJM finds ‘no immediate threat’ to reliable power

Rod Kuckro, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-11-05 04:21:29

The nation’s largest grid operator seized control of the resilience debate yesterday when it issued an analysis that found there is “no imminent threat” to keeping the lights on as coal and nuclear power plants close. That was the conclusion of a virtual stress test that looked at the resilience of power generators’ fuel supplies in the PJM Interconnection, which provides power to 65 million people in all or parts of 13 states and the District of Columbia in the Mid-Atlantic to the Midwest and operates a competitive wholesale electricity market. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Market forces buffeting future of wind power in Maine

BY TUX TURKEL, Portland Press Herald  •    •  Posted 2018-11-05 04:23:52

Ten years have passed since Maine enacted a landmark wind power law, designed to attract a new energy industry and decrease dependence on fossil fuels. It worked, for the most part. As the Maine Wind Energy Act enters a second decade, developers say the state is unlikely to see strings of new turbine towers on the horizon, as market forces overtake policy directives. In 2018, only a 22-turbine wind farm in Hancock County and a four-turbine project in Oxford County have active permit application [ read more … ]

Supreme Court allows kids’ case to move forward

Ellen M. Gilmer, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-11-05 04:22:34

Landmark litigation brought by young people challenging government inaction on climate change is set to move forward. The Supreme Court issued an order Friday greenlighting the ambitious “kids’ climate case,” a novel lawsuit brought by 21 children and young adults asserting a right to a safe climate. [ read more … ]

Even most Americans in coal-reliant states prefer renewables

By Irina Ivanova, CBS MoneyWatch  •    •  Posted 2018-11-05 04:23:22

A large majority of Americans in coal-heavy states favor increasing renewable energy use. Most would also be willing to buy solar panels for their own use, and a plurality would be willing to pay an additional $5 a month to get energy from fully renewable sources, according to a survey from Consumer Reports. The consumer advocacy group spoke with 1,200 Americans, including 400 residents of coal-reliant states: Illinois, Ohio, Tennessee, and Virginia. Residents of those four states largely agreed with Americans as a whole, the organization found. [ read more … ]

Not just behemoths are buying wind, solar power

By Brian Eckhouse, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2018-11-05 04:23:00

Companies don’t have to be as big as Walmart Inc. or Facebook Inc. to buy solar or wind power anymore. Businesses with more modest appetites for electricity — including Swiss Re AG, Nestlé SA and others — are increasingly banding together to line up deals for clean power, broadening a market long dominated by tech giants, according to a report yesterday by Bloomberg NEF. [ read more … ]

3 Republican governors who are pro-climate

Benjamin Storrow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-11-05 04:24:20

Last month, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker sauntered to the podium at a forum hosted by the Environmental League of Massachusetts and ticked off a list of his administration’s environmental accomplishments. The Republican talked about signing a pair of bills that will push the commonwealth’s acquisition of offshore wind to 3,200 megawatts — enough to power around 1.3 million homes. He talked about approving a $2.4 billion bond to fund a climate resilience program, helping steel the Bay State against rising seas. And he talked about looming environmental challenges in unsuspecting policy areas like housing, where Massachusetts faces a shortage of affordable units. [ read more … ]

AGs on Trump carbon rule: ‘This will end up in the courts’

By Pamela King, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-11-05 04:24:35

President Trump’s proposed Clean Power Plan replacement wouldn’t stand a chance in court, a coalition of attorneys general wrote this week. The chief legal officers of 19 states, all Democrats, on Wednesday laid out a detailed challenge of the Trump administration’s efforts to curb carbon dioxide emissions. They filed their comment on the final day of the Trump EPA’s deadline for feedback on its Affordable Clean Energy rule. [ read more … ]

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