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August 15, 2019

Top Story

Wind energy CEO vows to build delayed offshore project

By The Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2019-08-15 04:32:32

Vineyard Wind is committed to building the nation’s first large-scale offshore wind farm off the Massachusetts coast despite a decision by federal regulators to delay issuing a key environmental impact statement, company CEO Lars Pedersen said Monday. But the company will have to push back its deadline for the 800-megawatt project, Pedersen said. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Here’s what environmentalists are really worried about with Trump’s new power plant rule

By Dino Grandoni, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2019-08-15 04:33:08

The action, led by New York Attorney General Letitia James, argues the Trump regulation, which was finalized this summer, does not “meaningfully” reduce carbon dioxide emissions and that the EPA is negligent in its duties under the Clean Air Act. The AGs contend the EPA must require the “best system of emission reduction available” and that the Trump administration’s rule would only nibble away at the margins. [ read more … ]

Legal fight over Trump coal plant rule shows just how divided red states and blue states are

By Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner  •    •  Posted 2019-08-15 04:33:27

The legal battle over the Trump administration’s emissions rules for coal plants reveals the stark divide between states on climate change policy. Attorney General Letitia James of New York led a coalition of 22 mostly Democratic states and seven local governments suing the Trump administration Tuesday in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals for gutting President Barack Obama’s signature plan for reducing coal plant emissions to combat climate change. [ read more … ]

How a utility became the world’s largest renewable developer

By Kristi E. Swartz, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-08-15 04:33:48

While the Southern states largely were a dead zone for renewables, the Midwest and other parts of the country were sprouting turbines and solar panels, fueled by renewable energy mandates in those other markets. Today, that aggressive strategy is paying off. After years of gaining traction in places that were required to buy renewables and firming up relationships with vendors and suppliers, the Juno Beach, Fla.-based company is the world’s largest wind and solar developer. [ read more … ]

A wind farm that can power 168,000 homes is blowing into Central Texas

By Orla McCaffrey, Dallas Morning News  •    •  Posted 2019-08-15 04:34:07

Wind was still building its reputation as a reliable energy source back in 2007, and West Texas and the Panhandle claimed most projects. The Great Recession hit a few months later, and plans for the project were shelved. But a series of nearby wind developments in recent years helped get locals on board, reviving plans for the site 2 miles northwest of Eden, Texas. Construction of a wind farm called Maverick Creek is set to begin in September, with annual wind energy production in the state on track to surpass coal energy for the first time. [ read more … ]

Wind power is winning in the U.S. despite Trump’s critiques

By Ben Geman, Axios  •    •  Posted 2019-08-15 04:34:22

President Trump used a speech at a Shell petrochemicals plant in Pennsylvania on Tuesday to revive his attacks against wind energy, but his speech came just days after Department of Energy’s latest major analysis of wind technology trends. The timing of the president’s speech clashed with the report, which underscored why wind has become an increasingly competitive resource.
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Primary

Warren blasts Trump administration for offshore wind delay

By Heather Richards, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-08-15 04:32:06

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) blasted the Trump administration for delaying the first major offshore wind project in the U.S., accusing the Interior Department of putting “polluters’ profits” over people. “The Trump administration’s last-minute decision to delay approval of a major offshore wind energy project is extremely disappointing,” the Democratic presidential candidate said in a statement. “The Trump administration has chosen to hinder this important project and continues to put corporate polluters’ profits over American’s wellbeing.” [ read more … ]

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