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March 18, 2019

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All-Clean Power Goals Trending Among Climate-Wary States

By Bobby Magill, Bloomberg BNA  •    •  Posted 2019-03-18 04:27:35

One hundred percent carbon-free electricity mandates are becoming a trend nationwide—but only in blue states, not red ones. New Mexico on March 12 became the third state after Hawaii and California to pass legislation setting a 100 percent zero-carbon electricity mandate.
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Policy & Politics

Op-Ed: Rural America is ready for some sort of a New Deal, preferably green

By Art Cullen, The Guardian  •    •  Posted 2019-03-18 04:30:41

The midwest would welcome a New Deal, and this is where it must start. The Great Plains from Iowa down through Kansas and Texas lead the world in wind energy production. Yet the wind energy production tax credit is set to wane and expire over the next five years. Those wind turbine royalties are increasingly important in western Kansas where you can barely raise a corn crop even with irrigation because of soil degradation and warmer nights wrought by climate change. Wind energy technicians who keep the blades whirring are paid good union wages and are welcome residents in tiny Iowa villages. They could ply their trade in West Virginia as well. [ read more … ]

Cohn says he tried to sell Trump on solar jobs over coal

By Brian Eckhouse, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2019-03-18 04:28:01

Gary Cohn, the former head of President Trump’s National Economic Council who left after losing a battle over steel tariffs, said he tried to sell Trump on solar jobs — and seemingly failed as the administration eventually imposed tariffs on the industry. Cohn said in an interview with the Freakonomics podcast that he “vividly” remembers having a conversation with the president comparing the less than 50,000 coal-mining jobs with more than 350,000 solar panel installers, according to a transcript released late Wednesday. [ read more … ]

Chatterjee: Transmission could be resilience docket solution

By Gavin Bade, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2019-03-18 04:28:17

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s high profile proceeding to enhance grid resilience could feature transmission investments as a solution, Chairman Neil Chatterjee said for the first time in public on Thursday.  Instead of designing the grid to withstand “every single type of extreme event,” Chatterjee told an industry conference it may be “more reasonable” to invest in transmission lines “to help reduce the size of a disruption.” [ read more … ]

Judge lets climate case proceed against Exxon

Daniel Cusick, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-03-18 04:29:28

A legal effort to hold industry accountable for pollution spills linked to sea-level rise gained ground Wednesday when a federal judge allowed a civil lawsuit targeting a petroleum storage facility outside Boston to proceed. Chief Judge Mark Wolf of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts let multiple claims go forward that allege Exxon Mobil Corp.’s Everett oil terminal on the Mystic River poses dangerous risks to nearby residents [ read more … ]

Exelon backs bill to bolster nuclear, renewables

Jeffrey Tomich, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-03-18 04:28:41

The nation’s largest nuclear operator and clean energy groups are calling on Illinois lawmakers to overhaul how the northern part of the state ensures there’s enough power plant capacity and slashing carbon emissions. Chicago-based Exelon Corp. backed legislation filed yesterday that would require the state to pull out of grid operator PJM Interconnection’s annual capacity auction. Under the bill, the Illinois Power Agency (IPA) would take over that responsibility. [ read more … ]

Hickenlooper touts energy record in bid for presidency

Mike Lee and Edward Klump, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2019-03-18 04:29:45

Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, searching for a middle road to the Democratic presidential nomination, touted his energy credentials to a roomful of energy executives, while also stressing the importance of acting on climate change. Colorado was the first state to regulate methane from oil and gas production. Hickenlooper helped negotiate the plan with environmentalists and oil drillers, and said it shows his track record of solving thorny problems. [ read more … ]

Beto faces ‘army’ over fossil fuel money

Adam Aton, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-03-18 04:30:00

Beto O’Rourke spent his first day on the presidential campaign trail touting the Green New Deal, joining most other Democratic 2020 hopefuls in endorsing massive government intervention to lower emissions. “Some will criticize the Green New Deal for being too bold or being unmanageable. I tell you what, I haven’t seen anything better that addresses this singular crisis we face, a crisis that could at its worst lead to extinction. The Green New Deal does that,” he said at a campaign stop in Iowa [ read more … ]

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