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September 19, 2019

Top Story

Bill Gates: Wind, solar tax credits should fund other things

By Carlos Anchondo, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-09-18 15:23:52

Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bill Gates said this week that government subsidies for wind and solar should be funneled to other technologies where “we need to get the market going.” Gates made the comments during an interview with Bloomberg Politics, where he was asked whether market forces or government support should help renewable power. “The tax benefits there should be shifted into things that are more limiting, like energy storage, offshore wind, which still has a huge premium price,” Gates said. [ read more … ]

Car Rule

Calif. officials, Trump spar over Clean Air Act waiver

By Anne C. Mulkern, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-09-18 16:07:32

California’s top political leaders  defended the state’s right to set its own standards for clean cars and promised to fight the Trump administration’s bid to squash that power. Attorney General Xavier Becerra (D), Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) and Air Resources Board Chairwoman Mary Nichols said the Trump administration lacks the legal grounds to revoke California’s Clean Air Act waiver, which gives the nation’s most populous state the right to set more stringent tailpipe emissions standards than federal ones. The California trio also framed its stance as a climate change fight, saying there’s a dire need to cut greenhouse gas emissions. [ read more … ]

Senators grill DOJ official over Calif. deal probe

By Timothy Cama, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-09-18 15:23:34

The Trump administration’s top official for antitrust matters at the Department of Justice denied allegations yesterday that the investigation into a fuel efficiency agreement four automakers struck with California regulators is politically motivated or improper. “I’m not doing this for political reasons,” Makan Delrahim, assistant attorney general for antitrust, said at a hearing of the Senate Judiciary subcommittee on antitrust, in response to harsh questioning by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse [ read more … ]

Trump administration not so interested in states’ rights when it comes to California

By Dino Grandoni, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2019-09-18 15:24:13

President Trump likes to cast himself as a champion of states’ rights. But he stops short when it comes to California and other liberal states. The latest example comes from Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency, which is on the cusp of revoking California’s authority to regulate heat-trapping emissions from automobiles inside the state.
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Power Plan

Legal war on the Clean Power Plan is over — sort of

By Niina H. Farah, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-09-18 15:22:50

Litigation over the Clean Power Plan may have officially come to an end yesterday, but some of the key issues about the legality of the rule will still be up for review in the lawsuit over its replacement. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled yesterday that the consolidated litigation over the Obama administration’s rule on carbon emissions from power plants was now moot. [ read more … ]

We can finally declare the clean [power plan lawsuit dead

By Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner  •    •  Posted 2019-09-18 15:25:10

Four years and seven hours of oral arguments later, the D.C. Circuit has finally closed the door on the lawsuit over the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan. The full panel of judges who heard marathon oral arguments over the power plant carbon limits in September 2016 ordered the lawsuit dismissed as moot Tuesday.
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Policy & Politics

Virginia Gov. Northam orders 100% carbon-free power by 2050

By Catherine Morehouse, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2019-09-18 15:24:52

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, D, on Tuesday signed an executive order calling for the state to reach 100% carbon-free power by 2050 and 30% renewables by 2030. The order directs regulators to establish a path to a carbon-free electric sector through solar, wind, energy efficiency and energy storage supplied by Dominion, the state’s monopoly utility. It also directs regulators to reduce Virginia’s electricity consumption 10% below 2006 levels, and for state agencies to get 30% of their electricity from Dominion-powered renewables by 2022.
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PJM capacity market plan to increase costs $8.4B, market monitor estimates

By Iulia Gheorghiu, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2019-09-18 15:24:35

PJM Interconnection’s Independent Market Monitor, Monitoring Analytics, estimates capacity market costs will increase $8.4 billion annually based on the grid operator’s current proposal to retain all units at risk of retirement in the market with subsidies, according to a memo released Monday. The plan, currently before federal regulators, is opposed by Monitoring Analytics and a variety of other stakeholders. The market monitor says its Sustainable Market Rule (SMR) proposal would lead to very minimal cost increases. [ read more … ]

Inside Conservative Groups’ Effort to ‘Make Dishwashers Great Again’

By Hiroko Tabuchi, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2019-09-18 15:25:53

Of all the conservative efforts to persuade the Trump administration to weaken the nation’s environmental rules, the dishwasher lobby might be the most peculiar. “Dishwashers used to clean a full load of filthy dishes in under an hour. But now they take an average of two and a half hours and STILL leave dishes dirty!” reads one online petition promoted by FreedomWorks, a libertarian offshoot of a group co-founded by the late David H. Koch and his brother Charles Koch, who made their fortune in fossil fuels. The decline of American dishwashers, the site says, is “all thanks to crazy environmentalist rules.” [ read more … ]

 

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