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April 12, 2019

Top Story

‘This is what we would expect from climate change’

By Daniel Cusick, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-04-12 04:31:26

More than 10 million Americans are seeking shelter this morning from rain, sleet, snow, hail, ice and wind as one of largest spring storms on record churns across the Great Plains into the Missouri and Mississippi river basins. The storm, created by a powerful collision of cold and warm air masses over the central Rockies and western plains, has been described by some as a “bomb cyclone,” a technical term referring to an atmospheric pressure drop of at least 24 millibars over 24 hours. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Some of Tallest Wind Turbines in the U.S. Are Going Up in Texas

By Chris Martin, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2019-04-12 04:32:01

Duke Energy Corp. is installing some of America’s tallest wind turbines in southern Texas. The company is using 590-foot (180-meter) windmills from Vestas Wind Systems A/S to build a project southeast of Laredo, according to a statementThursday. That’s three stories taller than the Washington Monument. [ read more … ]

Lawmakers on Wheeler: Polite, informed — and not Pruitt

George Cahlink, Geof Koss and Kevin Bogardus, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2019-04-12 04:32:29

When Michigan Democratic Rep. Debbie Dingell asked EPA chief Andrew Wheeler about revising fuel economy standards at a hearing this week, she knew they’d have opposing views. But she says she at least felt the administrator would hear her out and understand her reasons for wanting a single national emissions standard. [ read more … ]

N.C. considers wind turbine ban to protect military flights

By Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2019-04-12 04:32:51

Legislation that pits jobs at North Carolina’s military bases against wind energy got its first airing at the state Legislature. The Senate’s Commerce and Insurance Committee heard impassioned arguments yesterday about a proposal to ban commercial power windmills that can stand as tall as a football field from regions with the state’s best wind-power potential. [ read more … ]

Here’s how Apple is trying to curb greenhouse gas emissions

By Dino Grandoni, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2019-04-12 04:33:15

Ahead of Earth Day, Apple announced how it is ratcheting up its efforts to rein in greenhouse-gas emissions from its worldwide operations: It is now compelling its suppliers to use wind, solar and hydroelectric energy to power their plants. As Steven Mufson and I report, the computer-maker said Thursday that 21 manufacturers in its supply chain have recently vowed to obtain all their electricity from those and other renewables sources, bringing to more than 5 gigawatts the total amount of renewable energy that will be used by the company and its [ read more … ]

Chatterjee: ‘We’ll see where the courts come down’ on GHGs

Rod Kuckro, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-04-12 04:33:35

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Neil Chatterjee yesterday tried to reassure attendees at an energy summit that the agency is striving to reach a bipartisan consensus on natural gas pipeline and liquefied natural gas projects. “We’re negotiating how to move forward on some of these infrastructure projects,” Chatterjee said at the Columbia Global Energy Summit in New York. “That’s something my colleagues and I are discussing every day.” [ read more … ]

Bill to expand EV credits part of broad lobbying push

Geof Koss, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-04-12 04:33:54

The manufacturers’ cap on a key federal electric vehicles tax credit would increase threefold under bipartisan legislation offered yesterday by a quartet of senators. It comes as lawmakers on both sides of the aisle push for action on a number of tax issues, including expired energy incentives. [ read more … ]

Automakers might have to wait 7 years for profits — study

David Ferris, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-04-12 04:34:15

Carmakers plowing hundreds of billions of dollars into making new electric models might have to wait five to seven years before those vehicles start to wring a profit, according to a new study. It currently costs on average $12,000 more to manufacture a single EV than a comparable car with an internal-combustion engine, said analysts at research firm McKinsey & Co. [ read more … ]

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