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December 10, 2019

Top Story

Move over coal. Gas now top emitter in the U.S.

By Benjamin Storrow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-12-09 15:40:38

Greenhouse gas emissions from natural gas use now exceed coal emissions in the United States and Europe. And while coal and oil still emit more globally, gas is now the primary driver of emissions growth worldwide. Those findings, reported last week in a study by the Global Carbon Project, add more fuel to an already smoldering debate about the role of natural gas in a carbon-constrained world. They also raise questions about its ability to serve as a “bridge fuel.” [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

U.S. Wind says Ocean City offshore wind project face significant delay

By Matthew Prensky, Salisbury Daily Times  •    •  Posted 2019-12-09 15:40:28

As the offshore wind energy debate heats up in Maryland, the next steps for Delaware’s involvement in the industry remain uncertain. In a letter to the Maryland Public Service Commission, U.S. Wind informed the state that the completion of its offshore wind farm will be delayed by two years. The company now says the project is due to be completed in 2023 rather than 2021. [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

Solar batteries could face 10-year setback — report

By David Iaconangelo, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-12-09 15:39:05

The world’s largest battery project was greenlighted last week by Nevada regulators, but some analysts warn that diminishing federal tax credits could deal a decadelong setback to the economics of other solar-plus-storage projects. In 2022, the 30% investment tax credit (ITC) for solar is scheduled to fall to 10%. If the ITC follows that path, it would take over a decade of steady declines in the cost of solar panels and batteries to offset the loss of the 30% credit, the Brattle Group said in a report last week.
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Climate Policy

Kavanaugh opens door to carbon rule challenge

By Niina H. Farah, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-12-09 15:38:28

How much authority should federal agencies have in shaping regulations like the Clean Power Plan, and how much of that work should fall to Congress instead? Some legal experts say that question could become a focus for the Supreme Court’s conservative majority now that Justice Brett Kavanaugh has signaled interest in reconsidering the scope of agency powers. Court watchers say Kavanaugh’s addition to the bench could open the door to a revival of the long-dormant nondelegation doctrine, which prevents Congress from handing off policy decisions to federal agencies. [ read more … ]

Car Rule

Trump says U.S. will finalize new fuel efficiency rules next year

By David Shepardson, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2019-12-09 15:39:45

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday that his administration will finalize its rollback of Obama-era vehicle emissions standards next year and expected it would provoke a new legal challenge by California. The administration had signaled in recent months it could finalize its proposed revisions to the requirements before the end of 2019. The administration has argued that the rollbacks are necessary for economic and safety reasons but California and environmentalists reject that analysis, saying consumers would spend hundreds of billions more in fuel costs. [ read more … ]

EVs

Calif. readies first U.S. plan for zero-emissions trucks

By David Iaconangelo, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-12-09 15:38:45

California regulators are thinking of doing for delivery vans and tractor-trailers what they’ve already done for light-duty cars — create a market for zero-emissions vehicles — and there are early signs that other states could follow suit. fficials on the California Air Resources Board (CARB) will hold a hearing Dec. 12 on a draft rule that would impose the first zero-emissions sales requirements on truck manufacturers. The agency unveiled the proposal in late October, following three years of research and public outreach. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Majority of U.S. states slashed environmental budgets over past decade, new study finds

By Dino Grandoni, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2019-12-09 15:39:30

The Trump administration has promised to give individual states more power to set their own strategies for curbing air and water pollution.  But states may not be up to the job: A whopping 30 states have cut their environmental budgets over the past decade, a new study found.  And it’s raising concerns among environmental advocates about whether states have enough resources to stop polluters.  [ read more … ]

Democratic state attorneys general celebrate 300 actions against Trump rollbacks

By Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner  •    •  Posted 2019-12-09 15:40:04

Democratic attorneys general so far have been successful in court, with judges finding the Trump administration has not always followed proper legal procedures and laws to unwind regulations and has failed to justify its actions with science-based facts, as required by the Administrative Procedures Act. Out of 28 environmental cases tracked by the NYU Institute for Policy Integrity, for example, the administration has won once.
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