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March 14, 2019

Top Story

UN: Environment Is Deadly, Worsening Mess, but Not Hopeless

By Seth Borenstein, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2019-03-14 04:32:52

Earth is sick with multiple and worsening environmental ills killing millions of people yearly, a new U.N. report says. Climate change, a global major extinction of animals and plants, a human population soaring toward 10 billion, degraded land, polluted air, and plastics, pesticides and hormone-changing chemicals in the water are making the planet an increasing unhealthy place for people, says the scientific report issued once every few years. But it may not be too late. [ read more … ]

U.N. calls for ‘urgent action at an unprecedented scale’

By Jean Chemnick, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-03-14 04:33:13

The world must either move environmental protection to the top of its agenda now or suffer dire consequences, according to a United Nations report issued today. The latest update to the Global Environment Outlook warned that land and water degradation, resource depletion, and climate change are already claiming lives and reducing global biodiversity. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Three’s company: New Mexico joins California, Hawaii in approving 100% clean energy mandate

By Catherine Morehouse, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2019-03-14 04:33:44

The New Mexico State House on Tuesday passed Senate Bill 489 44-22, requiring the state to generate 100% of its electricity from carbon-free resources by 2045. The Energy Transition Act, introduced in February and approved by the State Senate last week, also increases the state’s renewable portfolio standard (RPS) to 50% by 2030 and 80% by 2040, echoing Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s campaign promises. It also includes securitization provisions to help recover the costs of coal plant retirements and allocates funds toward transitioning mining communities. [ read more … ]

New Jersey report details strides state has made in meeting wind energy goals

By Dave Kovaleski, Energy Insider  •    •  Posted 2019-03-14 04:35:45

“We have gone from having no program on the day the Governor was inaugurated 55 weeks ago to developing a cutting-edge offshore wind program with a goal of 3,500 MW of offshore wind energy by 2030,” NJBPU President Joseph Fiordaliso said. “Offshore wind is a key aspect of the Governor’s clean energy initiatives as we put in place policies aimed at combatting the effects of climate change.” [ read more … ]

Wash. export hub becomes national flashpoint

Dylan Brown, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-03-14 04:36:07

Meat, milk jugs and the Green New Deal have become fuel for the feud between red and blue states over the Northwest’s last hope for exporting coal. The Millennium Bulk Terminals, a 44-million-ton coal export terminal proposed at a former aluminum smelter site on the banks of the Columbia River in Longview, Wash., has divided states that extract natural resources and the coastal states that are the gatekeepers to exporting those resources to energy-hungry Asia. [ read more … ]

Independent developer proposes $2.5B underground transmission line, to bring Iowa wind to PJM, MISO

By Iulia Gheorghiu, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2019-03-14 04:36:26

Direct Connect Development Company (DC DevCo) announced Monday a proposal for a 349-mile, 2.1 GW, high voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission line to run underground from Mason City, Iowa to the Chicagoland area, bringing renewable power from the wind-rich West into wholesale power markets. The SOO Green Renewable Rail (SOO Green) project is expected to cost $2.5 billion and could be operational by 2024, the company told the Des Moines Register. The project seeks to bypass the permitting difficulties of larger overhead transmission projects by burying the transmission line along an existing railroad and boring under ecologically sensitive areas. [ read more … ]

New solar stalls amid Trump tariffs

Jeremy Dillon, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-03-14 04:36:45

New solar capacity additions in 2018 saw a slight dip compared with prior-year numbers due to “growing pains” caused by the Trump administration’s import tariff, the industry revealed in a new report today. Although not the results the industry had hoped for, the minimal damage caused by the tariffs may offer a sign of solar’s staying power in the electric capacity mix over the next decade. [ read more … ]

The future of cars: EVs or oil?

Edward Klump and Jenny Mandel, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2019-03-14 04:37:06

A top Ford Motor Co. executive told a gathering of energy leaders here yesterday that electric and autonomous vehicles will help redefine transportation. William Clay Ford Jr., Ford Motor’s executive chairman, set the tone during an oil-focused day at CERAWeek by IHS Markit, which this year reflects growing concerns about climate change and a realization that industry must work to reduce pollution even as consensus on the best path remains elusive. [ read more … ]

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