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December 12, 2018

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Manchin will officially become key energy gatekeeper

Jeremy Dillon, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-12-12 06:33:04

The West Virginian’s leadership position comes amid much scrutiny from progressive and environmental groups over his staunch support for coal and other fossil fuels and as activist groups like the Sunrise Movement grow louder in their efforts to ensure climate action on Capitol Hill. “The problems facing our country are serious, and I am committed to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to find common sense solutions for a long-term comprehensive strategy that incorporates an all-the-above strategy and ensures our state and our nation are leaders in the energy future,” Manchin said in a statement. [ read more … ]

The Year Ahead: Dems under pressure to deliver on green agenda

By By Miranda Green and Timothy Cama, The Hill  •    •  Posted 2018-12-12 04:49:00

Democrats have big plans on energy and environmental policy in the year ahead when they take control of the House. After eight years in the minority, House Democrats aim to push back on Trump administration efforts to roll back regulations and to put officials under greater oversight. They are also facing intense pressure from progressive groups to embrace an ambitious green agenda. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Coal-rich Colo. starts hiking long road to green power

Benjamin Storrow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-12-12 06:33:33

Colorado is in the vanguard of America’s energy transition. The Rocky Mountain State’s largest utility last week committed to slashing its emissions 80 percent by 2030 and zeroing them out by midcentury. And a day later, a municipal power company announced it, too, would eliminate its carbon emissions. Those announcements came as a rural electric cooperative — one of the last bastions of coal power in Colorado — said it would ask state regulators to approve the breakup of its coal-heavy electricity supplier. [ read more … ]

Inslee invokes Churchill as he rolls out climate legislation

Benjamin Storrow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-12-12 06:33:48

Inslee mixed Winston Churchill into his remarks, saying the world’s climate challenge is not unlike the predicament Allied forces found themselves facing during the darkest days of World War II. “There is no other option than victory, because without victory, there is not survival,” Inslee said. “If that sounds apocalyptic, then look at the science.” [ read more … ]

Washington state clean energy proposal to phase out coal completely by 2025

By Catherine Morehouse, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2018-12-12 06:34:23

Democratic Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Monday released a new clean energy proposal that would reduce the state’s greenhouse gas emissions 25% below 1990 levels by 2035, eliminating over 80 million metric tons of carbon. The package of legislation addresses five policy goals: 100% clean energy by 2045, transitioning to electric transportation, adding a clean fuel standard, constructing energy efficient buildings and eliminating hydrofluorocarbon. The 100% clean energy goal will require completely phasing out coal-fired generation by 2025 and eliminating all fossil fuels by 2045. [ read more … ]

Glick predicts return to resilience debate as McNamee prepares to take FERC seat

By Gavin Bade, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2018-12-12 06:34:55

Federal Energy Regulatory Commissioner Richard Glick on Monday predicted a return to the debate over coal and nuclear compensation at FERC, telling a Washington audience, “I don’t think the issue is dead.” With an emergency bailout reportedly on hold at the White House, “a lot of the focus is returning to FERC” on grid resilience issues, Glick said. FERC Chairman Neil Chatterjee will determine the direction of its resilience docket, but Glick said he is “not entirely sure where the chairman wants to go with that proceeding yet.” [ read more … ]

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