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April 16, 2019

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Chicago becomes largest US city to commit to 100% clean energy

By Kristin Musulinm, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2019-04-16 04:18:49

The Chicago City Council on Wednesday unanimously voted to commit to 100% renewable energyby 2035, making it the largest U.S. city thus far to do so. The Mayor’s Office Sustainability Team will be responsible for developing a citywide transition plan for 100% clean energy by December 2020. The resolution also calls for complete electrification of the Chicago Transportation Authority (CTA)’s bus fleet by 2040.  [ read more … ]

Inslee notches climate victory as Wash. decarbonizes grid

By Benjamin Storrow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-04-16 04:19:27

Jay Inslee finally has a climate win — and another state is headed for carbon-free electricity. The Washington House of Representatives’ vote last week to zero out emissions from the state’s power sector represents a potential turning point, both for America’s most vocal climate hawk and for state efforts to curb carbon dioxide. State House and Senate negotiators still must reconcile their separate versions of the legislation, but that is a mere formality. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Vermont’s Largest Utility Wants 100% Renewable Power by 2030

By The Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2019-04-16 04:19:43

Vermont’s largest electric utility is upping the ante on its commitment to getting its power from renewable sources. Green Mountain Power announced Saturday that it set a goal of getting 100% of its power from carbon-free sources by 2025 and 100% from renewable sources by 2030. GMP serves more than 75% of Vermont electric customers. [ read more … ]

Here’s the nation’s only new coal plant. Is it the last?

Dylan Brown, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-04-16 04:20:21

Finding America’s only new coal-fired power plant means trekking nearly to the Arctic Circle. The University of Alaska, Fairbanks, hopes to complete work this May on a new 17-megawatt facility that will replace an existing 55-year-old coal plant as the source of power and heat for the nation’s northernmost campus. [ read more … ]

GOP moves to scrap Ohio renewable mandates, boost nuclear

Jeffrey Tomich, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-04-16 04:21:14

Ohio Republicans have for years fought battles to rescue FirstEnergy Solutions Corp.’s two nuclear plants and do away with renewable energy and efficiency mandates. Legislators filed a single bill Friday that would achieve both those goals. [ read more … ]

Inside conservatives’ disarray on climate

Mark K. Matthews, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-04-16 04:20:57

“Anyone who denies the risk of climate change is irresponsible,” wrote Flint, who serves as executive director of the Alliance for Market Solutions, a pro-carbon-tax group. “And being irresponsible disqualifies anyone from being a true conservative.” It was a remarkable moment for Flint and his small advocacy shop, which is close to celebrating its two-year anniversary. Not only was Flint sticking up for climate science, but he was doing it in such a way that turned on its head years of rhetoric from many on the right — in which acknowledging climate change was treasonous to conservatism. [ read more … ]

Trump woos Republicans hit by ‘bomb cyclone’

Daniel Cusick, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-04-16 04:20:41

Air Force One should make a smooth landing in the Twin Cities today, where President Trump will arrive for a tax-focused business roundtable under clear skies and 50-degree temperatures. Had he come a few days prior, the president might have needed a snowplow to get to his final destination, as one of the largest and most powerful April snowstorms in recent memory tracked across the Great Plains and set a bull’s-eye on Minnesota. [ read more … ]

Climate-Change Funds Try to Profit From a Warming World

By Tim Gray, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2019-04-16 04:19:07

They’re stepping beyond what have been the main investment responses to climate change — betting narrowly on green energy, like wind and solar power, or avoiding the worst polluters, like oil and coal companies, in low-carbon mutual funds and exchange-traded funds. “More and more clients, individuals and institutions, are asking for funds that address climate change and climate risk,” said Leslie Samuelrich, president of Green Century Capital Management in Boston. “Because of that, asset managers are starting to develop portfolios to meet that demand.” [ read more … ]

The $18 Billion Electric-Car Bubble at Risk of Bursting in China

By Bloomberg News  •    •  Posted 2019-04-16 04:20:06

There are now 486 EV manufacturers registered in China, more than triple the number from two years ago. While sales of passenger EVs are projected to reach a record 1.6 million units this year, that’s likely not enough to keep all those assembly lines humming, prompting warnings that the ballooning EV market could burst and leave behind only a few survivors. [ read more … ]



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