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March 26, 2019

Top Story

Green New Deal takes the Senate stage

Nick Sobczyk and Geof Koss, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2019-03-26 04:07:12

The Senate is set to take a procedural vote on the Green New Deal, a widely anticipated event that will inevitably come with partisan fireworks. It will cap weeks of unusually intense debate about climate change on the Senate floor, and the long-term political fallout could help determine where policy on the issue ultimately lands in the coming years. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Copenhagen Wants to Show How Cities Can Fight Climate Change

By Somini Sengupta, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2019-03-26 04:08:53

Can a city cancel out its greenhouse gas emissions? Copenhagen intends to, and fast. By 2025, this once-grimy industrial city aims to be net carbon neutral, meaning it plans to generate more renewable energy than the dirty energy it consumes. [ read more … ]

Missouri Greenlights Massive New Wind Power Transmission Project

By Tina Casey, CleanTechnca  •    •  Posted 2019-03-26 04:07:43

Chalk this one up as another win for wind power, another setback for fossil fuel and nuclear power stakeholders. Last week a proposed new 780-mile DC transmission line called the Grain Belt Clean Line Express smashed through a regulatory bottleneck, and it looks like the long-delayed project could happen after all. When it does, it will carry 4,000 megawatts from wind farms in Kansas into Missouri, and from there on to points east. [ read more … ]

New Mexico governor signs landmark clean energy bill

By Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2019-03-26 04:08:10

Making good on a campaign promise, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Friday signed landmark legislation that will mandate more solar panels and wind turbines as the state sets ambitious new renewable energy goals. The Democratic governor, environmentalists and others gathered at the New Mexico State Capitol for a signing ceremony.
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Mandate or not? Colorado speaker, governor debate path to 90% carbon reductions

By Catherine Morehouse, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2019-03-26 04:08:24

Colorado legislators on Thursday introduced a House bill to reduce the state’s greenhouse gas emissions 90% below 2005 levels by 2050. The introduction of HB 19-1261 follows reported tension between the governor and Speaker of the House KC Becker over whether the bill should implement mandates or goals to achieve state carbon reductions. The plan as it now stands calls for statewide reduction “goals” rather than mandated emissions targets and directs the Air Quality Control Commission (AQCC) to “consult” with the Public Utilities Commission on matters related to emissions goals for retail electricity providers. [ read more … ]

Majority of coal plants are uneconomic to nearby wind, solar, report finds

By Iulia Gheorghiu, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2019-03-26 04:08:38

74% of existing coal plants cost more to operate last year than replacing them with new local wind and solar power, according to a report released on Monday from Vibrant Clean Energy and Energy Innovation. The analysis suggests most coal plants in the PJM region are uneconomic compared to nearby renewable resources. Coal resources receive revenue through the capacity market, which currently has rules that favor baseload generation and have “slowed the exit of uneconomic coal plants,” according to Mike O’Boyle, one of the report’s co-authors and an EI analyst. [ read more … ]

Rick Perry calls expanding nuclear energy “the real” Green New Deal

By Dino Grandoni, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2019-03-27 04:30:27

President Trump loves to talk about coal-fired power: Whenever he travels to West Virginia or Kentucky he boasts of bringing back “beautiful clean coal.” Trump talks far less at political rallies about his administration’s efforts to help the nation’s nuclear energy business. Yet on Friday, the president’s top energy official just announced a major $3.7 billion boost to keep afloat the last remaining commercial nuclear reactors under construction in the United States.  [ read more … ]

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