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April 17, 2019

Top Story

Greens convene Midwestern leaders for collaboration

Benjamin Storrow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-04-17 04:09:43

Environmentalists hosted state officials from Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin in Chicago today, in a bid to jump-start regional climate efforts in the Midwest. The purpose of the gathering is to identify common challenges and areas for potential collaboration, said Josh Mogerman, a spokesman for the Natural Resources Defense Council, one of four environmental groups hosting the meeting. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Supreme Court won’t hear nuke subsidy cases, clarifying state energy jurisdiction

By Gavin Bade, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2019-04-17 04:10:15

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up a pair of cases challenging state nuclear subsidies in New York and Illinois, affirming the legality of the similar programs. Fossil fuel generators had challenged the legality of the subsidies, which were respectively upheld by federal district and appeals courts last year. The Supreme Court announced it would not hear the cases without explanation. [ read more … ]

Governor Reynolds seeks $25M for state flood fund, creates board

By The Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2019-04-17 04:10:37

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) is asking lawmakers for $15 million from the ending balance of the current year’s budget for immediate work on levees and repairs in flooded communities. She’s also seeking $10 million from next year’s budget to accelerate housing improvements. Reynolds announced her request yesterday, saying federal money often takes months or years to arrive. [ read more … ]

Feds to D.C. Circuit: Rethink ruling against Va. power line

Ellen M. Gilmer, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-04-17 04:10:59

The Trump administration is urging federal judges to rethink their recent decision striking down a key permit for a transmission project across the James River in Virginia. In a filing to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit yesterday, the Army Corps of Engineers warned of major disruptions if the Dominion Virginia Power-backed project loses its federal approval. [ read more … ]

Natural gas industry calls for new FERC nominee

Jeremy Dillon, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-04-17 04:11:29

The natural gas industry pressed the White House today to fill the empty slot on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to enable billions in infrastructure project permitting to move forward. In a joint letter, the American Gas Association, the American Petroleum Institute and other natural gas groups urged President Trump to fill the vacant seat left by the death of former Chairman Kevin McIntyre at the beginning of this year with a new nominee. [ read more … ]

Dems push N.M. as ‘clean energy state’

Kellie Lunney, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-04-17 04:11:48

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham today made clear she expects her state to lead the country in mitigating the environmental impacts of fossil fuels and promoting renewable energy, while also working with an oil and gas industry that contributes significantly to the state’s economy. The former Democratic congresswoman acknowledged during a House subcommittee field hearing in Santa Fe that the oil and gas industry provides for the “lion’s share of the state’s budget” and helps fund important policy priorities for her administration, including early childhood education initiatives. [ read more … ]

Turbine proposal whips up dispute in rural Wis.

By Sarah Whites-Koditschek, Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism/Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2019-04-17 04:12:03

The project reflects a reignited interest among wind developers in the state, according to Renew Wisconsin Policy Director Michael Vickerman. Currently, wind power provides less than 3% of Wisconsin’s electricity. The fight between residents and renewable energy is playing out in Wisconsin and other states as large wind and solar projects — which in some cases can produce electricity more cheaply than coal-fired power plants — have begun cropping up in rural areas. [ read more … ]

Want to Escape Global Warming? These Cities Promise Cool Relief

By Kendra Pierre-Louis, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2019-04-17 04:12:19

As the West burns, the South swelters and the East floods, some Americans are starting to reconsider where they choose to live. For advice, a few of them are turning to Jesse Keenan, a lecturer at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. At least once a day, Dr. Keenan, who studies urban development and climate adaptation, gets an email from someone asking where to move to be safe from climate change. The messages come from people who are thinking about moving not because they have already been hit by catastrophe, but because they see the writing on the wall. [ read more … ]

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