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January 9, 2019

Top Story

U.S. greenhouse gas emissions spiked in 2018 — and it couldn’t happen at a worse time

By Chris Mooney and Brady Dennis, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2019-01-09 04:39:42

U.S. carbon dioxide emissions rose an estimated 3.4 percent in 2018, according to new research — a jarring increase that comes as scientists say the world needs to be aggressively cutting its emissions to avoid the most devastating effects of climate change. The findings, published Tuesday by the independent economic research firm Rhodium Group, mean that the United States now has a diminishing chance of meeting its pledge under the 2015 Paris climate agreement to dramatically reduce its emissions by 2025. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Planning for New England project delayed during shutdown

By Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2019-01-09 04:40:02

The ongoing federal government shutdown is affecting planning for a proposed wind farm project off New England’s coast. Two federal meetings have been postponed indefinitely, one in New Bedford, Mass., today and another in Narragansett, R.I., tomorrow. [ read more … ]

Pennsylvania governor sets emissions-cutting goals

By Marc Levy, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2019-01-09 04:40:21

Gov. Tom Wolf (D) is stepping up the fight against climate change and setting targets to slash Pennsylvania’s greenhouse gas emissions over the coming decades in a heavily populated and fossil-fuel-rich state. Wolf yesterday issued an executive order that commits his administration to meeting certain targets, putting the state in a league with what the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions says are 20 other states that already set targets. [ read more … ]

Minnesota tailpipe emissions policy to focus on EVs, renewables

Jeffrey Tomich, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-01-09 04:40:53

Minnesota’s electric utilities more than did their job cutting power-sector carbon emissions in line with a 2007 law that called for an 80 percent reduction in economywide greenhouse gas emissions by the middle of the century. Now those same utilities may play an important role in tackling a tougher task — slashing tailpipe pollution — by helping encourage electric vehicle adoption. Incoming Gov. Tim Walz (D), who was sworn in yesterday, has said helping Minnesota meet its 80 percent greenhouse gas emissions reduction target will be a priority. Local governments are at work on helping to curb transportation emissions by replacing diesel buses with electric ones. [ read more … ]

AEP looks again to wind after $4.5B plan flops

Edward Klump, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-01-09 04:41:11

Two units of American Electric Power Co. announced requests for wind energy proposals yesterday, less than six months after the company decided to cancel its $4.5 billion Wind Catcher project. The new approach reflects continued interest in wind at AEP’s Southwestern Electric Power Co. (SWEPCO) and Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO), despite Texas regulators’ rejection of a Wind Catcher application last year. [ read more … ]

Hawaiian Electric submits nation’s second largest slate of battery projects for regulatory review

By Iulia Gheorghiu, Utility Dove  •    •  Posted 2019-01-09 04:41:35

Hawaiian Electric (HECO) submitted seven solar-plus-storage projects on three islands on Thursday to the Public Utilities Commission for review, totaling over 260 MW of solar and 1 GWh or storage, the second-largest announcement of energy storage projects in the country. The projects’ costs range from $0.08 to $0.12 per kWh, which HECO said are lower than the cost of fossil fuel generation in the state. Due to the need to import petroleum for power generation, Hawaii has some of the highest energy bills in the country. [ read more … ]

Democrat Tom Steyer to announce his political plans in Iowa today

By Robin Opsah, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted 2019-01-09 04:41:56

Tom Steyer, a California billionaire who many expect to run for president, will announce his future political plans at a news conference in Des Moines today, according to a news release. The event is putatively so that Steyer can talk about his stances on improving education, as a part of his “5 Rights” platform. But his release also said Steyer will will make an announcement concerning his political plans for 2019 and beyond [ read more … ]

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